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Local business student reaps reward at Funder Speed Dating

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Holland College Business Administration student, Jeremie Arsenault, smooth talked his way into earning $1,000 for his pitch to prospective funders at a business “speed dating” event in Halifax recently.

Arsenault, who comes from Evangeline, was one of three Business Administration students who attended the Starting Point Entrepreneurship Conference at St. Mary’s University.

In the Funder Speed Dating event, student entrepreneurs had five minutes to pitch their business, or a concept they had for a business, to judges, in the hope of securing financing and partnerships.

Arsenault was one of approximately 45 participants, and was the recipient of one of the $1,000 cash prizes that were awarded to the top six presenters.

Jeremie already has great culinary ability, combined with the business skills he is acquiring, he is well on his way to creating an Island-wide food empire.- Shaun Patterson

In addition to being a full-time business student, Arsenault owns and runs Simple Feast Catering and Meal Club, which delivers meals made from locally sourced ingredients to homes and workplaces, as well as offering dishes for pickup.

Business Administration Instructor Shaun Patterson said the competition paved the way for Arsenault to successfully pitch his company to potential mentors and investors.

“Jeremie already has great culinary ability, combined with the business skills he is acquiring, he is well on his way to creating an Island-wide food empire,” he said.

Generous support from Springboard Atlantic and Holland College’s Applied Research division made the trip possible.  

More information about Simple Feast Catering and Meal Club is available at: www.facebook.com/SimpleFeast