Q. WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
For the entire contest timeline, you can view it here.
Essentially, there are 3 major stages in choosing a winner:
Stage 1: Finding contestants – An open call will go out to all eligible Muskokans to apply. Deadline is January 15, 2018. Once application is closed, the Founders will evaluate entries and select up to 10 semi-finalists to move on to the next stage. The semi-finalists will be advised early January 2018 that they have been selected as a semi-finalist for stage 2. They will have until January 14, 2018 to confirm they can continue the process to attend Pitch Day and the Awards Night.
Stage 2: Pitch Day (Tue. February 27, 2018) – The 10 semi-finalists will have 2 sessions in front of the camera with a video crew:
- 1-on-1 interview edited down to an "elevator pitch" video
- An interview with 3 of the Founders that will be edited down to a video
The Founders will meet to review all materials. On March 9, 2018, the five finalists will be announced. On March 16, 2018, videos of the five finalists will be displayed on Founders Circle, and other approved sponsor websites.
Stage 3: Awards Night (Thu. March 22, 2018) – All finalists will receive 2 complimentary tickets to attend the IMPACT Awards Night, located at JW Marriott in Minett.
The Founders, in association with Parry Sounds Muskoka Community Network (PMCN), will host this event, inviting the finalists, investors, and mentors. All finalists will be honoured.
During the event, the winner will be announced and will receive a cheque for $10,000.
Q. What is the prize?
Our chosen winning individual or group will win the Founders Choice Award of $10,000.
Q. WHAT ARE THE RULES? AM I ELIGIBLE?
Q. WHAT ARE THE SCORING CRITERIA?
For a list of scoring criteria, please view here.
Q. DO I GET TO KEEP A COPY OF MY VIDEO?
Yes! In addition to going on the Founders Circle website and YouTube channel, each of these videos will be given to the semi-finalists to use in any future marketing they wish to do.
q. HOW MANY APPLICATIONS CAN I SUBMIT?
There is a limit of one (1) Entry (proposal) per person/ startup business.
Q. I have a specific question. who do i contact?
Any specific questions or concerns, you can find our contact here.