Build your dream

Put your ideas into action

Challenge yourself, test your ideas

Participant Handbook 2018

Welcome to the  14th Annual Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge.

Last year’s Challenge posted record results!

28 Partners, 170 Participants, 240 Volunteer Hours!

Over $60,000 in cash and in kind prizes

awarded to the winners!

The CEC is more than a competition; it’s an opportunity to build on your dream. Through the program you will gain business skills, write your business plan, get feedback on your ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs like yourself and have a chance at winning cash and prizes!



Here is the skinny

For more detailed information, please download the Participant Handbook     Download Handbook


100% dedicated to the growth of your ideas

The Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge is a business plan writing competition designed and targeted toward new or existing business (individuals or teams) who have a sustainable and high-growth business idea. Due to the amazing support from our sponsors, we are able to offer both a general and technology stream.



Key Dates

Registration opens
Training Begins
Training Finishes
Business Plans Due
Final Presentations


(2) Grand Prizes

$10,000 cash + more in kind prizes

(3) Runner-Up Prizes

$2,500 cash + more in kind prizes


The skills you’ll gain:

Strategic thinking
Business plan writing
Presenting ideas
Putting ideas into action

Want to take part in this year’s Challenge?

Since the first CEC we have awarded $315,000 in cash, plus thousands more in-kind prizes

Our Platinum Sponsors

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Training Dates 2018

All sessions will be held at the University of Lethbridge. They are also available online. All sessions are Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 P.M.


Jan 10 – Session 1:  Plan, CEC Introduction + Craig Elias

Jan 17 – Session 2:  Value Proposition Canvas + Market Research

Jan 24 – Session 3: Business Model Canvas + Entrepreneur Panel

Jan 31 – Session 4:  ATB / Validation & Inputting Results + Social Media



Feb 7 – Session 5:  Cash Flow + Funding + Financials

Feb 14 – Session 6:  Legal / Insurance

Feb 21 – Session 7:  Operations + Location Analysis

Feb 28 – Session 8:  MNP Panel / Executive Summary + Pitches

subject to change due to speaker availability


Business Planning Sites


The Business Link

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Interactive Business Planner

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Business Planning Sites

RBC Business Planning

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E-Commerce/ Internet Based Sales

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