Jr. Dragons’ Den to Help Young Entrepreneurs

Junior Dragons’ Den and Junior Achievement (JA) British Columbia are teaming up to help young entrepreneurs in the Kootenays.

Community Futures’ Junior Dragons’ Den and Junior Achievement (JA) British Columbia are teaming up to help young entrepreneurs in the Kootenays.

Students throughout the region who are enrolled in JABC’s Be Entrepreneurial program now have a competitive advantage when preparing to enter Junior Dragons’ Den, a Columbia Basin-wide initiative where qualifying young entrepreneurs can pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges, in a live show format.

“The Be Entrepreneurial program is one of the many classroom-based learning programs available to students through JA British Columbia,” stated Don Freschi, General Manager at Community Futures in Trail.

“It covers everything from finance to product development and is the perfect four-hour prep course for students when preparing their business concept pitch for a chance to compete.”

Modelled after CBC’s The Dragons’ Den, Junior Dragons’ Den, which started as a West Kootenay-Boundary student business competition three years ago, expanded throughout the Kootenays in the fall of 2015.

Led by Community Futures, Junior Dragons’ Den is open to students from grades seven through to post-secondary with regional competitions taking place in Nelson on April 20, 2017 and in Cranbrook on April 24, 2017.

The winners from each respective competition will automatically advance to compete in the Junior Dragons’ Den championship which will be held on May 6, 2017 at the Bailey Theatre in Trail, B.C.

Submissions are evaluated based on finances, marketability, the product or service idea and the plan presented.

Registration for Junior Dragons’ Den opened on Nov. 15 and applications can be accessed via juniordragonsden.com.