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Jade Pearce

e-dition - October 19, 2007

Video 'Junkie' Scores eBay Award

By Naniece Ibrahim

A video game junkie conjures images of a young student sequestering himself to the confines of his dark basement.  UWinnipeg student Jade Pearce, although a video game connoisseur, is not a basement dweller that plays games day and night. Instead he sells them.

Pearce’s knowledge of video games and his business savvy earned him the eBay Canadian Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2007 and $3,000 to help grow his business venture.

UWinnipeg Business Admin Student
The third-year Business Administration student started his successful business three years ago by selling vintage video games online from his basement. He has grown his eBay business pnpgames from a part-time hobby into a busy online enterprise that  he devotes 50 hours a week to manage. 

“I started selling games that I didn’t use or want anymore,” explained Pearce. “It was pretty good for me so I kept growing it from there. I enjoy selling on eBay and it really helps when you know a lot about the product.”

From eBay to storefront
Last month, he opened a retail storefront also called PNP Games (located at 915 McLeod Avenue) and currently employs four people. The young CEO now sells more than 400 video games a week while still completing his Business Administration degree.

“I have three more courses until I finish my degree. I am planning to use my degree to help me with my business. I might take more classes after the degree to further expand my knowledge which will help me better run the business and expand on my available opportunities,” said Pearce.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Nurtured at UW
“We are proud to have Jade as a student in the Department of Business and Administration at The University of Winnipeg," said Michael Benarroch, Acting Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics at UWinnipeg. “Winning such a prestigious award at a young age and being recognized as one of Canada’s top young Entrepreneur is no small feat. It takes creativity and tenacity to make a business idea work and we congratulate him on his achievement. Jade’s entrepreneurial spirit is precisely what we aim to nurture in our business students".

Winners of this year's awards were chosen by a panel of distinguished industry leaders and past winners including Brian Scudamore, CEO and Founder, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?; Marilyn Bild, eBay business owner and the 2006 eBay Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year; and Andrew Wahl, Senior Technology Reporter, Canadian Business magazine.

eBay created this annual award to recognize Canadians, from small towns to urban downtowns, who are running successful online businesses. The award that Pearce won is a new category created specifically for 18 - 24 year-olds as part of eBay's third annual "eBay Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year Awards."

For more information on PNP Games check out his website at http://www.pnpgames.com or his eBay Store at http://stores.ebay.com/pnpgames.

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