Kathryn Gamis, vice president of events for SAGE, introduces the conference.

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High comes to Rye

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By Sunday Aken

High school students got a taste of the business world at Ryerson.

The Make a Change event kicked off on Oct. 4, hosted by Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE).

SAGE is an international nonprofit organization that links teams of secondary school students to nearby universities.

“This is where you really build connections that last a long time,” said David Kwok, a fourth-year business management student and president of SAGE Canada.

Held at the interior design building, the conference informed high school students about the entrepreneurship industry and gave them the opportunity to practice presentation skills in front of industry professionals.

“SAGE works with high school [students] because they see potential in them,” said Kathryn Gamis, a second-year business management student and vice president of events for SAGE.

Teams of high school students came up with business ideas that they pitched to a panel of judges – all industry professionals – for feedback.

“This event gave me a new outlook on business,” said Jamal Pinnace, a student participating in the event from Georges Vanier Secondary.

Arjune Gupta, a judge at the event, believes that “events like this give young entrepreneurs the confidence and support they need to take their ideas to the next level.”

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