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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Bears Lair 4 Finalists Announced!

Kawartha Lakes Mums - Do you Know Any of These Bears Lair Semi-Finalists? 

Bears Lair, an annual competition aimed at improving business viability, has a format similar to Dragons Den. The competition is open to new and existing businesses in Peterborough, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton.
The semifinalists were first released in a Youtube video, but not user-friendly for those with visual challenges. Finally we were able to glean the list of semi-finalists from a myriad of posts on their Rebel Mouse page which was posted on Facebook. We sent messages to Bears Lair, asking about the finalists, but received no reply. This morning we sifted through their Facebook page - nothing! Then, we finally dug the announcement in their Twitter. The four finalists have been chosen! 

Bears Lair Selects 11 Finalists Do You Know These Businesses?

image Bears Lair logoThe Bears had a tough job. You'll notice 11 semifinalists instead of 10, as there was a tie!
The criteria for the Bears' Lair competition are:
  • Benefit to the Local Economy, 
  • Innovative, Viablility, 
  • Entrepreneur's Overall Business Acumen & Experience, and 
  • Passion & Presentation. 
 Here are the 2013 Bears' Lair 11 semifinalists who participated.
  • 3D Printing 
  • Apple Crumble Company 
  • Celtic Connection 
  • Charm Tree Toys  ( Charm Tree Toys was based out of Omeme and moved to Peterborough)
  •  Creative Legacy 
  •  Mobitek 
  • Natures' INN 
  • Peter Patch Pedicabs 
  • The First Element Spa 
  • The WISP 
  • The Work of Art 
March 28th, a two hour semifinalist bootcamp was held in Peterborough,. Then April 1, each semi-finalist needed to submit a revised one page business plan to Bears Lair. April 4th from 3pm to 5pm, the 11 semifinalists each pitched live to the Bears.

April 4th at 5:30pm, the Bears were to announce the FOUR Finalists. However, we were still waiting to hear the results after 6pm.Checking our Twitter for a reply, Bears Lair still had not responded this morning. They must be swamped with tweets. After a search through their tweets, we finally found the remaining four who each gave a 3 min pitch to the audience, at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club, last night. The four finalists who will go to The Market Hall Peterborough, April 23, 2013 for their final Bears Lair judgement and over $24,000 prize package are :

Bears Lair (@Bears_Lair) tweeted at 6:30pm - 4 Apr 13: 4 finalists are: Creative Legacy, Nature's Listen Inn, The First Element Spa and The Work of Art. Well done all! See Bears Lair Tweet Here
Watch for this post to be updated with the results.

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