Top 10 finalists selected for Win This Space entrepreneurial competition

Winner to be announced on March 1, 2018 will receive a free year's lease to a downtown Peterborough storefront and more

Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), at Catalina's in downtown Peterborough on November 30 where judges and sponsors reviewed video applications for the Win This Space competition and selected the top 10 finalists. (Photo: DBIA)
Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), at Catalina's in downtown Peterborough on November 30 where judges and sponsors reviewed video applications for the Win This Space competition and selected the top 10 finalists. (Photo: DBIA)

The top 10 finalists for the Win This Space entrepreneurial competition have been chosen: Escape Maze, Scars & Strops, StayFit Apparel, Argania Natural Health Clinic, Baby Bop Teething Accessories, The Willow’s Bark, Best Wishes in a Basket, The Bicycle Museum by Dandyhorse Media Inc., Alexander Frames, and Bonita’s Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio.

Judges and sponsors met on Thursday (November 30) at Catalina’s in downtown Peterborough to review all of the application videos. Contestants were asked to submit a one- to three-minute video pitch, which the judges would use to help select the finalists.

“There are so many entrepreneurs not just here in Peterborough, but from across the province who have some really exciting ideas of what they would like to do with a downtown storefront,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA). “Our second year of Win This Space is off to a good start and I look forward to working with our 10 finalists to bring more businesses to downtown Peterborough.”

The prize package includes not only a free lease to a downtown storefront for a year, but also thousands of dollars in donated prizes including office and computer supplies, marketing and financial services, and advertising and promotion. This year’s grand prize is valued at more than $40,000.

Before the winner is announced on March 1, 2018 at The Venue in downtown Peterborough, the 10 finalists will go through a series of workshops on building business plans, creating marketing plans, and financial forecasting.

The winner of Win This Space will choose which of the available downtown storefronts they would like to open in, and will receive a free lease for a year. Thw winner will also receive thousands of dollars in donated prizes including office and computer supplies, marketing and financial services, and advertising and promotion. This year’s grand prize is valued at more than $40,000.

Here are the submitted videos of the top 10 finalists (in no particular order):

Escape Maze

Scars & Strops

StayFit Apparel

Argania Natural Health Clinic

Baby Bop Teething Accessories

The Willow’s Bark

Best Wishes in a Basket

The Bicycle Museum by Dandyhorse Media Inc.

Alexander Frames

Bonita’s Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio

The Win This Space competition is a Peterborough DBIA initiative in partnership with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, StartUP Peterborough, Community Futures Peterborough, and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs. The competition is also sponsored by 38 local businesses and organizations.

For more information, visit winthisspace.com.

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