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Ottawa students sweep national entrepreneurial awards

If Ottawa really is the sleepy, boring city it’s accused of being, then the next generation is sure to save us with its creative spirit.

Ottawa schools took home a whopping seven of 10 national entrepreneurial awards that were handed out by the Learning Partnership to recognize “the best of the best” in it’s annual Entrepreneurial Adventures program.

The EA program invites classes from kindergarten to Grade 12 to create, facilitate and nurture a business venture to raise money for a charity of their choice. Classes must partner with a business or entrepreneur in their community and then execute their business to meet their fundraising goals.

The 10 national awards are judged blindly by 50 Bank of Montreal associates in five categories: enterprising spirit, teamwork, originality, impact on school or community, and judges’ choice. Each award is given to two schools across the country.

The fact that Ottawa won 70 per cent of the awards this year was a feat that spurred Learning Partnership program director Rod Thompson to skip Toronto’s ceremony to fly to Ottawa and congratulate the students himself.

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