Modeled after CBC’s The Dragons’ Den” where qualifying entrepreneurs pitch their business idea to a group of potential investors, Junior Dragons’ Den, the West Kootenay-Boundary wide business contest for youth entrepreneurs, is returning to the Charles Bailey Theatre on Friday, May 1.
Students from Grade 8 to college/trades level have until March 14 to submit a business concept paper and a 1.5 to two minute video elevator pitch, explaining their business idea.
Submissions will be evaluated based upon: finances, marketability, the product or service idea and the overall plan presented.
“We’re really excited to see this year’s submissions” stated Don Freschi, general manager, of Community Futures Greater Trail.
“Business concepts last year ranged from eco exhaust filters to all natural organic cosmetic products, and with the introduction of the college/trades student category for 2015, the sky’s the limit as to concept and creativity.”
Junior Dragons will soon meet their mentors!
The top five student entries from the Grade 8-10, 11-12 and college/ trades categories, will be matched with a mentor from the local business community.
Together they will review everything from start-up considerations and marketing, to coaching, leadership and presentation skills, as they refine their business concept into a working business plan and produce a short marketing video.
Junior Dragons Den
The competition culminates with the top five from each category pitching their business ideas, complete with video, in a live show format at Trail’s Charles Bailey Theatre, to a panel of local Dragons. And with $9,000 in prizes up for grabs this promises to be a show not to be missed. To meet the Junior Dragons and stay tuned on the latest developments visitjuniordragonsden.ca
For more information on Junior Dragons Den please visit juniordragonsden.ca, or on Facebook at Junior Dragons Den.
You can also contact John Reed at Community Futures Greater Trail at 250-364-2595 or 250-368-1136, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Dragons’ Den is a partnership between Community Futures Greater Trail, Central Kootenay, and Boundary.
Community Futures of Greater Trail fosters local entrepreneurs through all phases of business from the pre-start-up phase to the expansion of existing business. It offers entrepreneurial programs and training, business counselling, loan programs and a business library of resource material to people interested in expanding or starting a business. It also promotes, co-ordinate and implement a wide variety of community economic development initiatives.