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:
Public Choice, and
First, Second, and Third Place Awards
Prizes are provided by local business sponsors and include: seed capital, business consulting hours, website development packages, accounting and legal fees, and marketing packages! Additional Prize awards may be added.
Teams can comprise single individuals or groups of people working on developing the same business concept.
Press Release: Salmon Arm, British Columbia-May 2nd, 2022