CHARLOTTETOWN - Young entrepreneurs, who have developed innovative business projects, will compete during a "5 to 8" reception at the Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean in Charlottetown Friday, May 16, to earn a spot in the finals of RDÉE Prince Edward Island's Dragons' Contest.
Contest co-ordinator Stéphane Blanchard said the competing entrepreneurs, all aged 18-39 years, have impressed him with the quality of their projects.
Three of the entrepreneurs will be invited to the finals, on May 27 in Brudenell during the Forum on Economic Immigration.
The public is invited to attend the playoff evening. Admission is free. The evening will be held in French. At 5 p.m., everyone will get a chance to network at a social in Le Bayou Room.
The event moves to the Port La-Joye Theatre,where. RDÉE P.E.I.'s new immigration development officer will be introduced to the crowd. He will launch the brand new website for the LIENS project (Linking Economic Immigration to our Successes).
Then comes the Dragons' Contest playoffs. Each contestant will get to explain his business project, either for a product or a service, in a maximum of 10 minutes. Drawings, videos, photos or PowerPoint presentations can augment verbal presentations. The three "dragons" - all business people with several years of experience - will get an opportunity to ask questions or comment on the presentations. The judges will then determine which of the projects will move on to the finals in Brudenell.
Finalists will receive a series of rewards, including a free one-year membership to the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of P.E.I., a certificate and a free course from the Collège Acadie ÎPÉ, promotional tools from RDÉE Prince Edward Island and a pass and hotel room to attend the Forum on Economic Immigration.
The University of Prince Edward Island will also do a draw among the competitors for a $150 gift certificate at its gift shop. RDÉE P.E.I. will do draws for electronic equipment.
The grand champion at the finals will receive a series of other prizes, including a free one-year membership to the Greater Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce, access to a mentorship program and the possibility of seed funding of up to $45,000, thanks to a partnership with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.