A competition for aspiring young entrepreneurs that gives them real experience in business ownership.

The Competition.

Over a period of 6 months, we will train and support up to 50 top Canadian students to run their own summer house painting business, and compete to win scholarships, a Dean’s List all-inclusive trip, introductions with business leaders, and the right to be our 2023 Champion.

Our Mission.

Scholars Edge exists to empower and develop the finest university students through our business ownership experience.

The Candidates.

Outstanding Canadian students, motivated, self-directed and resourceful. Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. The business leaders of the future. Undaunted by a challenge and eager to prove they have what it takes.

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  • Welcoming Our New Recruits

    A message from our President, Jamie Wilson

    Published on: October 27, 2023

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    Published on: October 20, 2023

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We’re looking for a few dedicated students who are headed towards business ownership,
and want to learn and test themselves along the way. Is this you?

Meet the 2023 Mentors

Through experience and leadership, our District Managers are an essential resource for our new Scholars, helping them problem-solve and guiding them on the path to success.

Click on the mentors to find out more information.

Meet the 2023 Panel

We’ve assembled this team of industry experts and renowned entrepreneurs to assist our candidates throughout the competition and provide timely evaluations and advice. Their assessment of each candidate will factor in the overall scores.

  • Top Real-Estate Agent | Business Development

    Milton Chan

    Born and raised in Vancouver, Milton was once a Scholars Edge Operator, District Manager, & General Manager. After working in the painting industry and mentoring students for five years, he decided to move on to one of his life long dreams of becoming a Licensed Realtor in Vancouver.

  • Founder at Renegade Alpha | Co-owner

    Ryan Addams

    Ryan Addams is a world traveler, an entrepreneur, and a renegade. After leaving home at the age of seventeen, he started a successful construction company to pay for his University tuition and his first apartment. He left school, started a product development company, failed, hit (one of many) rock bottoms and was forced to have to get a 9-5 job to make ends-meet.

  • CEO / Director of Expansion

    Steve Acorn

    I would like to welcome all of you to the 2021 Scholars Edge Team. My name is Steve Acorn and I am the owner of YEAA/Student Painters. Congratulations on being accepted into our elite program. You are one of only 30 young entrepreneurs across Western Canada that have been accepted for this summer’s challenge. You have made the first step towards investing in your future. I know from previous experience you will have an incredible story to tell come September.