ENTREPRENEURS WANTED:
Do you have a great business idea? Do you want to take your business to the next level? If so, we want to hear from you!

Submit an application by March 2nd, 2017 to apply to the Bears' Lair Entrepreneurial Competition.
SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

2016 COMPETITION HIGHLIGHTS

from BlushDrop, 2016 Innovation Stream Winner

The Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition is in the style of CBC’s The Dragons’ Den. The prize consists of cash and business services in excess of $120,000 and the chance to present their business ideas to the community and a panel of local judges.

GOODS & SERVICES STREAM

The Goods and Services stream is for any businesses that are creating and selling products or delivering a type of service. The business could be locally or globally focused, and could include retail, manufacturing, professional or personal services. 

INNOVATION STREAM

The Innovation Stream is for businesses that have a focus on technology, innovation and ideas, such as a new program or process. There is potential to scale very rapidly and commercialize intellectual property. 

RULES & INSTRUCTIONS

In order to compete in the 2017 Bears Lair Competition entrants must be a registered business. You must be able to undertake the proposed work within the next 12 months and have annual sales of less than $200,000.
 
GUESS OUR JUDGES
 
There are so many amazing entrepreneurs and business people in our community who would make great judges for our competition! Who do you think they are? Make your guess on Facebook!
 
Helen Jenkins

Mystery Judge 1

Peterborough Entrepreneur

Mystery Judge 2

Mystery Judge 2

Peterborough Leader

Mystery Judge 3

Mystery Judge 3

Peterborough Supporter

THE COMPETITION

  • February 2nd
    Applications Open

  • March 2nd
    Application Close

  • March 21st
    Semi-finalist Showcase

  • April 25th
    Main Event

February 2nd APPLICATIONS OPEN

LEARN ABOUT BEARS' LAIR

Are you an entrepreneur with a great business idea? Learn more about the Bears' Lair competition, the rules and eligibility and how to apply.

Learn more
February 2nd - March 2nd INDICATE YOUR ENTRY

POST A PHOTO ON FACEBOOK

The FIRST thing you must do is post a photograph that represents your business to the Bears Lair Facebook page indicating your entry.

Post a photo
February 2nd - March 2nd FULL APPLICATION

SUBMIT YOUR BUSINESS PLAN

After posting a photo to Facebook, you have until March 2nd to submit your application with a completed business plan that outlines next steps for your business.

Submit your application
March 21st THE VENUE

SEMI-FINALIST SHOWCASE

All semi-finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their business to the Bears' Lair judges and community. Anyone can attend.

Registration will open soon
April 25th THE VENUE

THE FINAL COMPETITION

The top finalists give their final pitch to our judges to win the top prizes. Anyone can attend.

Registration will open soon

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors! These amazing organizations make Bears' Lair possible!

 

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OUR EVENT LOCATION: THE VENUE

The Semi-Finalist Showcase and the Final Competition will take place at The Venue

Get Directions

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TESTIMONIALS

“Being a winner on Bear’s Lair was definitely a high point for all of us at Entomo Farms. The guidance, advice and inspiration we received from all the ‘Bears’ was fantastic, and helped to keep us focused and on track. It was incredible to be recognized as innovators, and our win from Bear’s Lair really helped to give us the confidence and determination to keep going. Thank you so much for all the help! ”

Stacie Goldin, Entomo Farms
Stacie Goldin, Entomo Farms
Innovation Stream Winner, 2015

“The Bears’ Lair experience was a tremendous kickstart to my business. Perhaps more importantly it was a unique opportunity for personal development - sometimes nerve wracking but hugely rewarding. Attending the seminars and learning from experts in different fields really helped me hone a loose concept into a viable retail business. ”

Rob Howard, Kawartha Local
Rob Howard, Kawartha Local
Goods & Services Stream Winner, 2016

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