Start-up Port Hawkesbury

Will you be Port Hawkesbury’s next Start-up?

The Next Great Business Launch!

Have you always dreamt of opening your own business? Here is your chance! We are trying to launch businesses in Port Hawkesbury and along with our partners, have created a prize package that will help the newly launched businesses reach for the stars!

The winner will receive 2 years of rent free space within the Town of Port Hawkesbury, up to $20,000 in financing from InRich BDC, pro bono legal services from EMM Law, marketing services from Sara Rankin Design, Strait Area Chamber of Commerce membership for one year including business management training and networking opportunities, and ongoing business support from ESREN and partner organizations.

Preliminary Round
    • Entrants must submit a video pitch for their business idea of no more than 90 seconds and emailthis submission to
    • Tell us why Port Hawkesbury is the perfect place to make this idea successful!
    • Please include in the body of the email the entrant’s name(s), address, contact #, email address, and answer to the following question:

Do you consent to your video being shared on the ESREN’s website and through social media channelsas marketing for the contest?

  • The submission period for this round is from July 1st to September 1 st , 2017 with judging takingplace on September 15th, 2017.
Semi-Final Round
  • A concept paper is to be provided by email on or before October 10th, 2017.
  • Semi-finalists deliver a 2 minute pitch followed by judges Q&A period. Props may be used to support the pitch. Presentations and judging will take place on October 15th, 2017.
Final Round
  • A complete Business Plan proposal with financials is to be submitted by email on or before November 10th .
  • Final pitch and presentation to judges and selection of winners to take place November 13th, 2017.
Current Video Submissions