3rd 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 3rd 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 capabilities.
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
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 network.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $11 billion of annual revenue and 13.2 million
customer connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers,
3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million 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 video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million
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
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