Modelled 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 wide business contest for youth entrepreneurs goes live Friday June 6 at the Charles Bailey Theatre.
The doors open at 630 p.m. at Trail’s landmark entertainment venue, admission is free and 7 finalists will compete for over $9000 in cash prizes as they pitch their business idea to a panel of judges in front of a live studio audience.
Spearheaded by Community Futures, students in Grades 8-12 from throughout the West Kootenay-Boundary region were invited to submit a business concept paper and a brief 1.5-2 minute video elevator pitch, explaining their business idea. Submissions were then evaluated based upon: finances, marketability, the product or service and the overall plan presented.
“We’re really excited for the show and can’t wait to see the finished product presented by these young entrepreneurs”, stated Don Freschi, GM of Community Futures Greater Trail. “We would also like to thank our mentors Kevin Jolly from Kootenay Savings and Ron Clarke from JBS Business Services (both of whom hold a Masters in Business Administration), who have worked diligently with our Junior Dragons to refine their business plans and pitches in preparation for the show”, stated Freschi.
For more information on Junior Dragons Den please visit- www.juniordragonsden.ca.