Hawk’s Nest entrepreneur competition offers training and business cash infusion

NEUSTADT – The Saugeen Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) in partnership with the Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation (Bruce CFDC) is planning to deliver the Hawks’ Nest for the third time. This Dragons’ Den-inspired competition encourages entrepreneurs from various sectors to pitch their business ideas in an attempt to secure financial support from local investors, the “Hawks.”

This year, contestants from Grey, Bruce, Owen Sound, Wellington North and Minto can compete for a possible $30,000 or more in investment in their business. In addition to the regular contestants a special youth category for ages 11 to 18 has been added. This is an opportunity for youth to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and innovative ideas.

Entrepreneurs will receive assistance with preparing their business plans through free training sessions. Training sessions will run until Nov. 7 and will be held in Owen Sound, Kincardine, Minto and Durham. On Nov. 2 youth can take part in free business plan training just for their category.

Live show

A Live Show to be held at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound in June, 2020.

The announcements of the “Hawks” (investors) for this year’s event will be made in the coming weeks competition organizers note.

The SEDC and the Bruce CFDC offer a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth.