Winners Announced for Saskatchewan Business Challenge and SYPE Silver-Spades Awards

PrintEntrepreneurs from across the province were in Saskatoon last night for the second annual SkBC-SYPE Silver Spades Entrepreneurship Awards presented by Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (RROC), Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA), and Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (SYPE). This event provided the perfect opportunity for entrepreneurs, business leaders and professional experts to gather together and celebrate a growing culture of entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan.

The awards presented by SYPE opened with the Ace of Spades Award, presented to Kip Simon, owner of 22 Fresh. The Peddle Award was presented to Kevin Thompson, Industrial Alliance Securities. The Young Professional of the Year was presented to Lisa Dunville of KPMG LLP. The Volta Award was presented to Jordan Boesh and Andree Carpentier of 7 SHIFTS.

Shawn Peters, Vice-President, Finance and Technology and Chief Financial Officer of Information Services Corporation (ISC) presented the SkBC grand prize winner to Kasiel
Solutions; a fully mobile automatic fall detection device that looks like jewelry called ‘Ora’. The device can be triggered either by the user (depresses button) or by a fall accelerometer. Kasiel Solutions will receive $10,000 cash, office space at Innovation Place, Deloitte consulting services, $2,000 credit line at Tradebank , one year website hosting/domain registration with Blacksun; TOTAL value: $25,000.

Jim George and John Lee, President and CEO of SREDA and RROC respectively, presented the 2014 SkBC runner-up. Cook by Colours; a product that provides kids their own cookbook that depicts easy to follow recipes with picture instructions receives $3,000 cash, $2,500 bCreative marketing services, Deloitte consulting services, $2,000 credit line at Tradebank and one year website hosting/domain registration with Blacksun; TOTAL Value: $10,500.

DonnaLyn Thorsteinson, Program Manager of Square One announced the 2014 SkBC second runner-up. Orthoprint; a technology solution that allows podiatrists to create custom orthotic devices in real time received $2,000 cash, Deloitte consulting services, $3,500 Chris Street Negotiation & Sales training service and one year website hosting/domain registration with Blacksun; TOTAL Value: $8,500.

The Saskatchewan Business Challenge is committed to inspiring an emerging generation of entrepreneurs, strengthening the business community, and growing the entrepreneurial culture in Saskatchewan. RROC, SREDA and SYPE would like to thank the Ministry of the Economy for their generous support.

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