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Help us help aspiring and growing entrepreneurs in our community.

Donate $100 + to become a supporter, and receive a badge for your website and social media, a BIG thank you from us online, and a FREE VIP ticket to The Final Pitch on April 18th, 2018 at The Venue.

 

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BEARS' LAIR SUPPORTER

All donations go directly to the cash prizes for our 2018 winners!

Bears' Lair is an annual competition for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Six finalists are selected to pitch their business to a panel of judges and the local community for a chance to win cash and awesome prizes!

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 2018 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.

THE COMPETITION

  • January 16
    Applications Open

  • February 15
    Application Close

  • March 6
    Showcase

  • April 18
    The Final Pitch

January 16 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
January 16 - February 15 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
January 16 - February 15 FULL APPLICATION

SUBMIT YOUR BUSINESS PLAN

After posting a photo to Facebook, you have until February 15th to submit your application with a completed business plan that outlines next steps for your business.

Submit an application
March 6 THE VENUE

SHOWCASE

All Semi-Finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their business to the Bears' Lair local judges and community. Anyone can attend. Local judges will select 6 Finalists to move on to the final event.

Register Today (FREE)
April 18 THE VENUE

THE FINAL PITCH

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

First 100 Tickets are FREE

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

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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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