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Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE) Challenges


ICE Challenges are one-day events that partner grades 11 & 12 students with a local business to work on a real challenge currently impacting their company. The students work on-site at the company (if possible) where they will receive mentorship and guidance from a company representative.  Students work through problem solving methods to create one or more solutions to the company's challenge.  At the end of the day, students present their solution(s) to the company representatives.


This program provides senior high school students with an excellent experiential learning opportunity in the context of a real business. Students develop essential business skills in innovation, creativity, problem-solving, collaboration and communication. Companies also benefit by gaining a fresh perspective on challenges facing their company.


Since the inception of this program in 2012, over 700 students and 60 local organizations have participated. 


As a reslt of participating: 

  • 93% of students feel more aware of challenges facing real companies
  • 90% of students feel more prepared to problem solve real challenges companies face
  • 97% of students have a better understanding of their skills and how they can be developed




Student Testimonials:

  • “It allowed me to think differently and use problem solving skills that I typically do not use at school. I enjoyed a more realistic problem to solve and feel it allowed me to learn better.”
  • “Great chance to work as if in the real world alongside real people and the challenges they are currently facing.”
  • “I wouldn’t have passed up this experience for anything. After engaging with the incredible talent, I found myself with an interview at my now wonderful workplace."

Company Testimonials: 

  • "It's a great way for young, motivated high school students to get work experience doing things they love, and for companies to leverage emerging talent."
    - Carol Leaman, CEO, Axonify
  • “Challenge Days provide students with the chance to experience entrepreneurship, think outside the box, and apply skills to scenarios companies like us encounter every day.”
    - Sujas Srinivas, co-founder, Chalk.com

2019-20 ICE Challenges: 

  • November 12, 2019: Downtown Kitchener with Communitech, Google, THEMUSEUM, Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, Waterloo Region Marketing Tourism Corporation
  • March 3, 2020: Tapestry Hall in Cambridge with Creative Capital of Canada partners 
  • March 5, 2020: Research Institute for Aging, Waterloo
  • March 11, 2020: CLAC Member Centre, Cambridge


If you are a local educator or organization interested in participating, please contact info@bepwr.ca





Thank you to the organizations whose financial support make

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship Challenges possible.




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