Elite Prospects Canada

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Elite Prospects Canada

Vancouver, CanadaCanada
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Elite Prospects Canada will provide an online database for prospective post secondary athletes to promote themselves to coaches across Canada.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Continuing to play sport at the post secondary level in Canada can be an overwhelming and confusing experience for many high school students. There are many opportunities at numerous colleges/ Universities for players which are often unknown. Players need assistance in finding schools that are a good fit for them so that they can pursue their career both athletically and academically. Elite Prospects Canada will assist in making this process easier by giving aspiring players a place to promote themselves to coaches nationwide.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Elite Prospects Canada is an online database where prospective Canadian college/ university players can create a player profile with their resume, stats and video which will be accessible to Canadian coaches nationwide.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Through our website, players who are legitimately interested in playing post secondary are able to make that clear to coaches by creating a player profile. Coaches are able to access a database with potential university players allowing them to find that "perfect fit" for their program and narrowing their search to find players by a specific position. This will be beneficial for both post secondary programs as well as athletes, as their exposure will increase drastically.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

topprospects.ca is another online recruiting site with a similar idea. Elite Prospects Canada differs from them because of our ability to reach our target group and create an expansive database. We have a partnership with Sports Canada TV, who does online broadcastIng for high school sports in BC, Alberta and Ontario. As a former athlete
Team

Founding Story

As a former CIS and National team basketball player, combined with my experiences coaching high school players in the Lower Mainland, I recognized how overwhelming and uniformed high school players can feel when making a decision on where to spend the next 5 years of their life.
About You
Organization:
Elite Prospects Canada
About You
First Name

Leanne

Last Name

Evans

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Elite Prospects Canada

Organization Country

, BC, Vancouver

Country where this solution is creating social impact

, XX

Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver.

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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Innovation
How long have you been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Cost.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

The potential to have a database that can service all team sports for athletes, as well as offer advice such as questions to ask and things to look for throughout the recruiting process would be invaluable to young athletes. It will allow them to explore and pursue options that may not have known were there or existed otherwise.

Our goal with Elite Prospects Canada is to provide opportunity for as many high school athletes as possible to continue playing at the next level.

We want to become the #1 recruiting database for Canadian coaches to look for future players for their programs.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Set to launch.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

Over the next 5 years, we would like to expand to include all high school team sports across Canada so that we are the biggest recruiting database in all of Canada.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

The largest barriers are going to be:
1. The cost involved in developing the website to launch
2. Creating awareness and a popularity of the site amongst both players as a tool to get recruited and among coaches to use as a tool for recruitment.

Awareness of the site will largely be marketed through our partnership with sportscanada.tv. We will also create social media followings through twitter and facebook. We can put advertisements in programs for Provincial tournaments as well.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

Have at least one hundred athletes from each of the mainstream team sports within BC registered with our service

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Market the database to the target group through Sports Canada, Twitter and Facebook

Task 2

Contact University/ College coaches to make them aware of our service

Task 3

Have all athletes from summer provincial teams register an online profile

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

Elite Prospects Canada will expand across Canada, developing a nationwide recruiting database

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1

Partner with Provincial organizations so that they will register their athletes with our database

Task 2

Expand the target group through continued social media efforts (twitter, facebook)

Task 3

Track the progress of graduating high school students with their signings on the website

Sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships

SportsCanada.TV and Provincial Organizations

The partnership with Sports Canada will help in creating awareness of our service across Canada to prospective post secondary players.

Through our partnership with provincial sports organzations, we will offer free membership to all provincial team members

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?

Initially, we will target BC athletes to build interest and recognition of our service, with eventual expansion to include all of Canada.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

Because we are former college/ university athletes, we are able to have a direct insight into how athletes are feeling and how beneficial this assistance and direction will be in choosing a post secondary school.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
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