Top 10 Win This Space Contestants

Posted Dec 1, 2017

The top 10 Win This Space finalists are ready to fine-tune their business plans for a chance to win a free downtown storefront for a year.

Judges and sponsors met Nov. 30 at Catalina’s at 131 Hunter Street West to go through all the application videos submitted. Contestants were asked to submit a 1 to 3 minute video pitch which the judges would use to help select the finalists.

The 10 finalists will go through a series of workshops on building business plans, creating marketing plans and financial forecasting.

The winner will be announced March 1 at The Venue and will then choose which downtown space they would like to open in. The prize package includes not only a free lease to a downtown storefront for a year, but also thousands of dollars in donated prizes including office and computer supplies, marketing and financial services, and advertising and promotion. This year’s grand prize is valued at more than $40,000.

The Win This Space competition is a Peterborough DBIA initiative in partnership with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, StartUP Peterborough, Community Futures Peterborough and Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs.

“There are so many entrepreneurs not just here in Peterborough, but from across the province who have some really exciting ideas of what they would like to do with a downtown storefront,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area. “Our second year of Win This Space is off to a good start and I look forward to working with our 10 finalists to bring more businesses to downtown Peterborough.


The 10 finalists (in no particular order)

• Escape Maze


• Scars & Strops


• StayFit Apparel


• Argania Natural Health Clinic


• Baby Bop Teething Accessories


• The Willow’s Bark


• Best Wishes in a Basket


• The Bicycle Museum by Dandyhorse Media Inc.


• Alexander Frames


• Bonita's Ballroom and Latin Dance Studio


Thanks to everyone who put their time and interesting ideas into submissions for Win This Space.

Win This Space would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

Monthly Adopters

• Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area

• Community Futures Peterborough
• Peterborough Utilities Group

• Atria Development

• Ashburnham Realty

• Trent University

• Monkman Gracie & Johnson Insurance Brokers

• Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs

• Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

• Inclusive Advisory


Gold Sponsors

• XXIV Social

• Strexer Harrop and Associates

• Birchview Design

• LETT Architects

• Kawartha Local

• Birchbark Media

• Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce

• Inclusive Advisory

• Sofie Andreou & Associates

• Ontario Carpet Supermart

• Red X Technologies

• Shaw Computer Systems

• acorn30


Silver Sponsors

• Scotiabank

• Chalk Therapy

• Numo

• Marketing.Ink

• Brant Basics

• Studio-N


Media Sponsors

• PTBOCanada

• Peterborough This Week

• Oldies 96.7

• 90.5 Extra

• Snapd Peterborough

• KawarthaNOW

• The Wolf 101.5

• CHEX Peterborough

• Fresh Radio 100.5


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AuthorJoel Wiebe

Date Posted Dec 1, 2017, 10:04 am