Junior Dragons Den 2019

Community Futures Junior Dragons Den 2019

Junior Dragons Den 2019

Calling all young innovators and entrepreneurs! 2019 Junior Dragons Den Regional competition dates announced.

Junior Dragons’ Den is a student business competition and call to action for entrepreneurs from Grades’ 5 to College/ Trades school level to create their own summer job/ business or to expand an existing one. The competition is open to students from throughout the East and West Kootenay, Thompson Country and North East British Columbia.

Junior Dragons who qualify for the regional competitions are matched with mentors from each respective regional business community. Mentors work with our competitors and assist them with preparing a dynamic one-page business plan and final video in preparation to pitch to our dragons during the live shows.

Students may enter the competition in one of the following categories:

  • Junior – Grades 7-10
  • Senior – Grade 11-12
  • Post-Secondary – College/ University/ Trades

Over $7000 in cash prizing awarded in 2018!

Junior Dragons Den BC competition

2019 Regional Competition dates are as follows:

 

New Ventures BC Competition: $275,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC. Submissions open March 4, 2019.

Enter the New Ventures BC Competition

New Ventures BC Competition: $275,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC. Submissions open March 4, 2019.

New Ventures BC Competition: $275,000+ in cash and prizes to the best new startups in BC. Submissions open March 4, 2019.

Do you have what it takes to compete for over $275,000 in cash and prizes? 6 months, 4 rounds of competition. 150 competitors, 1 grand prize winner. It could be you!

Why Enter the New Ventures BC Competition?

Education: Get the essentials. Learn entrepreneurial building blocks from top-notch speakers at complementary seminars and workshops.

Mentorship: Get advice. If you make it to the top 40, you’ll get a mentorship team as well as pitch practice and valuable feedback.

Networking: Get connected. Join up to three evetns with fellow startups, as well as mentors and potential investors.

Feedback: Know what you don’t know. Provide your business plan and pitch for a jury of experts to receive constructive feedback.

Recognition: Be noticed. Making it to the Top 25 means you’re a venture to watch!

Prizes: Over $275,000 in cash and in-kind services to take your startup to the next level.

Eligibility

  • BC residents, teams or businesses
  • Innovative technology product or services
  • Any type of tech
  • Raised less than $1,000,000 in financing
  • Less than 5 years old
  • Incorporation not required
  • Pay $200 entry fee

Not sure if you qualify? Check the rules or contact New Ventures BC.

Want to learn more about the 2019 Competition? Attend these educational seminar and networking events.

Competition Timeline

March 4, 2019 – submissions open.

April 10, 11 pm- Round 1 deadline

Submit your registration and describe your business idea. All eligible participants move on to Round 2.

May 6, 6pm – Round 2 deadline

Feasibility Test. Submit a 6-page response to questions about your business idea.

  • 25 companies move on to Round 3
  • 15 additional companies will pitch their way into Round 3.

July 29, 6pm – Round 3 deadline

Condensed Venture Plan. Companies will be paired with a mentor team to expand their idea into an 8 page condensed venture plan.

September 5 & 6 – Round 4 pitches

Top 10 pitches finale. Top 10 finalists make an in-person pitch to the jury for a chance to win $275,000 in cash in prizes.

September 20 – Winners revealed!

Winners announced at Awards Ceremony.

Curious about past winners? Check out the list of winners of past competitions.

Tracy Connery Photography - MadeatMIDAS CBT 25000 to hire intern

Career Internship Program: Get up to $25,000 to Hire an Intern

Tracy Connery Photography - MadeatMIDAS CBT 25000 to hire intern

Is your business growing or succession planning? Columbia Basin Trust’s Career Internship Program may be able to help meet your resourcing needs.

“This program helps create jobs and increases employment opportunities for recent college and university graduates, a workforce that is essential when it comes to meeting the Basin’s current and future business needs,” said Lisa Kilpatrick, Columbia Basin Trust Senior Manager, Economic. “At the same time, it is helping Basin businesses and organizations grow by offering competitive wages to attract a skilled workforce.”

The program was created to support businesses, as well as non-profits, Indigenous organizations and local governments in the Basin. It helps solve the puzzle of finding the capacity and resources needed to hire and train new employees or plan for succession while supporting graduates in finding employment in their chosen field.

Fernie Brewing Co. is one of the businesses currently participating in the Trust’s Career Internship Program. Fernie Brewing experienced challenges in finding the right people to meet its growth needs and balancing everything against cost constraints.

“As a smaller company, growth has to occur within an opportunity and the Career Internship Program provided that opportunity,” said Vicky Honsberger, HR Manager for Fernie Brewing. “The program allowed us to create a position that would provide value for the organization going forward and pay a competitive rate for a recent university graduate who has the potential to move into other roles and help grow the company.”

