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TalentEgg wins the Impact National Conference pitch competition!

Congratulations to TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese for taking home 1st prize in the inaugural Impact Pitch Competition at the 6th annual Impact National Conference on Saturday night in Toronto!

The entire TalentEgg team is so proud of Lauren’s accomplishments and all her hard work on TalentEgg from the start.

"Congratulations to the winners of our Pitch competitions, Christine Poirier & @laurenfriese!!#INC09" (Credit: @ImpactOrg)

Lauren won over the competition’s judges and the audience, made up of top students from across the country, by giving a short, five-minute speech about the story behind TalentEgg, why it’s such a valuable service for students and employers, and why we’ve been so successful as a business so far.

Check out the video below to see and hear the winning pitch that took 1st place and a prize of $10,000 in services from KPMG (a great company that happens to be one of our clients!).

The Wonderful World of Campus Recruitment

In my last post, I mentioned that we had tricks up ‘our sleave’, but I didn’t really say what those were. Mostly because at the time, a lot of things were coming together…in ‘incubation‘, you might say. Today I am happy to report that TalentEgg has evolved significantly since my last post, and we have lots to report.

In a very short while, and in the midst of some tricky economic times, we have managed to accomplish quite a bit:

  1. We launched The Incubator: The Incubator is an online, social career magazine providing personal and specific career advice, tips, and stories. So far, we have a team of over 10 amazing contributors and one particularly awesome editor (Cassandra!). Look out for our first ‘digest’ at the end of this month. The theme? “The class of 2009: Graduating in a recession”.
  2. We got involved with a very exciting video series through UTours. Still in production. On the topic of The Job Hunt.
  3. We began booking some serious speaking engagements. Over the next few months I will be presenting for The Conference Board of Canada, The Campus Recruiting Forum, and CHAT high school (:)), as well as putting on two 3-hour workshops on the 4 generations in the workforce in Newfoundland!

And this is all aside from the great content that is continuously popping up on the main TalentEgg.ca site. Today we were talking about how we have so many ‘Recent additions’ to TalentEgg on a weekly basis that we’re going to have to add a scroll bar to that section of the site!

Significance:

  • With the addition of The Incubator to the TalentEgg family, we’ve gone from being ‘like a campus career fair, online’ to being ‘like a campus career centre, online’.
  • With the launch of a media outlet geared at 18-24 year olds (The Incubator), and the launch of our consulting/speaking projects, we’ve gone from being a 1-product company to a 3-product company.

We’re very eggcited. Be sure to check out The Incubator, and if you have any questions about the presentations we give, feel free to give us a buzz!

Young Business Leaders Unleashed- CYBF gets $10M grant

When I started my business (http://TalentEgg.ca– career site for Gen-Y), I received a loan and coaching from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), and it is an association I am very proud to be a part of-they provide loans and coaching to hundreds of young entrepreneurs across Canada. I’ve written about my experience with CYBF on this blog before, and spoken about it at various events as well. It really has been an invaluable resource in both its formal activities (my mentor and my loan), as well as informally (the great people I’ve met through the program).

I am especially proud today to announce that CYBF was granted $10 million in today’s federal budget announcement.

This is especially relevant and important given the current economic conditions and the fact that this grant is projected to create 800 new businesses, 5000 new jobs, $135 million in sales revenues and $32 million in tax revenue within 5 years.

As I’ve always maintained- Gen-Y isn’t lazy– we might even play a big part in kick starting the economy with the help of programs like CYBF!!

On Sharing Information and Success at TalentEgg

When I was first doing the research for TalentEgg, I spent a lot of my time reading (mostly Seth Godin) and speaking with people who were smarter or more experienced than me.

The advice that stands out most was from Rick Spence, an author, speaker, and writer for the Financial Post. He was extremely kind and gave me over an hour of his time to pick his brain about TalentEgg. (Actually, come to think of it, he encouraged me not to choose the name TalentEgg :))

All that aside, the great advice had to do with sharing information. And really, it was less advice and more a challenge on my ideas of how to start a business. We had been chatting for about a half an hour at this point and I said ‘oh, by the way, please don’t share any of this information. The company is still just in idea phase and I don’t want anyone else to get there before I do’. Rick challenged me, and explained that ideas are easy…execution is hard.

I’ve read that same advice in a book that is now one of my favourites: It’s now how good you are, it’s how good you want to be, by Paul Arden.

And the idea is now one that we live by at TalentEgg: We’re open. And it’s kind of fun. I will gladly sit down with another entrepreneur and share information about everything from our traffic to our pricing structure. And I won’t exagerate. And I’ll gladly speak with a potential client just as openly and sincerely.

The great thing is that it works for us, and bonus: It’s way easier than the alternative (being secretive, exagerating truths, lying).

Guy Kawasaki even talks about it in his most recent book, Reality Check.

So, in that spirit, I am very proud to announce that TalentEgg has recently been getting (the) attention (it deserves) from google, and our traffic has been awesome. We’re getting close to 400 visitors per day! Yaaaaay!

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