Published: 5/10/2019 11:49:00 AM

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Winners announced


Entrepreneurship lives in our youth!  Wednesday May 8, 2019 at Westgate High School Library seen 6 finalists competing in front of five judges for first, second and third place cash prizes for their business idea.   Amazing presentations showcasing their business ideas and marketing plans.  “So close and hard to choose a first, second and third ranking, they are all winners” was a comment by one of the judges.

Enter the Den is a business writing plan competition for Thunder Bay high school students inspired by the popular Canadian TV show, the Dragon’s Den.  Enter the Den is a gentler version of the format with practical feedback to every participant.  This is the 9th year of the competition.



1st Place          $1500  –  Eversmooth Enterprise by Natalie TenHave

2nd Place        $1000  – MD Firewood by Matthew Davis

3rd Place         $500    – D&A Custom Carvings by Aiden Morancy                                                     
                                                                 & Dalton Lamoureux
                                            All student above from Westgate CVI

Runner ups (in no order) 

Ken's Inputs by Kendall James (DFC)

Nicole's Creative Customs by Nicole Mighton (Westgate)

Revamped by Isabel Davies-Stevenson & Olivia Wood (St Ignatius)


A big shout out to our volunteer finalist Judges:    
Rhonda Bill                  A Fine Fit Catering

Aaron Lagadin             Northern Credit Union

Karen Lynn Evans        PARO

Alyson MacKay            LU – Ingenuity

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We would like to acknowledge the following as Supporters:

  • Ambassadors Northwest
  • CEDC
  • Jones and Associates
  • Northern Credit Union
  • TbayTel
  • Whitewater
  • Northern Ontario Angels


In Kind

  • Thunder Bay Public Library
  • BDC – Business Development Bank


“The success these students achieved today is just be the beginning of more magnificent achievements in their lives.”  


We wish students success and look forward to seeing where their entrepreneurial spirit will take them.




For more information:

Deborah Poole-Hofmann
Event Assistant for Thunder Bay Ventures