RIC Centre Presents Youth Innovation Award at the 2015 Young Entrepreneurs Conference February 11, 2015 RICCentre With the growing base of young talent in the city of Mississauga, connecting students with industry professionals is one of the most important ways to empower innovation and create a future with successful entrepreneurs. On January 24, the Digital Enterprise Management (DEM) Society at the University of Toronto Mississauga hosted the Young Entrepreneurs’ Conference. RIC Centre was proud to sponsor the Youth Innovation Award, a $5000 award generously supported by the Business Acceleration Program, a ONE program delivered by MaRS. The winner of the Youth Innovation Award was “TapBand”, as chosen by our RIC Centre judging panel: Karen Grant, Executive Director of the Angel ONE Investor Network, Andrew Yoshioka, President of Sanbonki Inc., and Baraa El-Kadri, Industrial Technology Advisor at National Research Council of Canada – IRAP. From the ten teams that presented, Team TapBand met the judges’ criteria: strength of the team, size of the opportunity and its competitive environment, the product, business stage, marketing opportunity, and various other factors. Team TapBand at the Launch of I-Cube (UofT Mississauga’s on-campus accelerator) (from L to R): Noor Abdel-Raziq, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Fatima Zahra Hamaimou, Ibrahim Munawar, RIC Centre Executive Director Pam Banks RIC Centre is proud to welcome TapBand, with members Ibrahim Munawar, Fatima Zahra Hamaimou, and Noor Abdel-Raziq, as a client. Noor from TapBand says, “Thank you for all the support and warm welcoming. YEC was an amazing experience. It feels great knowing that we have the support that can help us build on our idea. RIC Centre made the experience at YEC overwhelmingly incredible.” RIC Centre applauds the organizers at the Young Entrepreneurs’ Conference for giving students the opportunity to explore their creative side, and look at ideas from an entrepreneurial perspective.