Have A New Business Idea?
WE’RE Accepting Applications for 2019!
DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2019
DUE: FRI, MARCH 1, 2019
All applications will be evaluated by the Founders based on the following 5 criteria:
Regional Economic Impact
Up to 10 qualifiers will be selected to move on to the next stage.
SAT, MARCH 16, 2019
Video Day – Up to 10 qualifiers will be selected and notified to attend a video recording session where they will present their business idea in front of a video recording crew.
The Selection Committee will then score the video presentations based on the 5 criteria.
TUE, MARCH 26, 2019
Meet the Founders – Top 5 qualifiers will individually meet with a group of Muskoka Founders for a Q & A session.
Thu, APRIL 11, 2019
All 5 finalists will receive 2 free tickets to attend the IMPACT Awards Night, at the JW Marriott in Minett.
Finalists will be recognized for their achievements and vignettes of video presentation will be shown. At the end of the evening, the first and second Founders Circle prize winners will be announced.
Buy online tickets to Awards Night 2019 here.
WINNER OF 2018 FOUNDERS CHOICE AWARD
KIM AITKEN • Aitken Frame Homes
Based in Bracebridge, Aitken homes is Canada's first "winter build" home construction company, using a proprietary new build method to deliver affordable homes at half the cost of traditional build methods.
Aitken Frame Homes
Kristi MacDonald & Sheena Redpath
Best Golf Trips Muskoka
Dot the T Productions
Lettie's Plant-Based Cheese
Muskoka Republic Apparel
Stone House Tiny Farm
The Shipyards Muskoka Marketplace
Tim Webb & Dave Campbell
Muskoka Grant Program
Founders Circle is a group of Muskoka-based individuals and business working together to promote economic development in Muskoka. The group’s first initiative, The Founders Choice Awards, identifies and rewards entrepreneurs with promising new business ideas.
In the 2019 contest, the grand prize will be $15,000 and second prize $5,000.
The Founders are community leaders who have invested in a $20,000 prize to be awarded to an individual or group with an innovative idea that will help improve the local economy. Aside from screening applications, interviewing finalists, and presenting the prize, the Founders aim to provide significant assistance to finalists who do not win through video production, marketing, and introduction to investors.