Judges an­nounced

Start-up Port Hawkes­bury re­ceives 20 pitches in busi­ness con­test

Cape Breton Post - - Business - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

Judges for the Start-up Port Hawkes­bury com­pe­ti­tion have been an­nounced as the first round of the con­test has closed.

Three area judges have been an­nounced in­clud­ing Wayne MacKay of Canso Ford, Danielle MacDonald from Tim Hor­tons and Tracey Cum­mings from Sub­way and Celtic Sis­ters Gifts.

“We are thrilled to have three ex­pe­ri­enced busi­ness peo­ple par­tic­i­pate as judges in the con­test,” said Port Hawkes­bury Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton said in a news re­lease. “It is ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial that our judges un­der­stand the area’s busi­ness cli­mate and it is very ex­cit­ing to have the busi­ness com­mu­nity wel­come and men­tor these new en­trepreneurs”.

Start-up Port Hawkes­bury is a “Dragon’s Den style” con­test that will see one new busi­ness win two years of rent free space in Port Hawkes­bury, pre-qual­ify for a $20,000 busi­ness loan, re­ceive pro-bono le­gal ser­vices, graphic de­sign ser­vices, a oneyear Strait Area Cham­ber of Com­merce mem­ber­ship, and on­go­ing sup­port and train­ing from con­test part­ners.

The first round re­quired en­trants to sub­mit a 90-sec­ond video pitch­ing their busi­ness idea. En­trants who ad­vance to the next round will be re­quired to fur­ther re­fine their idea through a con­cept pa­per and a two-minute pitch be­fore the judg­ing panel.

The con­test or­ga­niz­ers are pleased with the re­sponse so far, with 20 pitches re­ceived by the Sept. 1 dead­line.

“The in­ter­est gen­er­ated has been tremen­dous, not only from within the Strait Area but also in ex­pand­ing part­ner­ships for en­tre­pre­neur­ial growth around the prov­ince,” said Misty MacDonald, project lead with the East­ern-Strait Re­gional En­ter­prise Net­work.

A sec­ond work­shop will be held on Sept. 21 to as­sist po­ten­tial busi­nesses de­velop a busi­ness plan. The tim­ing of this event co­in­cides with the Mashup Week­end: Oceans Edi­tion which is be­ing hosted by Is­land Sand­box and Mashup Lab at the Port Hawkes­bury Civic Cen­tre on Sept. 22-23. In­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants in the work­shop can reg­is­ter for the work­shop by phon­ing 902623-2780 or email­ing startup@ es­ren.ca.

For con­tact in­for­ma­tion or for more in­for­ma­tion about Start-up Port Hawkes­bury con­test, visit https://es­ren.ca/ start-up-port-hawkes­bury/ .

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