PTBOCanada Featured Post: Apply For The Kawartha Backcountry Entrepreneurship Experience

Attention young entrepreneurs: One of the summer’s most successful educational/entertaining events is coming back and you need to go. Building on two highly successful years, the 2017 edition is about to be bigger than ever! So pay attention.

The Kawartha Backcountry Entrepreneurship Experience is an action packed weekend opportunity brought to you by FastStart Peterborough—a youth entrepreneurship program in collaboration with Trent University, Fleming College and the Innovation Cluster-Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

It’s open to aspiring and current entrepreneurs who want to learn about starting their own business or further develop their skills.

The Backcountry Entrepreneurship Experience offers an opportunity for Peterborough youth to immerse themselves in the world of entrepreneurship in an incredibly random and off the grid kind of way.

Like past years, here's got a Quick Checklist of Q's:

-> Are you more of a creative free thinker with dreams of setting off on your own?

-> Does the thought of working a 9 to 5 job give you nightmares?

-> Do you like plaid?

-> Are you between 18 and 29 as you read this?

-> Do you have plans from August 25th-27th?

If you answered “yes” to 4 of these questions (the answer to question 5 was hopefully a NO), or know someone who would, proceed with excitement because this could be awesome.

There is an application process we’ll explain just a little further down, so keep reading. If you’ve got plans that weekend, start trying to reschedule now. Have a birthday party you’ve already RSVP’d to? Send a card and go next year. They’ll have another one.

2015 and 2016 were awesome experiences. A great group of people got together, out in the wild and did some pretty amazing stuff.

Here is a quick rundown of what successful applicants can expect for the 3rd Annual event...

DAY 1: The day begins at the Innovation Cluster and is challenging right off the hop. Participants start off with a workshop entitled “Entrepreneurship 101: So you want to be an entrepreneur”. If you’ve ever considered becoming an entrepreneur, you know it’s potentially a daunting task!

This day isn’t meant to intimidate you but rather it’s there to open your eyes to the potential world of entrepreneurship. Topics covered include: Defining your Target Market, What is an Entrepreneur, Conducting Market Research, Business Model Canvas, and Pitching your Venture like a Rock Star.

DAYS 2 & 3: This is where the rubber hits the road! They’re centered around a fun and competitive simulation that empowers teams to address entrepreneurial challenges and develop ideas for new business ventures in a “Kawartha Backcountry Competitive Advantage Challenge”. Combining canoeing, camping and numerous outdoor activities, the participants will put what they’ve learned on Day 1 to practice, surviving in the wilderness while also implementing and operating their own enterprise.

-> By the end of the trip, you’ll leave with great memories and skills to reflect on when operating your own enterprise, not to mention the winning team will win a prize of $500!

Here is the really important detail you’ll want to remember: The deadline to submit applications is July 31st, 2017. Don’t wait until the last minute. Work now, procrastinate later!

The Entrepreneurship 101 session at the Innovation Cluster can accommodate up to 60 participants of all ages, while the Backcountry Experience is limited to only 20 youth between ages 18 and 29.

Tentative about leaving your comfort zone and missing Netflix for a night? Don’t be! The program is being presented in collaboration with the 2014 Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurship Competition Winner, The Land – Canadian Adventures. They know their stuff, so have no fear! And besides, Netflix will be there when you get home. Binge watch Fuller House later.

One last thing >>> it’s FREE! The costs of the program will be covered in full by FastStart in order to reduce barriers to participation.

**Apply now -> Click here. Learn about Entrepreneurship 101 here.

Watch this awesome video below to learn more about the program...

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