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BU students' business idea takes third at Manitoba New Venture Championships

Linaya Davis and Catherine Dubois finished third at the Manitoba New Venture Championships this month at the University of Manitoba  for their pitch for Before I Do, an online and app-based business that would provide wedding planning services to the general public.

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Linaya Davis and Catherine Dubois finished third at the Manitoba New Venture Championships this month at the University of Manitoba for their pitch for Before I Do, an online and app-based business that would provide wedding planning services to the general public.

A business proposal put together by a pair of Brandon University students had a nice ring to it.

By combining wedding planning and technology, Linaya Davis and Catherine Dubois found a match at the Manitoba New Venture Championships this month at the University of Manitoba.

Davis and Dubois were awarded third place in the category of Best Business Plan Presentation for their pitch for Before I Do, an online and app-based business that would provide wedding planning services to the general public.

"(The app) allows users to input their information — wedding date, budget — and plan their wedding their way, without the hassle of hiring a wedding planner, which can get expensive," Davis said.

"We focused on simplifying the process of wedding planning for everyone as it’s a special day and you want it done your way."

The duo, who were coached by Mike Malazdrewicz, decided on the businesses model because they didn’t believe there were enough cost-friendly alternatives in the market.

"We knew we had a solid business plan and we were all proud of it," Davis said.

"It was a really great experience and I think we were both very grateful and happy with what we achieved."

The New Venture Championships featured 12 entries from post-secondary institutions from across Manitoba. Business plans, presentations and logos were judged by a panel of Winnipeg business professionals.

This is the second straight year that a team from BU has finished in the prizes. Last year, Michael Gall and Tanner Price won the award for Best Written Business Plan for their proposal for Precision Vehicle Transport.

» The Brandon Sun

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 20, 2017

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