Fleming College students participating in a $5 challenge raised more than $600 for student financial assistance at the college.
FastStart Fleming challenged students to use their innovation to grow an initial $5 seed fund to its maximum in one week.
The challenge kicked off on Friday, Nov. 13, where teams of two to five students received their seed funding and learned the rules. Students were challenged to look at their environment through the lens of possibility, to see every problem as an opportunity.
On Friday, Nov. 20 they presented their week-long endeavor to a panel of judges, Fleming College faculty members.
The most profitable team was The Good Vibe Tribe. The team pre-sold T-shirts and used the profits to make baked goods, which they then sold on campus. The team members were: Aaron Kimble, Dylan Trepanier, Josh Amos, Paige Van Dyk and Sarah Douglas.
The most innovative team was the Fleming Business Student Association (FBSA) team, who pre-sold candy-grams on campus. The team members were: Devin J. Bullard, Kelly Reid, Melodie Seto, Sarah Zaidi and Victoria Pegg.
The winners received a $50 Fleming Bookstore card. The teams chose to donate the proceeds from their projects, $660, to student financial assistance at Fleming College.
The $5 Challenge is a learning experience outside of the classroom and is not connected to any particular program. It aims to foster teamwork, develop creative problem solving skills, improve time management, develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills and provide a networking opportunity for students. Students strengthen and develop skills and tools that are transferable to any work environment. The challenge also reinforces student confidence, learning engagement and involvement with the college.
About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Science, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 68,000 alumni.
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