Pythons’ Pit is an entrepreneurial Dragons’ Den type of contest developed by the Rotary Clubs of Halton to give aspiring entrepreneurs and students an opportunity to pitch their business ideas for cash prizes. Pythons’ Pit is supported by presenting sponsors RBC and MNP LLP and several community sponsors, partners and rotary clubs.
Malcom Freeman of AeroRig Solutions from Georgetown, ON is a finalist in the OPEN category of Pythons’ Pit. When asked how his idea germinated, he said “The seed for a truck aerodynamics company spouted almost ten years ago when travelling through southern Ontario and I noticed how many trucks were out there and how trucks have changed very little over the decades.” He has since invented a solution to make trucks more efficient and save on fuel costs.
Malcolm heard about Pythons’ Pit through his daughter’s high school business class and when he learned about the mentoring and training that the program provided, he felt it was the right thing for him to do to develop his idea. When asked by his mentor Rod, what the best piece of advice that he has received to date, Malcolm refers to the MNP information session that was provided to the finalists where he learned that to succeed, you must persevere. “I think it is important to listen to as many opinions as possible when it comes to developing a new business, or a new invention. There will always be negative input, but perhaps that negative input will be the next piece of inspiration that will lead to overcoming the problem. “
Will Malcolm be the lucky recipient of the $20,000 first place prize at Pythons’ Pit? Come and find out as well as witness pitches from the high school division on Mon May 4th at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Doors to the theatre open at 6:30pm and seating is FREE. More details are available at www.PythonsPit.ca