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Past winner of Launch-a-preneur and still going strong!
Proudly Sponsored By Community Partners:

Shuswap Launch-a-Preneur is an entrepreneurial competition designed by Enactus, Salmon Arm Economic Development Society, and Community Futures Shuswap. The purpose of the program is to assist individuals and teams to successfully plan for and launch their business in the Shuswap, while at the same time competing for prize packages in true “Dragon’s Den” fashion!

The three-month 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 entrepreneurs to validate their business model and prepare 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. At the event, teams present a short pitch to a panel of judges consisting of angel investors and successful entrepreneurs from the Shuswap/Okanagan region. Successful teams are invited to move onto the final round which includes a more detailed presentation as well as questions from the judging panel and audience members.

Prizes are awarded for the following:

  • Green Initiative

  • Public Choice, and

  • First, Second, and Third Place Awards

Prizes are provided by local business sponsors include: seed capital, business consulting hours, website development packages, accounting and legal fees, and marketing packages!

Teams can be comprised of single individuals or groups of people working on developing the same business concept.

Criteria for Registration

  • Participants must live in the Shuswap

  • Participants must have access to an internet connection and basic computer skills

  • Business must be operating (or plan to operate) within the Shuswap

  • Businesses of an illegal or explicit nature are not eligible

  • Registration Fee $50

  • Competition Fee $100

Orientation Session

Monday, March 6, 2017
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Room 103 Okanagan College


*Registration Fee Due March




Registration closes on February 28, 2017

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