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Announcing Top Aspiring Entrepreneur Finalists for Annual Cubs’ Lair Competition - 2018-11-13
FastStart Peterborough, the Innovation Cluster and the Trent Youth Entrepreneurship Society 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, five finalists will compete to win the grand prize of over $10,000 for their innovative startup. Cubs’ Lair will be hosted on Thursday, Nov. 22nd at the Gordon Best Theatre at 6 p.m.
With many applications from Peterborough’s aspiring startups, the preliminary judging committee chose five 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:
Jeremy Brooks – AVROD
Dylan Trepanier – Alexander Optical
Cody Cameron & Joshua Williams – Devout Fitness
Mariah Eshkakogan & Madawi Abunayyan – Grand Najd
Dillon Ahola – We.
The business ideas range from virtual reality innovation, mobile apps, to an apparel line that promotes inclusivity, with each finalist bringing a different visionary to the table.
“We had so many amazing applications this year and an extensive range of innovative ideas,” says Rosalea Terry, Marketing Manager and Senior Innovation Specialist at the Innovation Cluster. “Each participant shows they are ready to take their businesses to the next level, it’ll be exciting to see them pitch.”
The top finalists have prepared for the event through prior workshops held by the Innovation Cluster in order to form skills from leadership to pitching, which they will be able to convey at the event to the judges.
“I always thought I had a good idea, but pitching the idea and having business owners and other entrepreneurs agree was a great feeling,” says Cochrane. “Cubs’ Lair was a great way to help validate my business and improve pitch skills.”
The finalist to come out on top as the startup with most potential will win a grand prize of over $10,000 towards building their business, including incubator space at the Cluster, coaching and mentoring from established startups and more!
Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international initiative celebrated across six continents that runs from November 12 – 16, connecting entrepreneurs through networking events, organizations, educational groups and more. The Innovation Cluster and the Trent Business Students Association have partnered together to hold and promote various events for any person interested in becoming more connected within Peterborough and the Kawarthas entrepreneurial community.
“We are very excited to help host so many events this week for aspiring entrepreneurs and students to meet new people and learn more about the resources available in Peterborough,” says Rosalea Terry, Marketing Manager and Senior Innovation Specialist at the Innovation
Cluster. “The events hosted this week are a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to meet potential collaborators, mentors and investors.”
There are various events happening each day throughout the week, including FastStart Peterborough’s E-Connect, a women in business networking event, social gatherings and Pitch It!, a pitch competition.
“Global Entrepreneurship Week is something the TBSA looks forward to every year,” says Mackenzie Mills, president of the Trent Business Students Association. “It is incredibly exciting to be bringing together this community of entrepreneurs through a week of engaging events and networking opportunities.”
Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated in 170 countries, and has previously had 20,000 partners holding 35,000 events with 10 million people.
The week has also helped entrepreneurs start their business journey, Sana Virji and Ribat Chowdhury of Ribitt. In 2014, the two Trent students had to turn five dollars into a business in five days as part of an entrepreneurship week competition called the Five Dollar Challenge. They set the national record raising over $6000 in one week. Once succeeding at starting the business, the two are now a full-fledged startup working out of the Innovation Cluster’s incubator. The founders have grown their team, launched their app and have stores partnered throughout Peterborough and Toronto.
The full list of events:
Startups in the City on 92.7 FM at 12noon
TBSA Entrepreneurship Week Opening Ceremony Breakfast Launch – OC 203 from 9 am-11 am
E-Connect ft. Nancy Nickle & Tracey Ormond at The Venue from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
TBSA Women in Business Event at Ceilie from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Meet the Entrepreneur Social at McThirsty’s from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Global Entrepreneurship Week Closing Ceremonies at Junction from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Innovation Partner Highlight: Independent Reach - 2018-10-30
Independent Reach has been a long-standing partner with the Innovation Cluster, supporting technology clients as an Entrepreneur Sponsor.
Independent Reach builds custom software for organizations like yours. They have also built and continued to run two robust multi-tenant database backed software services. Tromis manages restoration dry-cleaning artfully, and Fenestratio makes windows and doors easier. They’ve produced dozens of custom applications for organizations of all shapes and sizes, and love talking to organizations about how they can provide the best value in custom software development.
Their services include:
- Tromis was built to help restoration dry cleaners to “Manage Orders Artfully”.
- Fenestratio is a highly flexible software service for window and door manufacturers and retailers. Address all of your business needs from sales appointments to manufacturing paperwork, purchase orders, service tracking, inventory and accounting entries.
- Features include calendar, PDF quotes, custom images, cut optimization, online payments, shape calculator and barcode shipping.
- Beautifully simple cleaning software. Route Clean was designed for small dry cleaners to track articles and customers. With an easy to use front counter check in service, a pick up and delivery manager and an employee time tracking module.
- Features include item tracking, multiple themes, overnight reports, MMS alerts, cash integration, on account payments, employee time clock, delivery maps, lock workstation, & PDF invoices
- Edible bean processing, maple syrup production, dance competition registration, resume certification, piano examination scheduling and related machinery integrations are a few more examples illustrating the range of our capabilities.
- Features include mobile apps, warehouse mapping and PDF invoices.
If you are interested in connecting with Independent Reach for your business, visit http://www.independentreach.com/.
Our Innovation Partners have the opportunity to immerse their brand into the Innovation Cluster network, drive innovation and expand their own network. They help companies jump-start their businesses, lay the foundations for future growth, and succeed.
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