Call me boss: Youth entrepreneurs forge their own paths to self-employment

Original post by Lauren La Rose via Winnipeg Free Press

DAVE CHIDLEY / THE CANADIAN PRESS Enlarge Image Chris Bacik, a 22-year-old Western University student flies his remote-controlled helicopter that he modified to carry a camera for aerial photography and video, in London, Ontario. Bacik has used the rig for capturing golf courses and cottages in Muskoka and has been awarded $5,000 in a business pitch competition for student entrepreneurs. He is now building a larger and improved unit for his business.

After playing with race cars and tinkering with toys as a young boy, Chris Bacik has channelled inspiration from his childhood pastimes into a bankable business.

The 22-year-old is owner and operator of Sky Eye Media, a remote-controlled helicopter system that captures aerial photos and video. Images and footage collected are sought by clients like real estate agents and golf courses for promotional use.

And thanks to a $5,000 prize awarded through a business pitch competition for student startups, the Barrie, Ont., resident plans to use the cash infusion to create an enhanced system that will require two people to manoeuvre.


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