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SD43 students make a splash at YELL

Two SD43 teams take first and second place in Venture Challenge
School District 43 teams participated in the YELL Venture Challenge earlier this month and came away winners, information session for next year coming up.

Tri-City students took the top two spots at the Young Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL) 2016 Venture Challenge earlier this month.

Taking first place among 18 Lower Mainland teams was Cering, a group of students from School District 43 working on developing wearable technology that would send out a call for help when the wearer is in danger. Team members are: Victoria Teo, Sophia Lin and Georgiy Sekretaryul of Pinetree secondary and Farah Jhumra of Heritage Woods.

Second place went to the Essen team from SD43, which pitched the idea of an online community that enables people with a passion for cooking to transform their homes into social gatherings to share home-cooked meals. The team is: Chloe Lin, Rebecca Fu and Simon Hsieh of Pinetree secondary and Diana Ma, Karan Kwok and Michelle Shen of Heritage Woods.

The teams developed a business plan and pitched their ideas to business leaders during the YELL event May 7 at SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver. Judges included Jeff Booth, president and CEO of BuildDirect, and Sarah Lubik, director of entrepreneurship at SFU, among others.

An information session for students interested in YELL for the 2016/’17 school year will be held in the library at Gleneagle secondary on Wednesday, June 1 at 5:30 p.m.