Francophone entrepreneurs invited to Dragons’ contest

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CHARLOTTETOWN – Francophone entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to win seed money for their projects.

Stéphane Blanchard, (center), shows the promotional poster for the Dragon’s contest that he is coordinating to Carlo Lavoie from the University of Prince Edward Island, (left) and Donald DesRoches from the Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É.  

“All young francophone adults of P.E.I., aged 18-39 years, are invited to come and share their entrepreneurial ideas during a provincial competition in the hopes of being crowned the champions of our new Dragons’ Contest,” said contest co-ordinator Stephane Blanchard.

“The competition, open both to Islanders and immigrants, will offer a series of prizes to both the finalists and the champion, including the possibility of obtaining up to $45,000 in seed money if the project in question qualifies for a particular program.”

Organized by RDÉE Prince Edward Island, the Dragons’ Contest will begin with three nights for the pre-selection of finalists, in February, March and April, Blanchard said. The participants will have up to 10 minutes to present their project, which can be either for a service or a product, before a local panel of judges. The presentation can be made vocally or with the help of tools such as videos, PowerPoint, drawings, or a combination of methods. 

The top entrepreneurial projects from these evenings will then compete at the grand finale May 27-28 at Rodd Brudenell River Resort. During a national forum on economic immigration, the finalists will have the opportunity to present their project in front of the public and in front of a national panel of judges. 

In addition to the possibility of obtaining seed money, the champion will also receive a promotional kit for his business (business cards, booklets, posters, etc.), access to a mentorship program as well as a free membership to the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce. 

All contest participants will receive a free one-year membership to the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I., a free course from the Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É. and a chance to win an Android tablet or an iPod Shuffle. 

“A profile of each finalist will be posted on various economic websites,” Blanchard said. “Finalists will receive a pass to attend the national forum on immigration being held in May 2014 along with a meal and a hotel room for a night in Brudenell. They’ll also be able to get assistance with the writing of their business plan.”

To register, email dragons@rdeeipe.org.

 

Organizations: PowerPoint, Rodd Brudenell River Resort, Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: Brudenell

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