How you could win this Dragon's Den-inspired contest in Vancouver

Feb 17 2018, 4:02 am

The working world is filled with people who are striving to help make life better for others.

And in Vancouver alone, there are so many young leaders in fantastic positions. The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade recognizes this and has established the Peer Leadership Forum (PLF) under the Company of Young People program to bring teams of high-performing young leaders from a variety of industries together to share ideas, personal goals, and insights.

This leads to skills development, friendships, and the creation of innovative solutions to challenging barriers that affect the business community in the Greater Vancouver region. Every year, the PLF runs a ‘Big Idea Contest‘ and you can be part of the 2018 event.

It involves pitching live with your PLF team in true Dragon’s Den style. There will be 13 teams of eight to 10 people competing to best answer the assigned question on the topic of transportation. Here it is: As young professionals, what is one important change you would you like to see made to Greater Vancouver’s transportation system by 2030?

If you want to enter the contest, these are the stages you need to know about.

Stage 1 – The Report

All teams are asked to submit a four-page (maximum) report (excluding cover and works cited) detailing how you would answer the question. Make sure your report is single-sided, in 12 point font or bigger, single-spaced, and submitted as a PDF. The cover document should have your team name and number as well as the names of your awesome team members. The deadline is March 13 at 11:59 pm and you’ll need to email your report to [email protected].

Make sure to consider the economic and social impacts of your idea for the community and stakeholder groups, and how young professionals can help champion your proposed change. Answering the following questions will help make your report even better;

  • What is the change? Is it sensible and achievable?
  • What issue would this change address?
  • What are the pros and cons?

Stage 2 – The Pitch

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On March 20, teams will be shortlisted based on their reports they submitted. The top six teams will then get to move onto the final round: The Live Pitch Contest. Requirements for the live pitch will be provided at that time. But you guessed it – will include a live pitch that can involve one or more members of your team which includes some type of presentation material. On April 24, the top six teams will have the exciting opportunity to present their pitch to a live to a panel of judges at CBC studios. Don’t worry, even if your team doesn’t make the final round you’ll still get to go along and enjoy the show.

Stage 3 – Team X Basks in their win

The Geater Vancouver Board of Trade PLF is also confirming an opportunity to have the winning team present their submission to leaders in regional transportation. That could be you. Stay tuned!

For more information on how you can become a member of the Peer Leadership Forum, visit the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade now.

To get the latest updates and to stay in the know, check out the organization on Twitter and Facebook, and Instagram.

Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade 

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