Entrepreneurial Spirit Defined By Young Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial Spirit Defined By Young Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial spirit is a word getting thrown around a lot these days. The government of Alberta whether it be for job creation or for educational purposes has highlighted the importance of creating skilled workers that possess this tendency towards the entrepreneurial.  But, what is entrepreneurial spirit? How does this change someone’s actions and how does it get instilled into someone at an early age? The spirit of an entrepreneur is often characterized by being passionate, creative, risk tolerant, resilient and excited to fail and learn from their experiences.  We asked a series of young entrepreneurs that are starting out their journey if entrepreneurial spirit was important in the world today and here are some of the responses we received…   “Yes, it is. We have come to a time were the world is getting smaller, as the world population is continually increasing. The standard of living is increasing for most people as technology, health care etc. is getting better but at the same time we are also neglecting other things such as the environment. An idea that originated somewhere may be of important use to many people so it is good that we share our ideas and work together as a collective, improving the world for everyone and for future generations.” -Liya, Undergraduate Student UofC, finalist in the RBC Fast Pitch Competition 2015  ” I guess I have an entrepreneurial spirit. I do think that it’s part of me. I learned it from my dad – constantly building things and tinkering with things, always making stuff better. An entrepreneurial spirit means constantly questioning the world around you, constantly noticing what’s happening...
Student Innovations “Rolling” our Way!

Student Innovations “Rolling” our Way!

When muscle pain strikes, there isn’t anything better than a massage and a common product used for pains and strains is a muscle roller.  ThermFit Tech has developed a powerful innovation that hopes to make therapists and their clients lives easier. ThermFit Tech has recently been part of the JMH LaunchPad Pitch Competition, a student start-up comeptition hosted by Mount Royal University to help launch ideas into real products. We met with Jesse and Jamie, the brains behind ThermFit Tech and asked them about their recent journey… Q: Can you tell us a bit about the program you are enrolled in at university? Why did you choose it, and what do you hope to do after graduating? Jesse:  I have completed three years of chemical and petroleum engineering at the University of Calgary.  I chose engineering because I enjoy the technical work involved with the discipline.  I hope to work in the oil and gas industry as an engineer upon graduation. Jamie: I have completed three years of accounting at Mount Royal University. I chose accounting because I felt it could help broaden my knowledge of business. My initial plan was to work in oil and gas, aiding companies in making key sound financial decisions. Q: What has your entrepreneurship course(s) taught you? We’ve both always been intrigued by the thought of building a company/product that provides value. Entrepreneurship offers the ultimate blank canvas to help develop, and build a company from the ground up. “Don’t be afraid to fail. You can’t be paralyzed by the fear of failure, you truly have to jump in with both feet and buy into...