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2019 ThriveNorth Business Challenge

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ThriveNorth's fifth Business Challenge is now receiving applications! Application deadline is March 20, 2019.

For the full event poster, click here.

The three main eligibility criteria are:

  1. Applicants are between the ages of 18-39 years old
  2. Applicants reside in a northern BC community with 25,000 people or less
  3. Applicant businesses are/will be located in the northern BC community where they live

To see a video of last year's Business Challenge, click here. Last year's event was held at the Lido Theatre in Fort St. John.  This year it will be held at the REM Theatre in Terrace.  Final pitches will be on May 7th, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Norris at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (604) 598-2923 x 4107, or Marko Gordon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (250) 639-4633. 

2018 Winners Announced

Lucy Sager Rio Tinto Mountain Award Winner

Five finalists from around Northwest BC displayed their innovations and competed for thousands of dollars in cash prizes at SNCIRE's fourth Northwest Innovation Challenge in Terrace last week. In addition, this year's event hosted five showcases as well, of winners from past Innovation Challenges to show how their innovations have progressed since. 

 And the finalist winners are....

 

Rio Tinto Mountain Prize $1,500 - Best Innovation

Awarded on strength of innovation, regional relevancy, impact, appeal of display, enthusiasm and potential for commercialization.
Sponsored by Rio Tinto.

Wooden Learning Toys - Evan Ramsay

 

Tree Prize $1,250 – Runner-Up Innovation
Awarded on strength of innovation, regional relevancy, impact, appeal of display, enthusiasm and potential for commercialization.

All Nations Driving Academy - Lucy Sager

 

Rock Prize $1,000
Awarded on strength of innovation, regional relevancy, impact, appeal of display, enthusiasm and potential for commercialization.
Farmer's Root Cellar - Lauria Gallant, Denise Gagnon, Josette Wier, Alison Watson, and Bryan Swansburg

 

Regional Relevance Prize $750
Awarded for the innovation that best addresses the needs and opportunities of Northern B.C., the innovation that is most clearly "of the North, for the North”.
All Nations Driving Academy - Lucy Sager


Commercialization Prize $750
Awarded for the innovation that has the best potential for commercialization
All Nations Driving Academy - Lucy Sager 


People’s Choice Award $500
Voted on and chosen by anonymous public ballot. 
Tow 'N' Go - Nathan Saarela
 

Door Prize - 15 minute Helicopter Flight for 5
Sponsored by Canadian Helicopters.


$250 was also awarded to each finalist before the event to create a display for the Northwest Innovation Challenge. 

The Northwest Innovation Challenge is an annual event that aims to celebrate and support innovation and innovators in Northwest BC.

Many Thanks to our Latest Sponsors!

Big thanks to the latest sponsors of SNCIRE's 2018 Northwest Innovation Challenge. 

Got a great idea brewing in your brain? Enter your idea into the 2018 Northwest Innovation Challenge and win some cash!

New Sponsors

The Innovation Challenge of 2018 is made possible by all of our sponsors.

 

Come to SNCIRE's AGM

This year's Annual General Meeting will be held on April 13th at 10:00am at Lakelse Financial.  Come out to see what SNCIRE is all about!

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Enter the 2018 Northwest Innovation Challenge!

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We've got $10,000 in cash prizes to give away!

Got a great idea brewing in your brain? Enter your idea into the 2018 Northwest Innovation Challenge and win some cash! Download all the info and forms you need to enter:

  • Applicant Information Package (PDF - will open in a new window)
  • Application Form (Word Document - will download onto your computer.)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ midnight

Final judging and event: Friday, April 27 in Terrace, BC @ the Sportsplex.

Repeat applicants welcome.

If you have questions, or problems downloading the applicant info package or application form, contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Thanks to our 2018 sponsors!

Big thanks to the 2018 sponsors of SNCIRE's Northwest Innovation Challenge. 

Got a great idea brewing in your brain? Enter your idea into the 2018 Northwest Innovation Challenge and win some cash!

