Introducing the Esteemed Judges for the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

A Celebration of Innovation and Excellence Among Canada's Gifted Youth

As the Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge draws near, BNS News is excited to spotlight this year's esteemed panel of judges. This annual event, aimed at fostering creativity and entrepreneurial spirit among motivated youth, promises to be more thrilling than ever. The challenge invites young innovators to submit one-minute pitch videos, with the selected finalists developing full business pitches for the final round. This year's finals will be held virtually, enabling participation from students across the nation.

The Challenge: Nurturing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge is more than a competition; it's a platform that encourages young minds to think creatively and innovatively. Participants are given the opportunity to pitch their business ideas, receiving invaluable feedback from industry leaders. Those who make it to the finals will present their detailed business plans in a virtual assembly, viewed by an audience of Mensa youth and private school students and families.

To inspire our participants, we encourage them to view past winning presentations, showcasing the high level of creativity and entrepreneurial acumen that has impressed our judges in previous years.

Meet the Judges: Leaders in Their Fields

This year's panel of judges brings a wealth of knowledge and diverse expertise, ensuring that participants receive well-rounded and insightful feedback. Let's meet our distinguished judges:

Avi Zur - General Manager at Toronto Auto Brokers

Avi Zur's leadership at Toronto Auto Brokers has earned his team numerous accolades, including recognition from Car Gurus, the CBRB Business Review Board, Top Choice Award, and Three Best Rated. His expertise in pre-owned luxury car sales is matched by a business management style that values honesty, respect, and integrity. Avi's comprehensive approach to business offers valuable lessons for our young entrepreneurs. Avi's mentorship interview, featured in Winner Magazine, has continued to be one of our reader favourites. Learn more about Avi here.

Nika Sanguellini - Owner of The Injectionist & Aesthetics

Nika Sanguellini leads her clinics to the forefront of the cosmetic industry in Calgary and Edmonton. Her clinics have not only won the Top Choice Award for Top Choice Cosmetic Injectionists of 2024 but have also been recognized on the BNS Best in Business List for 2024. Nika’s dedication to continuous education and breaking industry stigmas has been central to her success, providing a powerful example of leadership and innovation in the medical aesthetics industry. Nika's mentorship interview, featured in Winner Magazine, has served as a popular guide, further providing inspiration to working moms across North America. Discover more about Nika's journey here.

Jennifer Donovan - Leading the J. Donovan Law Group

Jennifer Donovan, a celebrated figure in the legal community, has been recognized as the Best Divorce Lawyer and one of the Top 10 Criminal Defence Lawyers in Fredericton. Her firm has been awarded the Best Law Firm in New Brunswick by the CBRB Business Review Board in both 2022 and 2023. Jennifer's work in advancing women's roles in law and her active community involvement are truly inspirational. Her mentorship interview featured in Winner Magazine resonated so well with our readers that she was voted Most Influential Leader of 2023. Learn more about Jennifer's impact here.

Alignment with BNS Winner Magazine Values

The Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge exemplifies the values that BNS News and Winner Magazine stand for: celebrating excellence, innovation, and leadership. Our judges' accomplishments and dedication reflect the high standards we highlight in Winner Magazine, where we feature top professionals and businesses excelling in their fields.

Event Details

The virtual final presentations will take place on May 31, providing a platform for our finalists to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and creativity. This event is a testament to the innovative spirit of Canada's youth and their potential to shape the future. To request access to this exclusive event, please email .

BNS News is excited to see the brilliant ideas from our young participants and celebrate their hard work and ingenuity.

For more details and to view past features, visit BNS News Winner Magazine.

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