Four Canadian small businesses compete for a chance to win a $100,000 grant
3(rd) Annual The Challenge contest invites Canadians to vote for their
favourite pitch at The Globe and Mail website beginning July 8
TORONTO, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The four semi-finalists of the 3(rd) annual The
Challenge were announced today, putting them one step closer to winning a
$100,000 grant from TELUS. Between March and May of this year, Canadian
entrepreneurs were invited to present their biggest business challenge and how
they would use $100,000 to overcome that challenge. More than 1,000 small
businesses from across Canada entered for the chance to take their business to
the next level.
This year's four semi-finalists are:
-- Forerunner Research - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Forerunner
Research produces scientific instruments that monitor soil
emissions for safety and environmental purposes. The company
would improve its research and development facilities, add
multiple instrument calibration stations and expand its sales
-- Keystone Waste - Vancouver, British Columbia. Keystone Waste
provides equipment to help companies reduce waste, increase
sustainability and improve recycling while reducing operating
costs. The company would use the grant to make the industry
more efficient by investing in mobile bin fill sensor
technology that indicates when waste and recycling bins need to
be picked up to avoid pickup trucks wasting extra fuel.
-- Livestock Water Recycling - Calgary, Alberta. LWR specializes
in innovative manure treatment technologies for livestock
operations to make the agricultural industry more sustainable.
The company would use the grant to upgrade its research and
development lab to expand into international markets.
-- Northern Canadian Supplies Ltd. - Fort McMurray, Alberta. NCSL
supplies environmentally friendly janitorial, safety and
industrial products. The company would use the grant to
introduce a series of green, eco-friendly products to the
mining and oil sands industries that would provide significant
"Canadian small businesses face many unique roadblocks and The Challenge gets
small business owners thinking about opportunities they can capitalize on to
take their companies to the next level," said Jim Senko, vice-president of
TELUS Small Business Solutions. "The four semi-finalists all demonstrated
innovative thinking and we're excited to see how a $100,000 cash infusion
could help them overcome their challenge and reach success."
The four semi-finalists will present their business challenges to a panel of
judges at the TELUS House in downtown Toronto, and explain how they would use
the business grant to overcome their key obstacle. Canadians are invited to
vote for their favourite small business pitch video at The Globe and Mail
website between July 8 and August 31, 2013 (limit of one vote per person).
"This is the first year we've featured live pitch sessions, and I think it's a
valuable addition to the program," said Sean Stanleigh, Editor, Report on
Small Business, The Globe and Mail. "Judges will have the opportunity to ask
questions and provide feedback that the businesses can benefit from regardless
of the outcome."
The winner will be announced on September 26, 2013. For full details about the
contest and to read the contest rules and regulations, please visit
The TELUS Small Business Solutions team is committed to putting business
customers first by being clear, helpful and dependable. Business communication
solutions are offered to more than 500,000 small-and-medium-sized businesses
(SMBs) across Canada. SMBs can count on TELUS for reliable office-based
solutions, in addition to wireless solutions on Canada's largest 4G LTE
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in
Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2million customer
connections, including 7.7million wireless subscribers, 3.4million
wireline network access lines, 1.4million Internet subscribers and 712,000
TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle,
TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members
and retirees have contributed more than $300million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8million hours of service to
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS'
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
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Elisabeth Napolano TELUS Media Relations 416-906-9830
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