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.
Cory Hudson is a 5th year Biology student at Wilfred Laurier University. He was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario. After a career ending football injury and the loss of his father Cory set off to build a new chapter in his life. Cory’s dad has been his main source of inspiration, stating he received his best advice from a “silent man who led with his actions.”
Following a life changing dream he woke up with a vision and started developing a product that reflected his passions in life. With a deep respect for music, and firsthand experience with how it can help guide us through both the toughest and greatest moments of life, he wanted to develop a product that would enhance the way we connect to music. After two years of development Cory launched a line of handmade illuminated audio speakers.
Cory believes in the power of hard work and passion. He lives by a certain set of philosophy no doubt acquired from his father’s guidance.
• Do what you love
• Do something, do it right
• Work hard to achieve what you want
• Take care, love your family
When asked about his experience with Pythons’ Pit so far, Cory describes being “ both humbled and inspired. “ Cory has been working with Pythons’ Pit mentor Allan Blaiwais. “Coming in on a request from Donna Messer due to my work with a start-up at MIP, I was immediately moved by Cory’s story, compassion and charisma. He was always open to take information and share openly how he saw fit with his vision. As much as this is another phase in his entrepreneurial journey, it may also be mine.”
After an extremely successful product launch Ambient Audio Canada is now looking towards large scale production. He is currently working with designers and manufacturers to redesign and produce his first large scale production run of speakers, planning to launch for spring of 2015, so stay tuned for news and upcoming events!
Will Cory 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
Interviewed by : Allan Blaiwais – Mentor