Program ID: Innovation Anthology #224
Program Date: 05/12/2009
Program Category: Information Technology
KennelSeek.com Wins Student VenturePrize
PROGRAM #224 INTERVIEW WITH GORDON MCKINLEY
MP3: 1.7 MB
Time: 1.57 Minutes
Intro: Gordon McKinley is an engineer, and is studying for a Masters of Engineering at the University of Calgary. His concept for an online kennel registration service earned him the 2009 TEC VenturePrize Student Business Plan Competition. Gordon McKinley
CC: YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE STUDENT VENTUREPRIZE COMPETITION. WHAT IS THE NAME OF YOUR COMPANY?
GM: It’s KennelSeek.com.
CC: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
GM: So it is an online reservation and managementsystem for pet care providers. It allows pet owners to book their pets into the pet care providers facilities online
CC: NOW WHERE DID THAT IDEA COME FROM?
GM: I travel a lot with my engineering business. I have dogs, so I have to put them into boarding kennels all the time. I find that it’s difficult to get hold of the pet care providers by telephone all the time. So it’s a lot more convenient to book online.
CC: NOW YOU ENTERED YOUR BUSINESS IDEA INTO THE VENTUREPRIZE STUDENT COMPETITION. WHY DID YOU DO THAT?
GM: I just had a business idea and I heard that it was running and I thought I might have a chance at winning it
CC: WHAT DID YOU GET OUT OF IT IN TERMS OF THE HELP THAT YOU GOT TO HELP BRING YOUR BUSINESS PLAN TO FRUITION?
GM: Well I got presentation training. We had a boot camp and had lots of training doing that. And business plan training. So yeah, without all that training, I definitely would not have won the competition.
CC: NOW FOR YOUR PRIZE, YOU’VE GOT $6000. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THAT? HOW IS THAT GOING TO HELP YOU?
GM: I think I’m going to put it into more research and development, more development for KennelSeek.com so we can put more features onto it and make a better product for our customers
CC: WHAT DO YOU SEE AS BEING THE GROWTH POTENTIAL FOR THIS?
GM: Well the online market is a $100 billion dollar market in US and Canada. So the growth is almost unlimited, really. And then the pet care provider market is $3.5 billion a year, so yeah, the sky’s the limit basically.
CC: CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
GM: Thank you very much.
Gordon McKinley is in a Masters of Engineering program at the University of Calgary. He won the 2009 TEC VenturePrize Student Business Plan Competition.