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April 11, 2014

College employees compete in Fanshawe's Den

On Friday, April 11, 2014, Fanshawe College employees will pitch their business improvement ideas to a team of judges - called Falcons - in Fanshawe's Den, a corporate take on the popular Dragon's Den concept. If chosen, the winning individuals or teams will receive budget approval of up to $10,000 and permission from President Peter Devlin to implement their idea(s) before the end of the year.

Media are invited to attend this event and speak with finalists and Falcon judges about the pitches.

What: Ten Fanshawe employee teams pitch their business innovation proposals to the Falcons in Fanshawe's Den

When: Friday, April 11, 2014, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Where: Fanshawe College, London Campus, room M1030 (map)

The Fanshawe's Den event is the culmination of a four-week-long contest held at the College to gather innovative ideas for ways to incorporate the College's new values, announced last June, into its ongoing business operations. An engaging twist on the concept of a corporate suggestion box, Fanshawe's Den saw 36 individuals or teams submit proposals for consideration. As part of the selection process, entrants each created a two-minute video and a written elevator pitch, which were shared with employees online.

Hundreds of College employees voted for their favourite ideas, and an Innovation Committee rated proposals to create a short list of 10 competitors. Ideas include a summer camp to encourage young girls to explore technology, incentive programs to reward acts of kindness and an artificial streetscape for practical exercises.

(See below for descriptions of all ten finalists' ideas.)

The Falcons selected to adjudicate in Fanshawe's Den are Fanshawe President Peter Devlin; Adam Gourlay, president of the Fanshawe Student Union; Tony Frost, executive director of reputation and brand management at Fanshawe; and graduate Brenda Fontana, director of business performance at Toronto's Alterna Savings. The event will be hosted by Fanshawe grad Sean Irvine, news anchor, reporter and producer at CTV London.

Between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Friday, the Falcons will judge each proposal and determine whether to fund it. The winner(s) will be responsible for implementing their idea(s) during the rest of 2014.

Top Ten ideas

The ten business improvement solutions selected as finalists in Fanshawe's Den are:

  • A lounge and event centre for international students to connect with domestic students and promote a more global outlook;
  • Summer camps and weekend programs to encourage young girls to explore technology while developing skills and creativity;
  • Student showcases and supports including an indoor living wall, art displays, a live demonstration area, suggestion boxes, a 'pay it forward' fund, and community-building mobile apps;
  • Enhanced photo services for graduates and their families, along with new built structures designed to be memorable and photo-friendly;
  • A welcoming multi-purpose outreach space to comfortably accommodate and engage with first-time guests and community groups;
  • A community garden at the London campus;
  • A one-day invitational poster display and 'charrette' competition to generate urban design solutions to community problems;
  • Incentive programs to foster productivity and increase employee engagement by rewarding acts of 'awesomeness' that support the College's brand and strategic framework;
  • An annual employee competition consisting of a series of team- and skill-building activities;
  • An artificial streetscape of realistic building shells for multidisciplinary practical exercises.