Commerce students compete in online venture challenge

Author: 
Cindy MacDougall

Six student teams are applying entrepreneurial skills to a business to solve a real problem in the Royal Roads’ Online Venture Challenge.

The challenge sees students from the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management program start online businesses, nurturing them from idea to reality in only 30 days. All profits will be donated to the charities of their choice.

“The students have all chosen to sell products that connect to an environmental or social need, or are manufactured by a local producer,” says School of Business Assoc. Prof. Geoff Archer. “That ability to connect entrepreneurship to social awareness and responsibility is a key skill in today’s economy.”

Products include handmade bath bombs, glass terrariums, cell phone grips, shoe laces, camping mugs and gardening seeds.

While the businesses don’t necessarily run past the end of the challenge, many students plan their ventures with their sustainability in mind, Archer says.

The six online stores will be open until May 26:

Companion Seeds

Beyond the Haze

Pride Laces

Salty Bubbles

Solarium Terrariums

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