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While balancing a full university-course load, one University of Manitoba student has also found the time to run a business.
On Feb. 11, Sinan Leylek was named Manitoba’s 2014 student entrepreneur provincial champion by Enactus, a global student-entrepreneur support community, for Party Pyrotechnics, an online DJ rental equipment store.
"It really reinforces all the effort and time I’ve put into it," the 24-year-old said. "If an outsider like Enactus recognizes it, it really gives me the confidence that it is working."
To win the award, Leylek had to submit a package explaining his business and its success.
Enactus Canada president Nicole Almond said in a release that Leylek embodies exactly what the student entrepreneur is all about.
"Sinan is the epitome of a young entrepreneur," Almond said. "This entrepreneurial spirit is what built this country and we want to encourage and celebrate this energy in students across Canada."
Leylek, who lives in Linden Woods, will graduate from the U of M’s Asper School of Business this spring with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship. He runs his one-man business, Party Pyrotechnic as a way of gaining practical experience.
Leylek said his studies have really helped him grow his business, especially with networking.
"I think when you’re in entrepreneurship it’s all about bouncing ideas off one another," Leylek said. "See what else is out there and it’s a good way to see if your idea might work."
It also doesn’t hurt that all the student groups know your name for their parties.
This is not the first business Leylek has started. In high school, he converted VHS tapes into DVDs. He still does that, if anyone is interested.
After graduation, Leylek hopes to expand his business, hoping to dominate the Manitoba market.
"I’ve had a lot of different customers from places I wouldn’t have expected," Leylek said. "Northern reserves in Manitoba that I’ve shipped out equipment to, they were having a graduation and wanted something cool, so I sent some lasers and a smoke
machine out to them."
Leylek has also rented his equipment out to Canadian furniture company EQ3 for a catalogue photo shoot; even a movie shoot at The Forks.
"But then there are always the house parties and socials," Leylek said. "Socials are keeping this Manitoba venture alive."
On March 14 Leylek will travel to Toronto to showcase his business at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition – Central Canada. If successful, he may also travel to Calgary to compete for the 2014 Enactus Canada national title.
For more information on Party Pyrotechnics, visit partypyrotechnics.weebly.com
For more information on Enactus, visit enactus.ca