Annoucing the Six Bears' Lair Entrepreneurial Competition Finalists

The six finalists for an annual entrepreneurial competition in Peterborough were announced yesterday!

The finalists will battle it out at the 2016 Bear’s Lair Entrepreneurial Competition, on April 26, for a chance to win $120,000 in prizes. Facing cross-examination, challenging questions and feedback from judges in front of a live audience, the finalists will be scored based on innovation, commercialization, diversification, business plan quality and the benefit to the local economy.

Chosen from 34 entries, the final six were divided into two categories: the innovation stream and the goods and services stream.

Goods and Services Stream

Melinda Masters of Melinda Custom Sewing bears lair

Bob Kasprzak of Kaspr Boards Canada

Rob Howard of Kawartha Local

Innovation Stream

Rick Dolishny of Blush Drop

David A. Winter and Sherly Loucks of Canuck Play Inc.

Brooke Hammer of Chimp Treats

The judges include:

Dawn Hennessy of BDC

Paul Bennett of Ashburnham Realty

Cameron Taylor of OUTDOORsmart

Diane Richard of Charlotte Products

Tim Barrie of Merit Precision Moudling and Merit Precision Machine

Michael Skinner of MAS Captial Investments Inc.

This year’s competition is set for 7 p.m. on April 26 at The Venue. There is no cost to go to the event but those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve their seats online at