The Small Business Challenge is back for its sixth straight year, shining a spotlight on Canada’s brightest entrepreneurs and the business challenges they face. The annual contest, sponsored by TELUS and The Globe and Mail, is an opportunity for Canadian small business owners to showcase their unique business ideas to a nationwide audience for a chance to win $100K, as well as other prizing to help take their business to the next level and get help overcoming the barriers standing in their way.

Detailed prizing includes:

  • Grand prize of $100,000 to help you overcome your business’s biggest challenge and $10,000 to donate to a charity of choice and a profile in The Globe and Mail
  • Four semi-finalists receive $10,000, a $2,000 technology prize pack and a profile in The Globe and Mail
  • 10 regional winners receive technology prize packs worth $1,500
  • Three most promising start-ups receive agency services worth $5,000, mentorship from Agency 59 and a profile in The Globe and Mail
  • 50 honourable mentions featured in The Globe and Mail
  • For the first time this year, one small business owner will receive $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice through a Community Investment category
  • Extensive publicity in The Globe and Mail and on TELUS social media channels for all finalists

What’s your story? Enter now – we would love to hear it.

2015 Challenge Winner Donates $10,000 Cheque to Holland Bloorview


Check out a few posts on our blog, TELUS Talks Business:

Inside advice on entering the Small Business Challenge

When Andrew Shepherd sat down and applied for the Small Business Challenge Contest with his team of two, he never thought that his company Vancouver Island Salt Co., would be a semi-finalist, let alone the 2014 winner of the $100,000. Read about how the contest changed his business and Andrew’s inside advice on how he wrote his winning entry.

Best business advice: 10 regional Challenge winners weigh in

It takes a lot of talent, ingenuity, and hard work to launch a small business. Read about how these 2015 regional Challenge winners compete in the marketplace year after year.

Five semi-finalists pitch for $100,000 at 2015 Small Business Challenge event

After 6 months, more than 3,300 entries and countless hours of judging, these five very unique Canadian small businesses were chosen as semi-finalists. Take a look at what it was like for the finalists for their final pitch at the 2015 Small Business Challenge event.