Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur is an entrepreneurship competition created by Okanagan College Enactus, Community Futures Shuswap, and Salmon Arm Economic Development Society. The purpose of the program is to assist individuals and teams to successfully plan for the establishment of their business, while at the same time competing for a prize packages in true “Dragon’s Den” fashion!
Last year was the first year of Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur, and we were excited by the response of 23 teams participating. The three-month program runs from the beginning of February through April and includes a series of workshops, supplemented with resources and one-on-one business mentorship to assist in validating your business model and preparing a detailed business plan. The final competition night sees teams competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and in-kind donations designed to help start their businesses in the Shuswap.
The final competition night takes place on April 26, 2013, where teams present a short pitch to a panel of judges consisting of angel investors and successful entrepreneurs from the Shuswap/Okanagan region. Successful teams are invited to move on to the final round which includes a more detailed presentation as well as questions from the judging panel and audience members. Prizes are awarded for the following:
- Green Initiative
- Public Choice, and
- First, Second, and Third Place Awards.
Prizes are provided by local business sponsors and include: seed capital, business consulting hours, website development packages, accounting and legal fees, and marketing packages!
There is a $50 fee to participate in the Launch-a-preneur program (payable after the orientation session).
The deadline to apply is January 22, 2013.
For further information please contact:
Business Support Coordinator
Salmon Arm Economic Development Society