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Koneline: our land beautiful tours Northwest BC

 

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Award-winning documentary “KONELINE: our land beautiful” is touring Northwest BC. For more info and the movie trailer, go to CanadaWild website.  


From the website:


KONELĪNE: our land beautiful
is a sensual, cinematic celebration of northwestern British Columbia, and all the dreamers who move across it.


Some hunt on the land. Some mine it. They all love it. Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, KONELĪNE captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change.


An art film with politics, drama, and humour, KONELĪNE: our land beautiful explores different ways of seeing—and being. A guide outfitter swims her horses across the vast Stikine River. The world’s biggest chopper flies 16,000-pound transmission towers over mountaintops. KONELĪNE‘s characters delight while smashing stereotypes: white hunters carry bows and arrows; members of the Tahltan First Nation hunt out of a pickup with high-powered rifles. There are diamond drillers—both Native and white—and elders who blockade them. There’s a Tahltan son struggling to preserve a dying language, and a white guy who sings “North to Alaska ” to his stuffed moose.

 

Smithers, B.C. @ ROI THEATRE

November 12, 2016 - 5 pm
November 13, 2016 - 5 pm

 

Terrace, BC @ TILLICUM TWIN THEATRES

November 14, 2016 - 7 pm

 

Hazelton, BC @ GITANMAAX TRI TOWN THEATRE

November 15, 2016 - 7 pm

2016 Winners Announced

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Twelve finalists from around Northwest BC displayed their innovations and competed for thousands of dollars in cash prizes at SNCIRE's third annual 2016 Northwest Innovation Challenge in Terrace last week. And the winners are....

Thrive North Commercialization Prize $2,500
Awarded to the innovation considered to have the best potential for commercialization. Sponsored by Futurpreneur Canada as part of the ThriveNorth Initiative. 
55north Hopyard Trial (now 'Hazelton Hops') - Laurie Gallant and Bill Crosson of New Hazelton

Mountain Prize $1,200 - Best Innovation
Awarded on strength of innovation, regional relevancy, impact, appeal of display, enthusiasm and potential for commercialization.
Sponsored by Spectra Energy and Prince Rupert LNG.

Heat Recovery and Control System in a Standalone Biomass Gasification CHP (Combined Heat & Power) System - John Egenolf of Smithers 


Tree Prize $800 – Runner-Up Innovation
Awarded on strength of innovation, regional relevancy, impact, appeal of display, enthusiasm and potential for commercialization. 
Sponsored by Spectra Energy and Prince Rupert LNG.
Quadracycle - Norman Wagner, Jarrod Fregin, Cole Sankey and Ken-Li Peerless of Haida Gwaii 


CityWest Regional Relevance Prize $1,000
Awarded for the innovation that best addresses the needs and opportunities of Northern B.C., the innovation that is most clearly "of the North, for the North”. Sponsored by CityWest.
Skeena Chinampa - Hans Seidemann of Prince Rupert 


Bio-Product Prize $1,000
Awarded for the most innovative use of a bio-product. Sponsored by Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, SNCIRE and Central Mountain Air/Hawkair.
Microbial Film Power Generation - Aaliyah Mahboubi of Prince Rupert 


People’s Choice Award $500
Voted on and chosen by anonymous public ballot. Sponsored by Bulkley Valley Development Association (BVEDA).
Centre pin float reel - Anika Juergensen of Terrace
 

Door Prize - 20 minute Helicopter Flight
Sponsored by Canadian Helicopters.
Finalist Jarrod Fregin of Haida Gwaii


$250 was also awarded to each finalist before the event to create a display for the Northwest Innovation Challenge. Sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Terrace and Prince Rupert, Stanted, McElhanney, Lakelse Financial, EventHostBC, the Wolfe family and SNCIRE.

The Northwest Innovation Challenge is an annual event that aims to celebrate and support innovation and innovators in Northwest BC.

Photos on SNCIRE's facebook page!