Tag Archives: Enterprize Challenge

KALECO takes the top spot in Enterprize Challenge 2021

When her video camera turned on suddenly after the announcement was made, Amanda Homeniuk’s ear-to-ear smile filled the screen. Homeniuk, new owner of the revamped Shambhala Clothing (soon to be renamed KALECO), took home the business services package valued at more than $20,000 during the Enterprize Challenge. Her prize includes business capital, banking, accounting service, […]

Enterprize Challenge 2021 Finalists Announced

Community Futures North Okanagan Enterprize Challenge finalists compete for more than $40,000 in prizes VERNON, B.C.—From beautiful country weddings to food waste recycling and permaculture consulting, environmental consciousness ties together this year’s Enterprize Challenge finalists. Hosted by Community Futures North Okanagan (CFNO) and presented by VantageOne Credit Union, the Enterprize Challenge brings together seven entrepreneurs […]

Enterprize Alumni Nominated for Small Business BC Awards

 FILL Vernon’s Refill Store & NUMU Technologies need your votes! VERNON, B.C.—One uses data to help businesses grow their profits, the other uses pumps on jugs of household products to help people refill containers and keep plastics out of landfills. Both are Enterprize Challenge alumni and both have been nominated for a Small Business BC […]

Enterprize Challenge returns & goes virtual

Community Futures North Okanagan calls for emerging entrepreneurs to participate in Enterprize Challenge, being held virtually in 2021. VERNON, BC— More than three years ago, nurse and new mother Kayley Letendre moved back to Vernon from the coast to raise her young family when she started craving something that she and her husband devoured while travelling […]

How Enterprizers have been filling a need for customers in 2020

COVID-19 was not in the business plan. And yet, two former Enterprize Challenge participants have managed to shift, thrive and support their communities in interesting ways. When Marilyn Courtenay stood on the stage and made her pitch to judges in the 2019 Enterprize Challenge, she painted a scene of The Boarding House Café: A group […]

Mentorship, Skills & Big Steps: Enterprize Offers More than just Prizes

It’s been a long road since he entered the Enterprize Challenge, but Ryan Silverthorn attributes much of the knowledge and mentorship he attained during the entrepreneurial competition for the success of his business. After taking part in the 2017 Dragon’s Den-like competition, hosted by Community Futures North Okanagan, the former golf pro at Predator Ridge […]

Enterprize Challenge 2019 Now Open for Entries

For the finalists, it’s the chance to take home thousands of dollars in prizes to kickstart a business idea, and for all participants serious about their start-up, it’s an invaluable business bootcamp. The 2019 Enterprize Challenge, hosted by Community Futures North Okanagan, is now open for registration. Organizers say if last year’s entries are any […]

LOCALITY takes the lead at Enterprize 2018!

Julia Allen and Kate Johnson—the founders of LOCALITY, which delivers quarterly subscription boxes of Okanagan goods—held hands as VantageOne Credit Union CEO Glenn Benischek took to the stage to announce the winners of Enterprize Challenge 2018. But as he announced the business that took third place (Steakholder, Richard and Danielle Toperczer), and then second place […]

Enterprize Challenge 2018 Finalists Announced

From a ‘glamping’ wellness resort and athletic wear for plus-size women to a First Nation’s café and gift shop and an ethical beef-sharing program, the ideas among this year’s Enterprize Challenge finalists show where there is a niche, there is a business. Community Futures North Okanagan, which hosts the annual Enterprize Challenge, has just announced […]

Jolly Good Spudz Takes Top Prize at Enterprize Challenge

Martin Paris dared to hope his business idea would be chosen as one of the top three winners in the Enterprize Challenge. He moved from his native England to Vernon five years ago, and while he’s held jobs in construction, his love is in the kitchen, namely potatoes. Back in Coventry, UK, his family once […]