Halifax, NS – Two young Nova Scotian entrepreneurs have won incredible support for their business ideas. As winners of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia’s inaugural Hatch competition, they’ve each been awarded prizes of $10,000 courtesy of Revolve – $7,500 in seed funding and $2,500 in branding and marketing services.
Five finalists pitched their businesses on Wednesday, May 24th at Revolve in Bedford, in front of a panel of nine judges. Each had a business plan prepared, and showcased true talent presenting their ideas and fielding difficult questions. After an extensive decision period, the judges selected Cat Adalay and Keegan McGinnis as the winners.
Cat Adalay’s company, Aurea, is creating a system of modular, micro wind turbines to be integrated into the structure of high rise buildings. This innovative use of space to generate green energy presents a great solution to a growing energy problem.
Keegan McGinnis pitched his social enterprise clothing company, My Greatest Play, which sells athletic wear and donates a soccer ball to a child in Gambia for each clothing item sold. A view into the world of child poverty inspired him to help enhance their lives through sport.
The judges were a mix of successful entrepreneurs and marketing experts, passionate about supporting youth and nurturing entrepreneurial spirit in the community. Included in the panel was: Roger King, President of Supplement King; Brendan Wilton, President of Trim; Graham Langill, President of MacFarlands; Glenn Woodford, President of DesignPoint; Kristin Williams, President, Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia; Phil Otto, CEO of Revolve; and Revolve colleagues Matthew Allen, Mike Bardsley and Sam Archibald.
“Hatch brought together some of the brightest youth Nova Scotia has to offer.” says Revolve CEO Phil Otto. “Supporting young entrepreneurs like Keegan and Cat helps secure a positive future for our province and Revolve is proud to be involved. We look forward to helping develop their brands and building lasting companies.”
Revolve donated an additional $10,000 to Junior Achievement to help support the program, bringing their donation to $30,000 to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
“It was incredible to hear such passion from young entrepreneurs,” says Kristin Williams. “The finalists performed phenomenally and we’re excited to be giving such an incredible opportunity to these two young entrepreneurs who have worked very hard to develop a thriving business.”
Cat and Keegan will begin meeting with Revolve to receive valuable branding and marketing advice that will help hatch their ideas.
To learn more about the Hatch competition and the winners, visit janovascotia.ca/hatch.
In its 30th year in business, Revolve is a full service branding and marketing firm located on the shores of Bedford Basin, serving clients across Canada and the U.S. We’ve built our reputation on our ability to reduce a complex challenge to a simple strategy. We use disruptive thinking to take a nimble, practical and entrepreneurial approach to building strong, memorable brands based on authenticity and creativity. Revolve’s culture is focused on making sure our clients love us and being known in our industry as a great place to work. We measure success not by top-line revenue or number of awards, but by the success and stickiness of our clients and the tenure of our staff.
Our 35 full time professionals have expertise in brand strategy, naming, creative development, advertising, public relations, graphic design, writing, photography, videography, media planning and buying, social marketing, digital marketing, web design, content development, interactive development and digital strategy.
Phil Otto – CEO, Revolve
About JA Nova Scotia
Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia provides hands-on experiential learning in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. Programs focus on three educational pillars: financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship. JA recruits volunteers from the business community to collaborate on the delivery of programs, which exposes students to real world business perspectives and ideas.