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STC Youth Business Plan winners awarded

Today in Saskatoon, winners of the STC 3rd Annual Mino-Bimaadiziwin Youth Business Plan Competition scooped up a total of $11,000 in prize cash to make dreams of owning their own business a reality. Winners and their families gathered at the award ceremony honouring three of Saskatchewan’s finest up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

Nathan Kaye of Sakimay First Nation took third place cash winnings of $2,500 for his company, Sports Entertainment Travel Tours, an online sports tourism travel company designed for NBA, NHL, MLBS, NFL and CFL sports enthusiasts.

Devon Fiddler of Waterhen Lake First Nation won the second place cash prize of $3,500 for SheNative Inc., a uniquely local and culturally stylistic leather handbag company. The company will give back to the community by employing women living in Saskatchewan.

Brandy-Lee Maxie of Waterhen Lake First Nation took $5,000 for first place for AB Original Health & Fitness. The company designs and delivers licensed, culturally inspired, Elder-approved dance fitness classes. Self-esteem and diabetes workshops will support individual’s fitness goals by providing the education and tools necessary to make healthy, preventative lifestyle choices.

Read the winners bios

First Nations role models Kendall Netmaker and Heather Abbey gave special presentations. Netmaker, the CEO of Neechie Gear offered guests sound advice in what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. Abbey, the CEO of ShopIndigenous.ca and the 2012 third place winner, shared her experience in expanding her company since her win.

The competition is the first tribal council hosted business plan competition in Canada that targets First Nations youth aged 16-35 years. Participants submitted business plans and pitched their idea to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash towards starting up their business.

Offered through the Saskatoon Tribal Council Youth Entrepreneurship Program and sponsored through PotashCorp, prize monies total $11,000.

Mino-Bimaadiziwin translates to “the good life” in the Saulteaux (Ojibway) language.