Read what past participants of the Dobson Practicum had to say about their experience:
LLOYD BUREAU, CEO and COFOUNDER OF TRYNYTY
1st PLACE DOBSON 2017
My name is Lloyd Bureau, Cofounder and CEO of TRYNYTY (www.thetrynyty.com). Our company designs, manufactures and distributes some of the highest quality freestyle scooter products in the world.
The Dobson Practicum is a great experience for any student interested in developing their entrepreneurial skills in a real world setting. There is so much more to learn at JMSB than what goes on in the classroom, and this competition is a prime example.
The Practicum was challenging, without becoming a time burden in the busy schedule of a student-entrepreneur. We had the opportunity to be coached by Michel Greiche, who met with us at least once every two weeks to measure our progress, discuss strategy, and make suggestions on the next steps to take. The series of pitches throughout the semester ensured a steady progress of our objectives, which resulted in us reaching the final pitch with a fully operational company and some greatly improved public speaking skills. During the Practicum's 3 month long process, we kept our eyes on the prize and took in all the advice that was given to us throughout the competition. It was incredible to see all of that hard work pay off in the end!
Beyond our company's progress, the coaching, and the prize money, we also had the opportunity to meet with many esteemed members of the Montreal business community who extended to us various resources, advice and even an investment offer...
I would like to congratulate the entrepreneurs at Basilisk and Spinyt for taking 2nd and 3rd place. I would also like to congratulate every team that made it to the $EED Competition. I wish you all the best of success with your current and future ventures!
Thanks again to all the staff members who organize this competition every year; it is definitely one of JMSB's hidden gems!"
Khashayar Toodehfallah, founder of termelo
1st place 2016 $eed competition
The practicum was an exceptional experience. With its balanced work-load, it was fully manageable for a full-time student yet it offered a level of value that exceeded my expectations. The mentorship process was also a fantastic experience. During the development months, our mentor helped us not only with business development challenges but also with psychological challenges that we grappled with such as trying to envision the future of the business or loosing motivation after discouraging customer meetings. During the networking cocktails planned, we managed to make some great connections with people who can either help us now or later in developing or accelerating our business. I could not recommend this experience enough.
anthony esposito, founder of delivurr
2nd place 2016 $EED competition
The Dobson Practicum was an incredible experience that I would highly recommend to all of my peers. I was extremely fortunate to have walked away with a monetary prize – but what I gained in terms of knowledge and network was worth much more! My mentor (who is absolutely amazing) provided me with insightful recommendations and constant encouragement. The program's mentors, events, workshops and deadlines (especially for the business plan and rocket pitch) forced me to be accountable with the progression of my business. All of this, coupled with continuous feedback, has definitely helped me grow both personally and professionally... and this is only the beginning!
Victor Barbaros & Vanessa Cherenfant, Founders of Elysia, 1st place 2015 $EED Competition
Participating in the Practicum has been a rewarding experience for our team. We had the opportunity to be connected with a great mentor who was in our field and gave us valuable insights on the industry and our company. The feedback and coaching received definitely prepared us to win the top prize.
Changhyun Ahn & Jasmit Heera, Founders of CardioRescue
2nd Place 2015 $EED Competition
The Dobson Practicum was a milestone for us in order to further expand our business. Our mentor was absolutely fantastic! His guidance not only allowed us to overcome obstacles new entrepreneurs experience, but we also learnt to develop a business plan, and be confident. The monetary prize we won was a substantial investment towards our business. Additionally, we had the opportunity to receive constructive feedback from professionals from various fields. To summarize our experience in one sentence, we would say that the Dobson Practicum allows young entrepreneurs to bring their vision to reality, and we would highly recommend anyone with an idea to participate.
Sabrina Grassi, founder of Sabrina’s Closet
2nd Place 2014 $EED
Being part of the Practicum was an amazing experience and I am so glad I participated. Not only was I able to learn so much from my mentor on a weekly basis, but I took a lot of the things that I learned and applied them to my online business. The experience challenged me and brought me out of my comfort zone as my mentor made me focus on things I would have otherwise overseen. Additionally, I met so many people along the way and made meaningful connections. I highly recommend any student entrepreneur to participate in the Practicum.
Steven Scalia and Angelo Esposito,
Founders of Bottle Bookings
3rd Place 2014 $EED Competition
Our experience in the Practicum was extremely rewarding: Our mentors’ feedback exposed our team to a different perspective on our operations and the challenges lying ahead. The adjustments to our business plan suggested by our mentors not only allowed us to claim a monetary prize in the practicum, but also make for a more efficient go-to-market strategy.