Parry Sound Area Founders Circle

The Parry Sound Area Founders Circle is a group of individuals and business owners working together to promote economic development throughout the District of Parry Sound. The group’s first initiative, The Founders Choice Awards, identifies and rewards entrepreneurs with promising business ideas.

Founder's Choice awards include:

  • 1st place $10,000
  • 2nd place $5,000

The Founders are community leaders who have invested funds as prizes to be awarded to individuals or groups with innovative ideas that will help improve the local economy. Aside from screening applications, interviewing finalists, and presenting the prize, the Founders aim to provide significant assistance to all finalists through video production, marketing, and introduction to investors.



Application deadline: Oct. 31st, 11:59:59 PM EST

All applications will be evaluated by the Founders based on the following 5 criteria:

  • Broad Economic Impact
  • Innovation
  • Scalability/Growth Potential
  • Profitability Potential
  • Demand for Product/Service


VIDEO DAY – Selected finalists will attend a video recording session where they will present their business idea in front of a video recording crew.

HEADSHOTS – Selected finalists will have their professional headshot taken.

MEET THE FOUNDERS – Top finalists will individually meet with a group of Parry Sound Area Founders for a Q & A session.


Parry Sound Area Founders Awards Dinner - An evening to celebrate business and entrepreneurship. Date: Spring 2024

Finalists will be recognized for their achievements and vignettes of video presentation will be shown.

At the end of the evening, the first and second Parry Sound Area Founders Choice prize winners will be announced.

Submission Deadline: Oct. 31st, 2023, 11:59:59 PM EST