Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Zaheem Riberdy advances to finals!

Two Windsor high school students have been selected as finalists for the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch Competition.

Zaheem Riberdy, a Grade 11 student at Assumption, and Raymond Tran, a Grade 10 student at Kennedy, will participate in a Dragon's Den-style competition for high-school students as part of the Discovery Conference April 26-28 in Toronto.

Discovery is Canada's leading innovation-to-commercialization conference.

Riberdy created Kustom Kicks, which applies high-end custom designs on shoes. Tran's company, TeaSchool, proposes a new student menu featuring tea beverages.

To reach this stage, students were required to make a two-minute video of their business idea.

A portion of their score was based on online voting with regional judges accounting for the other 60 per cent of the grading. The top three contestants from the Southwestern Ontario region advanced to Toronto.

The top six in Toronto will receive a reserved spot in Ontario's Summer Company program and funding to put their business idea into practice.

To view their pitch videos and that of the other finalists, visit

Zaheem Riberdy holds up a shoe he is working on at Assumption High School in Windsor on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Riberdy has started a business customizing shoes and is entered in a contest run by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development. (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE/The Windsor Star)