In December 2019, the ThriveNorth program successfully completed its five-year mandate. Managed by Futurpreneur Canada, the program helped young entrepreneurs in Northern B.C. launch and grow their businesses by connecting them with resources, financing and mentorship.

On March 19 and 20, young and aspiring business owners in Prince Rupert and Terrace, British Columbia, competed in the semi-final round of the 2016 ThriveNorth Business Challenge pitch competition. Pitching their ideas to judging panels in Prince Rupert and Terrace, they were vying for the opportunity to move forward to the final round of the competition.

Congratulations to the following people who were selected to move forward to the finals! They will compete in one of three categories and winners will receive up to $10,000 to support their business ideas.

Best New Business

  • Hanna Bryant (Prince Rupert)
  • Bobby Middleton (Terrace)
  • David Tan (Prince Rupert)
  • Jill Whitfield (Terrace)


Best New Social Enterprise

  • Heather Bohn (Terrace)
  • Tara Irwin (Terrace)
  • Jordan Leask (Prince Rupert)
  • Andrea Pollock (Prince Rupert)


Best Growth Opportunity

  • Johanna Chaine (Terrace)
  • Kristine Ewald (Terrace)
  • Jason Hakki (Prince Rupert)
  • Tyler Meers (Prince Rupert)


The ThriveNorth Business Challenge finals are taking place on Saturday, May 7 in Terrace and are hosted by Futurpreneur Canada and Prince Rupert LNG (the LNG project proposed for Ridley Island) through the ThriveNorth initiative.

Everyone is invited to the 2016 ThriveNorth Business Challenge finals to cheer on the finalists and celebrate youth entrepreneurship in the Northwest region of B.C.! Click here for more information.

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