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Team from St. Paul's High School wins first place at Stu Clark Centre competition

June 13, 2018 — 

The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship recently hosted over 80 high school student entrepreneurs from across Winnipeg and the Province, for an exciting one day event and the opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships and cash prizes based on their new business ideas they have created. 

The competitors can compete in up to four events including: a business plan presentation, a two minute idea pitch, a trade show competition and a logo competition.  This year Jonah Perron, Ian Willison and Eric Steinke from Beyond VR (St. Paul’s High School) took home 1st place in the Business Plan Presentation, 1st place in the Trade Show as well as winning the Best School in Manitoba award.  Beyond VR is a multi-faceted virtual reality (VR) learning tool to help people improve their public speaking abilities and delivery of presentations.

Perron says, “public speaking is the number one fear in the world and the best way to overcome it is through practice and we make practicing fun, easily accessible, convenient.”

At the moment, Beyond VR is already making waves. It has now been used in 138 countries by over 4,000 people through organic growth and word of mouth. Some of the team’s users include students and professors in universities around the world including Syracuse University and Marshall B. Ketchum University. Beyond VR is also excited to now officially partner with Oculus as part of the company’s Start program. This partnership will help connect people with experts in the VR community, and receive early access to new hardware such as the new Oculus Go.

The first place prize of the business plan presentations won a $2,000 scholarship for each student on the winning team.  Judges of the event included local business professionals from a broad range of public and private sector organizations. These judges gave valuable feedback and advice to students based on their experiences in the workforce.

2018 Manitoba High School New Venture Championship – Competition Winners are:

Business Plan Competition

1st Beyond VR – St. Paul’s High School

2nd Heart – Nelson McIntyre Institute

3rd Belle Visage – Portage Collegiate Institute

4th All Season – Fort Richmond Collegiate 


Trade Show Competition

1st Beyond VR – St. Paul’s High School

2nd Heart – Nelson McIntyre Institute

3rd LLYR – St. Maurice School


Idea Pitch Competition

1st Laser Engraved- Kelvin High School

2nd Thread Tweed – Kelvin High School

3rd Get Juiced – Birtle Collegiate Institute


Logo Competition

1st Ethereal- Fort Richmond Collegiate

2nd LLYR – St. Maurice School

3rd Social Clothing – Niverville Collegiate Institute


Best School in Manitoba

St. Paul’s High School 


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