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Odyssey Virtual co-founder wins 2018 Chamber Student Entrepreneur Award

Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson - Submitted

The co-founder of Odyssey Virtual is the recipient of the 2018 Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce Student Entrepreneur Award.

Michael Thompson, a full-time Business Administration student at the University of Prince Edward Island, co-owns Odyssey Virtual with Evan Hawley.

In his second year at UPEI, Thompson and Hawley co-founded Odyssey Virtual, a content marketing company that specializes in virtual reality technology providing 3-D virtual tours for touring buildings and properties.

“Odyssey Virtual has to be innovative to keep up with the rapid explosion of technology,” said Thompson. “My business partner and I are continuously looking to expand and grow and we are humbled by the amount of support we have encountered including mentorship and advisory from both the university and the local business community. I’m honoured to receive this award from the Chamber.”

The Student Entrepreneur Award is presented each year to a full-time post-secondary student residing in P.E.I., who is also the owner of a business in the province, decided by a panel of judges which reviews applications and interviews applicants to determine the recipient each year.

“Young entrepreneurs are critical to the growth and vitality of the business community in P.E.I. We need more young people, like Michael, to take risk and start a business,” said Rory Francis, President of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce.

The award, sponsored by Air Canada, will be presented at the Chamber’s President’s Annual Luncheon on May 14 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward.

The Chamber will be accepting applications for the 2019 Student Entrepreneur award beginning in December.

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