Michael Churey and Mark BittorfFaculty of Business students Mark Bittorf and Mike Churey failed to win top prize but garnered high praise at the 2011 National Nicol Entrepreneurial Award Competition in Ottawa.Winners of the Brock Nicol Competition, Bittorf and Churey’s “Conquer Climbing Centre” impressed many of the judges with their solid business plan as well as presentation skills.Wes Nicol, founder of the award, was particularly impressed by Bittorf and Churey’s business idea and expressed great personal interest in their plan.“All in all, Brock was very well represented in the event,” said faculty advisor Dominic Lim.The “Conquer Climbing Centre” aims to be the premier indoor rock climbing facility in the London, Ont. region. It will target older and somewhat more serious climbers.Brock was one of six finalists in this prestigious business plan competition. Their venture brought a first-round prize of $5,000. No prize money is awarded in the final round, won this year by Carleton University.Carleton’s winning team, comprised of fourth-year engineering students Curtis Parks and Chris Polowick, won for “Next Generation Flight.” They took top honours for their plan to sell the services of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to commercial companies needing aerial survey data.The other finalists included Acadia, Manitoba, St. Francis Xavier and Wilfrid Laurier.Over 450 students from 14 participating universities competed for the Nicol Award this year.Brock’s Nico Verhoef and Marty Verhey were the 2010 winners, with their “Perfect Patch.” They are currently working on a pilot run of their new organic growing method by partnering with a strawberry grower in the region.Related story:• Brock business team makes it to Nicol finals | The Brock News
As the giants of the new broadcasting world, Amazon and Netflix are usually jointly cited as the future of television.But the eve of The Grand Tour appears to have sparked something of a price war between the two, as they battle for world screen domination.Amazon Prime has knocked £20 off its usual subscription to entice fans of the former Top Gear team to its services, as it announces it will expand the show into 200 countries.At £59, the last-minute special offer now leaves the service cheaper than Netflix, which costs £5.99 a month. The Crown is to help Netflix expand across the world Andy Wilman, the show’s executive producer, suggested the lack of public feedback would be welcomed by the team, who would instead watch social media to see how their work goes down.”We’ll never know the numbers because Amazon never give us the viewing figures,” he told Radio 4. “That’s a blessing in its own way, because you can just make something and never, ever have to be judged by looking for overnights and consolidated figures.”I guess this is the next step, that the show is just going to exist out there.” The Amazon show is likely to see them move way from pure motoring into more extravagant stunts The short-term deal was offered alongside adverts starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May , as they took their final steps towards launching the first episode of The Grand Tour at midnight on Friday.Initially released in five territories including the UK, the team have now announced it will move to 200 countries in December.Top Gear was seen in 214 countries in 2015, before Clarkson was axed from the BBC show. The expansion mimics the ambition of Netflix’s The Crown, broadcast into 190 countries after executives leapt on the idea of the lavish period drama to help it win viewers throughout the Commonwealth where, as writer Peter Morgan said, “the Queen is their grandmother”.Both shows will be watched closely by the BBC, which was outbid for The Crown by a Netflix offer of £100m and has retained the rights to Top Gear while Clarkson’s team are compelled to make their show suitably different.Unlike linear channels in the UK, neither online streaming service will give out viewing figures for their much-publicised shows. The last week has seen an array of publicity stunts in The Grand Tour host nations, with models of cars apparently crashed in city centres.Clarkson also found himself in the news after claiming to be a victim of a “hate crime” in a German airport, at the hands on an Argentinian intent on revenge after his Top Gear antics.The first episode of The Grand Tour will be reviewed in the Telegraph tomorrow (Saturday) Being axed by the BBC, he added, had been helpful in the long run, forcing the motoring team to be different.“We’ve had to think up new ideas but that’s no bad thing,” he said.Future shows, he hinted, may see less focus on cars, with the team taking a tent around the world to perform for audiences in Los Angeles, Whitby, Germany, Johannesburg and Lapland. A publicity stunt in Hackescher Markt in Berlin He added: “They’re all there with their thumbs banging away so we’ll get it from Twitter, I’d imagine.”Clarkson said the fundamentals of the show would appeal to a wide audience in any country, claiming: “It’s an international language, cars”.He said the first episode, which includes hybrid hypercars – the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari – is likely to be popular, proclaiming himself “very excited” about finally getting to launch day.”I think programme one will be all right,” he said. “I’d be extremely surprised if that was poorly reviewed.” Claire Foy stars in The Crown, one of the most written-about shows of this year The new Grand Tour tent, which helps the show circumnavigate the BBC’s ownership of the Top Gear format The trio are billed as “three friends on an adventure” in the promo for the new show Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.