$10,000 prize for winner of 2018 Dragons’ Contest

SUMMERSIDE – Nov. 17, 2017 – RDÉE Prince Edward Island has just launched the fourth edition of its very popular francophone Dragons’ Contest, offering a $10,000 prize to the winner of this entrepreneurial competition to help him or her set up a business project.

Contest organizers are hoping this amount will provide leverage to help the champion advance to the next phase of his or her entrepreneurial journey. The winners of the first three editions of the contest were Mathieu Gallant from Island Artisan Cheesehouse in Mont-Carmel, Karine Gallant and Iain MacInnes from the Productions Piroune malthouse in St. Timothy and Ghislaine Cormier from Kaneshii Vinyl Press in Charlottetown.

This contest is similar to the one featured on the “Dragons’ Den” TV show. Contestants have seven minutes to present their project (with product samples, images on the big screen and verbal explanations) to a panel of judges, which asks questions and then decides to invest the prize money into their favorite project.

The contest’s new coordinator, Velma Robichaud, asks all those who are interested to fill out the participation form at https://www.garago.net/forms/Dragons2018 by Jan. 31, 2018.


“This edition of the contest is, as always, aimed at any francophone or bilingual person (French and English) wishing to establish a new business, launch a new product or service or expand an existing business,” explains Robichaud. “The product or service must be available in both of Canada’s official languages and the business must be setting up shop on PEI.”

She adds that all contestants must attend a full day of « pitch training » with Nova Scotian trainer Ron Robichaud Feb. 3 to learn how to present their entrepreneurial project in a concise and convincing way. In mid-February, they will all get a chance to present their pitch to a local panel of judges, who will select the three top projects.

These three finalists will compete in the March 17 finals in Summerside before a national panel of entrepreneurial experts. In addition to the $10,000 cash prize, the winner will also win several other gifts, including free memberships to the Charlottetown Chamber of Commerce and to the Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI. The winning project will also get lots of media coverage.

The finals will be held in conjunction with the Acadian Chamber’s Entrepreneurs’ Gala evening.

Last year, about 100 people watched the three finalists make their presentation. Later in the evening, the winner received her huge cheque from Premier Wade MacLauchlan.

All requests for information can be addressed to contest coordinator Velma Robichaud at dragons@rdeeipe.org or at 902-854-3439, Ext. 229.


CUTLINE: Martin Marcoux, president of RDÉE Prince Edward Island, and coordinator Velma Robichaud officially launch the 2018 edition of the Dragons’ Contest, which offers a $10,000 grand prize.


For more information:
Velma Robichaud
Dragons’ Contest co-ordinator
902-854-3439, Ext. 229