Foundation to help rural youth to start businesses

Young, rural entrepreneurs have been afforded the opportunity to pitch themselves for a chance to win $25,000 in startup capital.

Young, rural entrepreneurs have been afforded the opportunity to pitch themselves for a chance to win $25,000 in startup capital.

Shannon Scofield, spokeswoman for the FarmOn Foundation, says the foundation has teamed with the Bashaw Agricultural Show Committee, Community Futures, Creating Pathways for Entrepreneurial Families, Northlands in Edmonton and the Alberta Development Fund, to help rural youth who want to start a business.

Juniors aged 15-19 and people aged 20-35 are urged to get involved in the pitch to convince judges the value of their rural or agriculture based business idea with a prepared elevator speech during the qualifiers on Aug. 10 in Bashaw.

A judging panel will select six finalists including one junior and five senior group people to move to the second stage of the competition.

During this stage they will receive mentorship, business coaching and planning support for the implementation of their business idea..

The competition culminates on Nov. 9 at Northlands during Farmfair International.

“The journey was paved with business training, mentorship and resources provided by the many partners of the project,” said 2010 Perfect Pitch winner Megan Oleksyn from the Calgary area.

She said the training and assistance gave her the confidence to take her business to the next level.

For further information contact www.startpitching.com.