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August 19, 2013

Hub Ottawa hosts Launch Some Good entrepreneurial competition…with a Twist

By: Heather @ 6:07 pm

Who knew that smoking would ever be considered in a six-minute pitch for an entrepreneurial competition based on improving life on Earth?

Over the weekend, Hub Ottawa, a for-profit company that provides working space and a collaborative atmosphere for entrepreneurs hosted Launch Some Good, an entrepreneurial competition that has been said to share the same qualities as that of Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice. On Friday night, 25 entrepreneur hopefuls were given just 48 hours to divide themselves into five groups and plan a six minute pitch for a business venture that would help clean up the Earth, improve life on Earth and yet still earn revenue. What emerged in those 48 hours was spectacular and incredibly diverse.

From ‘Camp-in-a-Box’ (a concept to address youth unemployment by helping to teach teenagers and young adults to execute activities for children) to phone apps that would provide real-time information on how long one would have to wait in Ottawa Hospitals, one group stood out among the rest. Coined ‘butt barons’ by the Ottawa Citizen, four young adults (ages ranging from 20-22) the group explained to the judges that discarded cigarette butts make a city ugly to look at and are also not environmentally friendly. Their plan? Create collection bins and sell them.

Who would want to buy such things? The group explained that the butts could be used for insulation or be given to a company in New Jersey that would turn them into furniture and other household items. Being operated on solar power, these containers would count the number of butts that were dropped inside, to stimulate public interest. As one of the team members pointed out “butts are still the world’s most common type of litter.” This venture is still at the idea stage, but with a little help and a bit more planning, Ottawa and other cities may soon see those butt containers alongside their city corners.

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