HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR START-UP BUSINESS TO

THE NEXT LEVEL?

YOU NEED MONEY & MENTORING


MUSKOKA FOUNDERS CIRCLE OFFERS $30,000 IN PRIZES & 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. Apply here

GRAND PRIZE

$15000

SECOND PRIZE

$10000

THIRD PRIZE

$5000

About FOUNDERS CIRCLE

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 2020 contest, the grand prize will be $15,000, second prize $10,000 & the 3rd prize is $5,000

The Founders are community leaders who have invested $30,000 in cash prizes 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.

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.

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.

2019 TOP 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

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 individuals and businesses 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.

Get in Touch

CONTACT

info@muskokafounderscircle.com