Durham College student entrepreneur ‘brews up’ a third-place finish at Ontario-wide pitch competition

Durham College Journalism – Mass Media student Andrew Neary took third place at the inaugural Ontario Colleges Incubator Network (OCIN) PitchIt Competition on May 3.

Andrew’s first-ever pitch for his growing business, Kettleboy Coffee, landed him a $1,000 award to help grow his operation, plus a Shopify package valued at $4,500 to expand his online services. OCIN PitchIt included eight high-achieving entrepreneur finalists from colleges across Ontario who presented their startups online to a panel of judges and a live audience.

Andrew credits the team at FastStart for his success, helping him with everything from developing a business model canvas to graphic design and videography.

“In the week leading up to the finals, the FastStart team helped me craft a better presentation than I could have imagined on my own,” Andrew said. “I am grateful for this team and hopeful that every student interested in business ownership at DC takes the time to meet the team and sign up.”

Durham College and FastStart congratulate Andrew on his success. To read about his experience, visit his DC blog post.

To learn more about DC’s entrepreneurial resources for students, visit the FastStart site.