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.

Congratulations to our 2018 semi-finalists! They will be pitching on September 12th and 13th to a panel of judges for a chance to be selected as a ThriveNorth Business Challenge Finalist. All finalists will pitch their business ideas on October 4th in Fort St. John.

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.


2018 ThriveNorth Business Challenge Semi-Finalists

  • Best New Business (18-28): a business at any stage prior to launch, by an entrepreneur between the ages of 18 and 28
    • Carrie Doolan, Nass Valley tourism marketing hub (Kincolith/Ginglox)
    • Margo Peill, The Kitchen Table (Terrace)
    • Brenda Rodriguez, Latin restaurant (Kitimat)
    • Spencer Foekens, Impulse Games Store (Smithers)
    • Jesse McCallum, Wood Owl Studios (Fort St. John)
    • Krystal Anderson-Gosselin, Creative consulting business (Fort St. John)
    • Holly-Anne Ritchie & Shay Bergunder, BowTie (Dawson Creek)
    • Kimberly Huynh, Site Network (Fort St. John)
  • Best New Business (29-39): a business at any stage prior to launch, by an entrepreneur between the ages of 29 and 39
    • Christopher & Chante’ Morgan, NUM NUMS (Terrace)
    • Sarah & Lyle Spencer, Green Eggs Market (Haida Gwaii)
    • Danny Nunes, Paranormal Northcoast British Columbia (Kitimat)
    • Nathan Murdoch, Pioneer Passive Homes (Smithers)
    • Candace Soderberg, Alchemy Dance Collective (Fort St. John)
    • Stephen Beard, Beard’s Brewing Company (Fort St. John)
    • Alicia Copeland, Copeland Sure Foot Surfacing (Fort St. John)
    • John Lambert, Arch Angels (Fort St. John
  • Best Growth Opportunity (18-39) : a business currently in operations looking to expand through increased staff, new locations or now products and services
    • Brittany Kinahan, HaloApparel (Terrace)
    • Amy Warner, The Painted Squirrel (Terrace)
    • Axel Whalen, Tiny Life Supply (Smithers)
    • Amy Timms, Happi Soles Foot Care (Houston)
    • Lindsay Dufresne & Alison Morgan, Dawson Creek Dance Co (Dawson Creek)
    • Shaelan Pomeroy, The Artisan Farmhouse (Fort St. John)
    • Will Beleznay, Complete Carpentry Services Ltd (Fort St. John)
    • Jessie Taylor, Mama G’s Country Kitchen (Chetwynd)

2018 Thrivenorth business challenge finals

Save the date! The finals will be held in Fort St. John on October 4, 2018 at the Lido Theatre.


SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNER


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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