FILE - Haida Gwaii Community Futures offices are pictured in this file photo. Registration is open for the first-annual “NextIslandpreneur” student business competition, set to run from Friday, July 17, 2020 to Aug. 21. (Karissa Gall/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Registration open for first-annual ‘NextIslandpreneur’ student business competition

Competition offers mentors, iPads, seed money, cash prizes to young entrepreneurs on Haida Gwaii

There is still time to register for the first-annual “NextIslandpreneur” student business competition on Haida Gwaii, inspired by the Dragons’ Den reality show.

Haida Gwaii Community Futures announced the competition on July 3 for young entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 to 29 years old.

The competition will run from July 17 to Aug. 21, beginning with a few days of entrepreneurial training with Fraser Earl of Haida Owned and Operated, as well as a mentor who will be hired to work with participants as they brainstorm and develop their fledgling businesses.

ALSO READ: Northern Development approves funding for Haida Gwaii business liaison

Community Futures general manager Mike Racz said participants will be given iPads to help implement their innovative ideas, as well as the option to borrow $1,000 in seed money.

“That helps them operate their business for 45 days and then they pay that back like they would a regular loan,” he said.

Participants will also have an opportunity to make a pitch to the panel of judges, which may include representatives from sponsors, including the Husby Group, A&A Trading, Taan Forest and Community Futures.

“If we get good ideas, there are opportunities to bring those ideas to fruition,” Racz said.

ALSO READ: Shoreline cleanup, sampling complete following Dinan Bay diesel spill

Participants who successfully complete the program will be allowed to keep their iPads and the top concepts will be awarded with cash prizes.

The grand prize for the best business pitch will be $2,500, second place will be $1,000 and third place will be $500.

Individual youth are encouraged to apply, as are teams of up to five. A maximum of 16 youth participants will be chosen.

To register, contact with the subject line “#NextIslandpreneur”.

ALSO READ: B.C. vegan butcher to appear on Dragons’ Den

Do you have something we should report on? Email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Dragon's DenEntrepreneurs

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Regional district requests review of Tlell, Tow Hill speed limits

Electoral Area Advisory Committee recommended request ‘to make sure everybody’s safe’

Haida Gwaii resident upcycles glass into ‘quarantini’ tumblers

Faye Laidlaw of Queen Charlotte making tumblers, candleholders to keep glass out of landfill

Power restored for more than 1,300 BC Hydro customers impacted by outage

Outages left hundreds of BC Hydro customers on Haida Gwaii without power on Aug. 9

Haida Gwaii libraries resume inter-branch deliveries

Users can once again access materials from entire Vancouver Island Regional Library system

Masks mandatory in Old Massett as Haida Gwaii COVID cases total 26

Old Massett Village Council says curfew will be enforced with community service

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Most Read