Working on the order desk at Fernie Brewing Co., Sam Higgins is learning a lot about the business and loving it.

“The Career Internship Program has provided an incredible opportunity for me. It’s allowed me to start working in the career I went to school for in a community I love and for a company I love. I feel very lucky.”

Learn more and apply at ourtrust.org/internship.

The program may fund up to 50 percent of the new employee’s wage over the first seven to 12 months, to a maximum of $25,000. The intern position must include a training plan that provides structured learning to the new employee and transitions to full-time, permanent employment at the end of the internship.

The Trust also supports workforce needs by helping businesses hire students, including apprentices, through its other wage subsidy programs, Summer Works and School Works. Basin residents can also receive the training they need to secure immediate employment through its Training Fee Support program. These are just some of the ways the Trust is helping to create a diverse and resilient Basin economy.

Applications are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Learn more at ourtrust.org/economic.

Innovate BC Ignite Program Round 7

Innovate BC Ignite Program Round 7 – Deadline January 28, 2019

Innovate BC Ignite Program Round 7

Innovate BC’s Ignite Program provides up to $300,000 to fund innovation projects in the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering.

Teams made up of industry and academia come together to solve real-life business problems in a 3-year time frame. From helping get clean drinking water into third world countries to diagnosing eye diseases faster than ever before, Ignite is bringing technology to life in BC.

Deadline to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) to Innovate BC: January 28, 2019

Program Eligibility

Focus area

Proposals must involve the areas of natural resources, applied science and/or engineering, and must outline the business problem you and your team is attacking.

Teams

Applicants must be a BC-based team comprised of two or more companies, organizations and academic researchers. All teams must include an academic member and an industry partner.

Matching funds

Projects must secure matching funds from industry or government sources at a ratio of 2:1 matching dollars to Ignite dollars.

Timing

Projects must plan to move a proposed innovation to market within a 3-year timeframe.

Key dates:

Ignite Round 7

  • Deadline to submit Letter of Intent (LOI) to Innovate BC: January 28, 2019
  • Deadline for invited applicants to submit full proposal: April 8, 2019
  • Anticipated notice of decision: Late June 2019
  • Anticipated start of funding: July 2019

APPLY NOW!

Trail BC Young Entrepreneurs program

Young Entrepreneurs Program

Trail BC Young Entrepreneurs program

Junior Achievement BC & Austin Engineering present… the Young Entrepreneurs Program with Mary Austin in Trail, BC.

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit dedicated to educating youth in business, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. We are excited to launch a series of 6 (free) workshops for local youth age 9-12 that will help inspire and educate Trail’s leaders of tomorrow.

This interactive, after-school program facilitated by Mary Austin (and guest speakers) will provide basic business concepts and help identify the key success factors needed to turn personal and team performance into profit. Through this program, local youth will be inspired and equipped with the skills to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to life.

Where: Midas Fab Lab, Trail, BC

When: Wednesdays from 4:00 – 5:00 PM, February 6 – March 13, 2019

Ages: 9-12

Cost: Free

For more information or to register your child, please contact Alanna Tynan at alanna.tynan@jabc.org

KAST women entrepreneur bootcamp

Women Entrepreneurs WE Talk Business Boot Camp – Kelowna & Vancouver

KAST women entrepreneur bootcamp

Calling all women entrepreneurs! If you’re looking to take your business to the next level, the WE Talk Business Boot Camp is for you!

Have you been in business for a few years and are looking to expand your business? Do you want practical advice to reach the next level in your journey? Are you looking for an opportunity to strengthen your knowledge, acquire new tools and expand your network?

As part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy, BDC is holding a free one-day intensive boot camp by and for women entrepreneurs on January 29th in Vancouver and Kelowna on January 31.

This workshop is designed as a one-day intensive program by and for women entrepreneurs, this not-to-miss boot camp is the right opportunity for you to build a better business and become a stronger entrepreneur. The event is free and seats are limited – Register NOW!

Vancouver WE Talk Business Boot Camp

January 29, 2019 at Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. Register HERE.

Kelowna WE Talk Business Boot Camp

January 31, 2019 at Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport. Register HERE.

Eligibility criteria

  • You are a woman entrepreneur.
  • You are the owner or majority shareholder of a company.
  • Your company has existed for two years or more.
  • Your company has annual revenues of $250,000 or more.
  • Your company has three or more employees.
  • You have a strong desire to grow.

At the end of the workshops, you will be invited to participate in an informal networking session and cocktail.

The reception will give you the opportunity to meet with local and national organizations dedicated to women entrepreneurs. It will be the perfect occasion to connect with those who offer services that meet your needs.