Win This Space is Back!

Do you have a great business idea or an existing business? Do you wish you had a storefront in the heart of Downtown Peterborough? You’re in luck because the Win This Space entrepreneurial competition is back!

Win This Space is a partnership that we are undertaking with the Peterborough DBIA, Startup Peterborough and Community Futures Peterborough. The initiative invigorates our local economy, makes a more attractive and vibrant downtown and creates jobs as business owners staff their storefronts.

In last year’s competition, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development clients were some of the shining stars. Tiny Greens (last year’s winner) has had a busy 2017 establishing their presence in downtown. This microgreenery serves up smoothies, lunches, juices and salads on George Street, as well as having a living wall in their space.

Other participants have used the experience and their business plans to find their own storefront opportunities. Anna Eidt and Erin Watson, partnered to create Watson & Lou, with the support of the Starter Company Plus program and open a new storefront on Water Street. Tara Genge of Chalk Therapy has opened a storefront in the City’s southend on the Queensway. Then and Now Goods has grown with support through Starter Company Plus.

How do you apply?

Send a business pitch via a 1-3 minute video explaining: who you are, what your business/product/service is, what makes it awesome, why you should win and your personality and enthusiasm.

Interested in applying? Check out the Application on the Win This Space website.

Need help crafting that pitch?

Contact our experts in the Business Advisory Centre to finesse the finer details and learn how to put your best foot forward in the competition.

How is Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development involved?

  • You will be supported by our team along your Win This Space journey. We are a partner in presenting this initiative and pleased to support in creating a winning pitch for applicants and a viable business plan for the Top 10 finalists.
  • Our Business Advisory Centre Lead, Sandy Greenberg is also one of the eight judges on the panel.
  • We are also an Adopter sponsor and will be paying the rent at the winner’s new storefront for one of the 12 months.

Learn more about Win This Space

For all of the information on this exciting initiative,  including application details, timelines and available spaces, visit