Entrepreneurs that are hungry to win can enter the Bears’ Lair entrepreneurial competition, an annual event for established entrepreneurs throughout Peterborough and the Kawarthas to face a panel of judges and pitch for a chance to win money towards their business.
The competition announcement was made on Friday, January 12 in the lobby of the Venture North Building, where the Innovation Cluster, Peterborough Economic Development, and other supporters of entrepreneurs are located in downtown Peterborough.
Diane Richard of Diatom Consulting, and returning Chair of the Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition, says the event is an opportunity for Peterborough to grow its entrepreneurial spirit.
“The incredible level of collaboration happening between our economic leaders and organizations, sponsors and committee is inspiring,” says Richard. “This year we are especially focused on driving entrepreneurial spirit and growth in our local community, and making the Final Pitch a dynamic and exciting evening for everyone to celebrate.”
Bears’ Lair aims to provide opportunity for established entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business to a panel of established judges, including Nicole Verkindt, Founder & CEO of Canadian technology company, OMX, a commentator on CBC and columnist for Vanguard magazine focusing on technology and business news and was a “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Dragon’s Den.
Contestants who apply must fit either the Goods and Services stream or the Innovation Stream.
Last year, over $55,000 total was awarded to the winners of the competition.
Those who are interested in entering Bears’ Lair can do so as of January 16th. Still have questions about the competition? Join the Co-Chair and sponsor of the event Carey McMaster at the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce that evening at 6 p.m., to learn more about the application process.
“Bear’s Lair showcases the amazing entrepreneurial spirit in our community,” says McMaster. “The talent and innovation happening locally is to be applauded.”
Applications are due by February 15, 2017 at bearslairptbo.ca.
Tuesday, January 16
Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday January 16 at 6 p.m.
Thurs. February 15
Semi Finalist Showcase
Tues. March 6
Wed. April 18