Announcing Top Aspiring Entrepreneur Finalists for Annual Cubs’ Lair Competition

The Innovation Cluster and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) are excited to announce the top finalists who have entered Cubs’ Lair, the youth entrepreneurship competition of the year. On the night of the event, 7 finalists will compete to win the grand prize of over $7,000 for their innovative startup. Cubs’ Lair will be hosted on Thursday, Nov. 21st at the Gordon Best Theatre at 6 p.m.
With many applications from Peterborough’s aspiring startups, the preliminary judging committee chose 7 finalists for their innovative business ideas. The final competitors who will pitch their startup to a panel of established judges on the night of the event are:
SHANE WILLIS – Green Energy lawn care services.
TELSI SZANYI – Subscription service for wellness resources.
ANDREA RAMIREZ – Connecting local farmers to restaurants.
ATEESH MISHRA – Online marketplace for home repair services.
VANESSA MATHIEU – Educative kits for schools to promote biodegradable practices.
RAMAN VAUCHETSKI – Program to allow high school students to practice career paths.
JORDAN PORTER – Affordable online marketplace for content creation.
Each finalist will be bringing a different visionary to the table.
“This competition is a great way for aspiring youth entrepreneurs to take action on their business ideas,” says Braden Clark, Innovation Specialist at the Innovation Cluster. “We’ve supported them in their development with workshops including business planning, financial modeling and pitching, so they will be ready for the judges Thursday night.” 
Our distinguished judges include Michael Konopaski, Managing Director of Inclusive Advisory; Nicole Stephenson, Founder of Stephenson Law Group and Dana Empey, Vice President of Carlson Wagonlit/ G. Stewart Travel Services Ltd. 
Jeremy Brooks, the winner of last year’s Cubs’ Lair competition for his business AVROD, is still growing his business today out of the Innovation Cluster’s downtown incubator, The Cube.
“Cub’s Lair has been central in getting our name and product out to wider audiences and connecting with the resources that we need to get our product to market faster,” says Brooks. “It has allowed us to connect with partners and users on a global scale, which has helped legitimize and grow our business long before the release of our official VR platform. Much of our growth can be attributed to the marketing, financial, and professional support that we received from our winnings.”
The finalist to come out on top as the startup with most potential will win over $7,000 in prizes towards building their business, including incubator space at the Cluster or support from PKED Advisory Centre, coaching & mentoring from established startups and more!