Entrepreneurs make pitch

Finalists for the Enterprize Challenge made their pitch to a panel of judges

Finalists for the Enterprize Challenge made their pitch to a panel of judges, with the chance to win a business services package worth nearly $25,000.

Similar to CBC’s Dragons’ Den – Community Futures and VantageOne Credit Union introduced the Enterprize Challenge program in an effort to support and encourage entrepreneurship in the North Okanagan.

“The finalists did an excellent job on their presentations and each of them are worthy of the title of winner,” said Leigha Horsfield, with Community Futures.

Winners will be announced at the trade show/awards event Wednesday.

The trade show will showcase many of the entrepreneurs who participated in the competition, along with various business support organizations, community partners and event sponsors.

“We invite the community to attend the tradeshow and awards to join us in celebrating entrepreneurship in our region,” said Horsfield.

The event runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Vernon Recreation Complex.

Not only will the winner of the public competition be announced, but the winner of the Youth Enterprize Challenge will also be showcased and awarded that day.

The Community Futures Enterprize Challenge 2015 is presented by VantageOne Credit Union. Other partners and sponsors for this initiative include, KPMG, Nixon Wenger, Sproing Creative, Real Focus Consulting, City of Vernon, Okanagan College, Futurpreneur Canada and Sun FM.