After-school technology education franchisor MakerKids’ CEO, Jennifer Turliuk, became the third Canadian to win the grand prize at the NextGen in Franchising Global Competition.
MakerKids provides a playful space for children to learn technological skills, such as coding, Minecraft and robotics.
“I’m so happy and grateful to have won the competition,” says Turliuk. “I am proud to have made this a ‘hat trick’ as the third Canadian to win. I look forward to using this experience to grow our brand.”
The competition took place at the International Franchise Association’s (IFA’s) annual convention in Las Vegas, Nev., from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. More than 400 entrepreneurs aged 21 to 35 from around the world submitted business plans, 18 were chosen as finalists and three were selected to present their businesses to a panel of judges and an audience of 3,000 convention attendees for a chance to win cash prizes, ranging from US$5,000 to US$10,000.