(From left) Relan Johanson, Laureen Shannon and Lana Fitt are among many Okanagan College students and community members involved in the Launch-a-Preneur program in Salmon Arm. Since 2012 they have helped many businesses get off the ground and created a network of support and advice for local entrepreneurs. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur season five is open for registration

Business competition seeks applicants for 2019 season

Salmon Arm’s premier business competition is calling all aspiring entrepreneurs.

Season 5 of Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur is kicking off, with registrations opening for competitors looking to take their shot at funds for their business.

Launch-a-Preneuer is a Dragon’s Den style business development competition designed by Okanagan College Enactus, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, and Community Futures Shuswap.

Related: Giving businesses a boost in the Shuswap

The program assists individuals and teams to successfully plan for and launch their business in the Shuswap, while competing for prize packages in true ‘Dragon’s Den’ fashion!

The program is divided into two stages: training and competition. The first stage consists of a series of six evening workshops supplemented with resources and business mentorship support to assist participants in validating their business model and preparing a detailed business plan.

The second stage is an optional Final Night Competition, where participating teams compete for thousands of dollars in prizes and in-kind donations designed to assist with business start-ups in the Shuswap.

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Teams can be comprised of individuals or groups working on developing the same business concept. Participants must have access to the internet, basic computer skills, and plan to operate their business within the Shuswap.Business start-ups that have been in operation for less than 18 months are also eligible to participate.

“The most amazing part of the Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur program is how our community comes together to support these teams. The support extends well beyond the program and the prize packages and sees our community following their progress for years to come. The whole Shuswap gets behind these entrepreneurs and creates a supportive environment to foster their start-up,” says Lana Fitt, Economic Development Manager.

Find out more and Register at www.launch-a-preneur.ca. Registration closes January 4th, 2019.


 

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