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April 27, 2007
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Island Students to Compete at National Event: "Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship"

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The Honourable Mike Currie, Minister of Development and Technology for PEI, recently congratulated the ACE PEI team for earning top honours at the 20th anniversary of the 2007 Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship regional competition.

ACE is a national, not-for-profit organization that encourages young entrepreneurs to create brighter futures for themselves and to improve their communities. The overall goal is to advance Canadian entrepreneurship by working with students who are operating full-time businesses while enrolled in universities and colleges.

The 2007 ACE Eastern Regional Exposition in Halifax involved more than 150 students, faculty, alumni, business professionals and supporters from PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Eleven universities and colleges were represented as student teams and student entrepreneurs competed for awards by presenting their accomplishments in business to a panel of professionals.

A team of nine students from the University of Prince Edward Island competed in three areas: Student Entrepreneur, Innovation Challenge and Financial Education Challenge.

In the Financial Education Challenge, ACE PEI finished in first place and received a trophy and $1,500 in prize money.

In the Student Entrepreneur category, UPEI student and owner of T.R. Lawn Care, Trent Cousins, was recognized as a Regional Champion. Mr. Cousin’s prize included $1,000 and he will also be competing at the National Competition in Toronto.

“Young entrepreneurs are the future business leaders in Prince Edward Island,” said Minister Currie. “I applaud their efforts in business and their achievements at this prestigious regional competition. I extend best wishes to the members of ACE PEI as they represent our province on the national stage.”

ACE PEI team has earned the right to compete at the 2007 ACE National Exhibition taking place in Toronto, May 7 to 9.

Media Contact: Major Stewart
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