2017 marked the 6th anniversary for Dawson College’s EWeek! A team of dedicated volunteers work for months to organize and execute this four-day event full of workshops, networking opportunities and of course, Dawson’s Den. Dawson EWeek averages attendance of more than 2500 participants, over 50 speakers, including CEDEC, and over 20 events each year.
Dawson’s Den 2017 began with over 20 teams pitching their ideas. Based on a People’s Choice vote, the Top 10 teams competed in the final round hoping to be chosen among the top three by a panel of experts. First place went to Bradley Heaven and Dan O’Connor who produced the “All Access Life” website, a resource for people with disabilities to learn about the latest trends and movements in accessible technology, web applications and general information. Watch their winning pitch on YouTube.
CEDEC has been engaged in EWeek for a number of years. Once again CEDEC was involved in networking activities along with providing a “Perfect Pitch” workshop engaging in the annual “Speed Date an Entrepreneur” activity. Through relationships with entrepreneurs and a strong partnership with Reseau M, CEDEC introduced business people to act as speed daters in this very popular activity. This fast-paced and high energy event provided a positive atmosphere for young entrepreneurs who were prepared and ready to learn from experienced entrepreneurs.
Rhonda Morrison, of CEDEC Youth Startup, met Sami Grosse at EWeek 2016. She was a dynamic and engaged student, eager to find information and learning opportunities to start her own business. Since then, she has been working with Morrison, who is a GrowthWheel-certified business advisor.
With CEDEC’s help, Grosse has created and launched her health and wellness business, Crawford Coaching, while continuing to develop her skills, take courses and work at a part-time job. The reality of many youth entrepreneurs/students is that they cannot commit fully to their business while still pursuing their education. Grosse is currently working to build up her client base with the goal of making Crawford Coaching her full-time endeavor. And of course, we know that she will never stop learning !