Best Youth Entrepreneur

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Youth Entrepreneurs are playing a rapidly growing role in our provincial economy. Those aged 35 and under now own over 11 per cent of our small businesses, demonstrating their innovation, resourcefulness and strong entrepreneurial drive.

We created our Best Youth Entrepreneur Award to inspire and encourage entrepreneurial ambition in youth, connecting them to BC’s community of entrepreneurs. These individuals navigate a business landscape where their relative inexperience, lack of credit history and modest asset base all serve to increase the challenges they face on a daily basis.

To win our Best Youth Entrepreneur Award, nominees will be assessed on three qualities:

  • Clear Vision:Demonstrates a clear idea for the future of the business in the areas of business growth, corporate responsibility and financial data.
  • Track Record:Growth beyond the conceptual stage to become an active business with at least twelve months of financial data.
  • Impact: How has the business made a difference? The ideal business will demonstrate social, environmental or economic impact.

Congratulations to our TOP 5 finalists for the Best Youth Entrepreneur Award

Find out more about our finalists by clicking on their logos.
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Top 5 Finalist
Top 5 Finalist

Sea to Sky Sourdough BReD Inc.

Top 5 Finalist
Top 5 Finalist

Justo’s Craft Dips

Top 5 Finalist
Top 5 Finalist

Purpose Smoothie Co.

Top 5 Finalist
Top 5 Finalist

Bigfoot Donuts

Top 5 Finalist
Top 5 Finalist

MisMacK Clean Cosmetics

To win our Best Youth Entrepreneur Award, nominees will be assessed on three qualities:

Clear Vision

Demonstrates a clear idea for the future of the business in the areas of business growth, corporate responsibility and financial data.

Track Record

Growth beyond the conceptual stage to become an active business with at least twelve months of financial data.

Impact

How has the business made a difference? The ideal business will demonstrate social, environmental or economic impact.


Eligibility

To be considered eligible for our Best Youth Entrepreneur Award, nominees must be 35 years of age or younger on December 31, 2020. If the business is owned by more than one individual, at least 50 per cent of ownership must be 35 years of age or younger. All nominees must have less than 50 employees.


What Our Judges are Looking For:

When assessing the winner of Best Youth Entrepreneur, our judges will consider the following criteria:

  • Nominee must be 35 years or younger on December 31, 2020
  • Track record up to this point
  • Plans for future expansion/growth
  • Challenges that have been overcome
  • Proof of the individual’s leadership qualities

We understand taking part in competitions like ours requires a time commitment. That’s why we want you to maximize the impact you receive from entering. Here are five tips to consider when submitting your nomination for a Small Business BC Award.

Establish Your Objectives

A great place to start is to decide upon your goals for entering the Small Business BC Awards. Maybe you want to help boost your staff recruitment, raise your profile within your industry, or improve your marketing? Our Awards program can be a powerful tool to achieve your goals. You just need to clearly define what those goals are before you begin.

Designate an ‘Awards Champion’

Throughout the years, we’ve seen businesses pass the task of administering their awards application from one staff member to the next. This results in inconsistent entries where no one person took ownership and drove the task forward. Instead, we recommend designating yourself, or a staff member, as an ‘Awards Champion’ with responsibility for handling the nomination from start to finish.

Match Your Content to the Criteria

Each of our award categories has detailed criteria you can refer to when submitting a nomination. Our judges will refer to the criteria when assessing which businesses will proceed to the next phase of the competition. It’s crucial to understand the criteria for your category and deliver an application that meets the criteria. These simple instructions provide the recipe for success. Don’t ignore them!

Speak to Previous Nominees

Each year, over 600 businesses are nominated in the Small Business BC Awards. Across the several month process, these businesses learn so much about the process, developing invaluable takeaways, experience and knowledge. Why not consider asking their advice? They’ll be able to share some of the benefits of taking part, how to prepare to present to our judges, and how to approach your community to gather votes.

Get Your Entry Proofread

Before you submit your nomination, task a friend or family member to read over it and provide their feedback. Try to find someone who will provide impartial feedback. They may notice an important element you’ve forgot to mention, or typos that have slipped under the radar. Your entry will sparkle if it’s error-free and provides a compelling case as to why you should win.


Winner

  • $1,500 cash prize from Province of BC
  • All access pass to SBBC Education and TTAE services for 1 year
  • Professional media shareables
  • 1 interview & article featured on the SBBC website
  • Social Media spotlight throughout the winning year

Top 5 Finalists:

  • All access pass to SBBC Education and TTAE services for 1 year
  • Professional media shareables

Awards Timeline

  • January 18, 2021: Nominations and Voting open
  • March 7, 2021 (11:59pm): Nominations and Voting close
  • March 22, 2021: Top 5s announced
  • April 6-8, 2021: Judging Period (Top 5 pitches)
  • May 4-6, 2021: Small Business BC Awards presentations

Previous Winners

This Year's Nominees

Check out some of the businesses that were already nominated


Mallory Woods Youth Coaching

Nominated for:
3 categories


Polo market

Nominated for:
3 categories


BELLANTONI

Nominated for:
2 categories


Thai Affair Rolled Gelato

Nominated for:
Best Youth Entrepreneur


Coffee Bike Vancouver

Nominated for:
4 categories


Streamline Athletes

Nominated for:
3 categories


GK Sound

Nominated for:
Best Youth Entrepreneur


Tiny Planet Digital

Nominated for:
3 categories


Bowen eBikes

Nominated for:
Best Youth Entrepreneur


Akonna

Nominated for:
2 categories


Sea to Sky Sourdough BReD Inc.

Nominated for:
5 categories


Tality Kombucha

Nominated for:
3 categories

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View the nominees in our six SBBC Award categories:

Click on the banners to learn more about each category and their eligibility requirements.

"People reach out to us now because of the award, and having this recognition helps people build trust with us in a unique way."

Geoff Manton

Best Company
Award Winner, 2019

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