ThriveNorth Business Challenge
Presented by BDC

The ThriveNorth Business Challenge is an open competition where young people aged 18-39 from the Northern region of B.C. can showcase their business ideas and get the support they need to make them a reality.

The ThriveNorth Business Challenge is back! Applications for the 2018 ThriveNorth Business Challenge will open on June 1 and close on June 30. Applications will be accepted for the following categories.

  • Best New Business (18-28): a business at any stage prior to launch, by an entrepreneur between the ages of 18 and 28
  • Best New Business (29-39): a business at any stage prior to launch, by an entrepreneur between the ages of 29 and 39
  • Best Growth Opportunity (18-39) : a business currently in operations looking to expand through increased staff, new locations or now products and services

Apply June 1

Important Dates

Applications will be accepted between June 1 and 30, 2018. The semifinals will take place between September 12 and 13 in Terrace and Fort St. John. The finals will be held in Fort St. John on October 3 and 4, 2018.

Exclusive Coaching

While all applicants will be given the opportunity to take part in online pitch training, semi-finalists and finalists will receive exclusive resources and one-on-one coaching to make their pitch even stronger. Winners from each category will receive $10,000, and there will also be a People's Choice Award worth $5,000 to be determined by a combination of online votes ahead of the event and in-person votes at the final event on October 4, 2018.

Eligibility

Please note that the 2018 ThriveNorth Business Challenge is open to anyone between the ages of 18-39 living in Northern B.C. in a rural community with a population of 25,000 or less. Past Business Challenge cash prize winners and finalists are not eligible to apply again.

Questions about the application process? Contact Katy Carr at kcarr@futurpreneur.ca (250-639-4633) or Brennan Eklund at beklund@futurpreneur.ca (250-271-0385).


Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 ThriveNorth Business Challenge!

Best Growth Opportunity: A business currently in operations looking to expand through increased staff, new locations or new products and services

  • Winner: Marcie LeBlanc, LeBLANC Boutique - $10,000

Best New Business (18-28): A business at any stage prior to launch, by an entrepreneur between the ages of 18 and 28

  • Winner: Kevin Febril, Wandering Bear - $10,000

Best New Business (29-39): A business at any stage prior to launch, by an entrepreneur between the ages of 29-39

  • Winner: Bryan Last & Aleksa Havelaar, White Goat Coffee - $10,000

Audience Award: A business at any stage prior to launch, by an entrepreneur between the ages of 29-39

  • Winner: Andréa Harmel & Kory Yamashita, Butter Hair Salon - $5,000

Click here to find out more about the winners →

Thank you to all the outstanding young and emerging entrepreneurs who participated in the 2017 ThriveNorth Business Challenge and to everyone in the community that showed their support for these business owners.

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