UPEI student represents province in regional entrepreneurship competition

Emma Childs
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Alex Davidson, owner of Odd Jobbers P.E.I. and full-time student at UPEI

UPEI student Alex Davidson represented the province for the second time in the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition in Halifax on March 8, falling just short of the opportunity to represent Atlantic Canada in the national competition in April. 

Enactus Canada is the country's largest student leadership development program from coast to coast, with a mandate to promote student entrepreneurs who develop sustainable businesses that give back to the community. 

Davidson's business, Odd Jobbers P.E.I., operates primarily in Charlottetown and offers household services to citizens who aren't keen on hiring professional companies. 

"We have insurance and registered workers who earn over-the-table pay," said Davidson over the phone on Wednesday.

Part of the appeal of his business is that clients can hire people for odd jobs like "moving a couch from the basement to the top floor," he explained. "There aren't big name services that provide what we provide." 

Davidson said he was up against four other candidates in the regional competition. The candidates each conducted presentations of 12 minutes in length with a seven-minute question and answer period. 

He was beat out by a student from Acadia University named Alex MacLean who founded East Coast Lifestyle Clothing Inc. He said MacLean created "an excellent business, recognized across the country" within the span of a year, which Davidson called "a phenomenal feat by any standards."

He was also beat by Alexandra Stead, a student from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, who created a dynamic photography business. "I honestly would have voted for both of them before myself," Davidson said.

 Davidson will not have the opportunity to compete next year once he has graduated from UPEI.

Odd Jobbers P.E.I. targets citizens aged 45 and over who need a hand with common household tasks. Davidson is currently developing a business model that will allow him to franchise his business to universities. 

His business achieved quick success in its first year, with the company earning $11, 000 more than Davidson had predicted. Davidson hopes to keep this momentum and expand his business to other communities and provinces in the future.

"My business is my life," he told Enactus. "I spend every day examining what I can do better and where to grow."

Organizations: Acadia University, East Coast Lifestyle Clothing, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Geographic location: Halifax, Atlantic Canada, Charlottetown

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