Posted on: November 14, 2013

Dragons’ Den Contest Gives Students a Cash Start

It took just 16 months of working at a Tim Hortons for Calgary high school student Rami Ghanem to come up with an award-winning idea for efficiency.

Thanks to a $5,000 cheque from Dragon’s Den heavyweight Kevin O’Leary, Ghanem’s idea for a modern method of employee check-in may soon appear in fast food franchises everywhere.

The 16-year-old was officially announced Tuesday as the first of 10 winners in the Future Dragon Fund Contest, a search for student entrepreneurs by O’Leary and the popular reality show on CBC.

“I was going to scream and shout, but I had to calm down because I was on my way to bio class,” Ghanem says, reflecting on the moment he got the news last week.

The teenager’s video entry was among hundreds received by the show after the contest was announced last month.
“Everyone working on this project has been stunned by how articulate the presenters are,” O’Leary says, in an e-mail. “Kids are learning from Dragon’s Den how and how not to present their ideas.”

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