Young Brilliant Canadian Minds Blazing Paths

I am always amazed at what our young brilliant minds are exploring. It is tough being a full-time University student – and some of them are also side-gig entrepreneurs. Twelve post-secondary students that manage both a full-time course load and a business have been selected to pitch their businesses for a chance to win $10,000 through the Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada. Finalists will compete in an opening round of competition at the 2022 Enactus Canada National Exposition, taking place virtually  May 11, 2022. The top four finalists will then be flown to Toronto to compete live this fall.  The variety of fields of interest are stunning.

The 12 finalists are: 
Danielle Lowe, owner of Doodlebug Pet Food and student at University of Victoria
Doodlebug Pet Food creates revolutionary cricket-based dog treats for pet parents who want to feed their dogs like family. Doodlebugs are nutritious, sustainable, and hypoallergenic. 

Dhruv Patel, owner of Beam Commerce and student at University of Waterloo
Beam Commerce builds software that helps eCommerce merchants boost their revenue using personalized offers. 

Domenic Mazzuca, owner of Maple Mountain and student at George Brown College
Maple Mountain is a proudly Canadian cooler company that has changed the way you grab an ice-cold drink. 

Ghalia Aamer, owner of TalkMaze and student at University of Alberta
TalkMaze connects schools and individuals with professional public speaking and debate training. 

Jamieson Fregeau, owner of Quandri and student at University of Victoria
Quandri builds intelligent software robots, or what we call digital workers, to automate high-volume repetitive processes for companies. 

Kashif Khan, owner of PLAKK and student at McGill University
PLAKK envisions a world without strokes. Their artificial intelligence-powered platform is the first to combine artificial intelligence with ultrasound technology and clinical information from patients, to provide a higher diagnostic accuracy of atherosclerosis and subsequent risk for stroke. 

Keith Cleland, owner of Aqua-Cell Energy Inc. and student at University of Waterloo
Aqua-Cell Energy is revolutionizing energy storage with safe, affordable, long life, and sustainable energy storage solutions. 

Lianna Genovese, owner of ImaginAble Solutions and student at McMaster University
ImaginAble Solutions creates assistive devices to improve the quality of life for people living with limited motor movement. ImaginAble’s international award-winning product, Guided Hands, is an assistive device that enables people living with limited hand mobility to write, paint, draw and use touch-screen devices.

Lucy Newman, owner of Newkini Swimwear and student at Mount Allison University
Newkini is a hand-made luxury swimwear brand that provides flattering cuts for every body type, while infusing the latest fashion trends into swimwear without sacrificing functionality. 

Nicole Odo, owner of Saorsa Studio and student at University of New Brunswick – Fredericton
Saorsa Studio provides high-quality highland dance instruction from qualified professionals to instill a love of dance while inspiring a strong work ethic, dedication, and discipline. 

Sarah Lambert, owner of Ora Medical and student at Polytechnique Montreal
Ora Medical is a health-tech company set to revolutionize physical rehabilitation for people with walking disabilities by enabling patients to reach their highest potential mobility anywhere, at any time. 

Shreyansh Anand, owner of WaiveTheWait Inc. and student at Queen’s University
WaiveTheWait is a patient engagement company that optimizes clinic operations by automating patient communications such as complex outreach workflows, recalling patients for preventative care, decentralized check-in processes, and virtual waiting rooms. 

Best of Luck to them all. Learn more at 

ABOUT THE STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR NATIONAL COMPETITION: To celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of young Canadians, Enactus Canada runs the Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada. The Student Entrepreneur National Competition enhances the success of full-time students operating businesses, who are creating jobs and furthering investments in our economic future. Every year, student entrepreneurs present their businesses to panels of Canada’s industry leaders in national competitions in order to be named Enactus Canada’s Student Entrepreneur National Champion.   
ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social, and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,000 post-secondary students led 232 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, directly impacting over 21,000 lives. 
As a global network of 35 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit
About HSBC Bank Canada: HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (‘HSBC Group’), is the leading international bank in the country. We help companies and individuals across Canada to do business and manage their finances here and internationally through four businesses: Commercial Banking, Global Banking Markets and Securities Services, and Wealth and Personal Banking. HSBC Group has committed to becoming net-zero in its operations and financed emissions and is working with our customers to accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy. 
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of HSBC Bank Canada, is headquartered in London. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 64 countries and territories in its geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,958bn at 31 December 2021, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. 
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