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About FOUNDERS CIRCLE

Founders Circle is a group of Muskoka-based business professionals committed to promoting economic development in Muskoka through support for local entrepreneurs. The group’s first initiative, The Founders Choice Awards, provides cash and mentoring to entrepreneurs with promising start-up businesses.

The 2020 Awards, presented on May 27th, 2021 at the PMCN Impact Awards virtual gala, included a first prize of $15,000, a second prize $10,000 and a third prize of $5,000.

The Founders are community leaders who contribute dollars, on behalf of themselves or their organizations, towards the cash prizes. The awards go to entrepreneurs whose start-up companies have the potential to grow, create local jobs, and contribute to the local economy.

In addition to their cash contributions, Founders also donate their time to mentor the contest finalists.

HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR START-UP BUSINESS TO

THE NEXT LEVEL?

YOU NEED MONEY & MENTORING

 

MUSKOKA FOUNDERS CIRCLE OFFERS FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND BUSINESS MENTORING FROM SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS

The Founders Choice Awards

Entrepreneurs with good business ideas can apply to win one of three cash prizes to help fund the growth of their business.

GRAND PRIZE

$15000

SECOND PRIZE

$10000

THIRD PRIZE

$5000

I am an Entrepreneur

Apply here for a chance to receive funding for your business or business idea that will have a positive economic impact on Muskoka.

I WANT TO SUPPORT ENTREPRENEURS

Contact us to discuss becoming a Founder and support Muskoka’s up-and-coming new entrepreneurs.

2021 FOUNDERS CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

1ST PLACE – $15,000 prize
ENVIROLUV
Enviroluv offers sustainable product solutions. To date, they’ve diverted 1.4M plastic bags from landfills and waterways through their innovative products like Bee Bags. 100% plastic free, it is made from natural materials so that no chemicals leach into your food.

2ND PLACE – $10,000 prize
STEPPING STONE EARLY LEARNING ACADEMY
Stepping Stone early academy is a nature-based childcare program located in Muskoka. With an emphasis on creativity and the arts, Stepping Stone Early Learning Academy gives children the opportunity to express themselves through art, music, dance and yoga in a natural environment.

3RD PLACE – $5,000 prize
CROXALL FARMS
Based in Huntsville, Croxall Farms is a hydroponic farms with three distinct products: leafy greens, fertilizer and fish. Aquaponics is the harmonious relationship between fish and the leafy greens that filter the water for the fish. Croxall farms services the community by providing these sustainably raised products.

Other Finalists

2019 FOUNDERS CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

1ST PLACE
KATHERINE HOMUTH | SHEERTEX FOUNDER & CEO
Based in Bracebridge, Sheertex started off in 2017 to reinvent pantyhose from the ground up to create the world’s strongest pair of sheers. Named on Time Magazine’s 50 Best Inventions of 2018. Sheertex is a relentlessly inventive and transparent apparel company redefining wearable knit technology.
2ND PLACE
MELINDA ZYTARUK | TOOKTREE PASSIVE HOMES PRESIDENT & CEO
Tooketree Passive Homes believes in a better, healthier and more sustainable future for Muskoka and beyond. They build homes that last – high-performance homes that help mitigate and adapt to climate change. Tooketree Passive Homes are comfortable, safe, sequester carbon and have very low operating costs.

Other Finalists

Application Process

1. Apply

All applications will be evaluated by the Founders based on the following six criteria:

  • Regional Economic Impact
  • Innovation
  • Scalability
  • Profitability
  • Demand
  • Funds Usage

Up to Five finalists will be selected to move on to the next stage.

2. Interview

Video Day – Up to Five finalists 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.

Meet the Founders – The Five finalists will individually meet with a group of Muskoka Founders for a Q & A session.

3. Attend

The Five 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 the video presentation will be shown. At the end of the evening, the first, second & third Founders Circle prize winners will be announced.

News & Events

2020 Muskoka Founders Choice Award Winners Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27th, 2021 Muskoka Founders Award $30,000 to Local Entrepreneurs Muskoka – Three local companies have received a total of $30,000 from the Muskoka Founders Circle, a group of Muskoka-based business professionals dedicated to supporting and...

Welcome Our Newest Founder – Curry Clifford

July 9, 2019 : The Founders are pleased to welcome their newest member, Curry Clifford from BJ Roth Realty. Welcome, Curry! To learn more about BJ Roth Realty, visit lifeinsouthmuskoka.com

2019 IMPACT Awards & FC Gala: Winners Announced & Photos

April 15, 2019 : Congratulations to: Sheertex for coming in 1st place and winning the grand prize of $15,000 Tooketree Passive Homes for coming in 2nd place winning $5,000 Thank you to all of the nominees and Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network for hosting such a...

MUSKOKA FOUNDERS CIRCLE

Founders Circle is a group of Muskoka-based business professionals committed to promoting economic development in Muskoka through support for local entrepreneurs. The group’s first initiative, The Founders Choice Awards, provides cash and mentoring to entrepreneurs with promising start-up businesses.

Get in Touch

CONTACT

info@muskokafounderscircle.com