Social Entrepreneurship Competition Launch

On Friday April 13th, 2018, the College hosted a speaker panel and networking cocktail. This event was organized by the Sandbox in collaboration with West Island Community Shares.

The competition launch began with a panel of four speakers. Mike Ross, founder of Juniper, took the role of moderator. He both shared his entrepreneurial experiences and questioned the three other speakers about theirs.

Kara Sheppard-Jones was the second speaker who shared her experience with the students, staff and faculty of John Abbott College, Vanier College and Cégep Gérald-Godin. Kara is a fellow of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, and is a strategic Counsellor for Credo.

We also had the chance to hear from Samantha Regimbal, the Founder of What’s Up West Island (as well as What’s Up NDG, What’s Up Southshore, etc.).

Finally, Fabrice Vil, the co-founder and president of Pour3Points, shared his experience and taught us to “act like an organization and think like a movement.”

The four speakers talked about their education, how sometimes our passions and goals don’t fit into a specific program, and how that it’s okay. They spoke about challenges they’ve faced while building their idea, the challenges they are still facing today and gave advice for future entrepreneurs.

The second half of the event was a networking opportunity for all who were present. Food and drinks were offered, and everybody talked to each other. Some came with business plans and pitched their ideas to some of the speakers, others left with job or internship opportunities.

Participants of the event had a chance of winning one of two one-day-pass tickets for the C2 Montréal event. The winners were Charles Roy and Isabella Palladina.

In the end, the Social Entrepreneurship Competition Launch was a big success and the turnout was even bigger. For more details about the competition, visit!

Noémi Blom
Staff Writer

Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 47 Issue 13 on April 25, 2018