Meet the Money

Meet the Money

October 05, 2007 14:16 ET

Meet the Money: Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2007) - Four local business women today kicked off a project designed to help entrepreneurs access the financial and knowledge resources needed to launch their business concepts in a complex market. The hook? The candidate entrepreneurs must demonstrate that they possess passion, creativity and drive to make their idea a success.

These four dynamic entrepreneurs -Angela Armstrong, Carissa Reiniger, Laura M. Schuler and Johanna MacDonald -wanted to find a way to share their experiences and give back to the entrepreneurial scene in Alberta so they developed the project they call: Meet the Money -entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs.

Meet the Money calls on entrepreneurs to pitch their business idea to a panel of experts who will judge them on their demonstration of incredible drive, unquestionable passion and the courage to do what it takes to make it happen. Successful contenders will have the opportunity to participate in a business bootcamp that will prepare them to pitch to a panel of viable investors. Only 80 contenders will have the opportunity to enter the process. At the end, 10 will learn tips on how to develop their concept be groomed and coached on how to make their pitch to a panel of financial investors who are ready with up to $50,000 to invest in the best idea.

The project is open to all Alberta entrepreneurs with a good idea, incredible drive, unquestionable passion and the courage to do what it takes to make it happen.

"Each of us have developed our businesses to varying degrees of success but the one thing we all have in common is our first-hand experience of the challenges faced by entrepreneurs trying to find the resources needed to get their business ideas to market," says Angela Armstrong of Prime Capital Consulting.

"Succeeding is what we conceptualized when designing the project. A way for other like-minded business-starters to get the help they needed," says Laura M. Schuler of Trevoy LLP. "It is our way to give back."

"I've grown my business nationally and internationally and I owe a lot of it to the help I found in Alberta. I want to help someone else jump those initial hurdles that I had to make my business a success," says Carissa Reiniger of Silver Lining LTD.

"After working 15 years in communications, I decided a year ago to launch my business in Edmonton. I can truly relate to anyone contemplating the terror of taking the entrepreneurial plunge. But with a team like ours to help out, it will give any entrepreneur the balance of knowledge they need to fully develop a business idea," says Johanna MacDonald of Johanna MacDonald and Associates - a public relations and strategic communications firm.

Together, through their respective businesses, expertise and financial networks Angela, Carissa, Laura and Johanna are able and willing to help other entrepreneurs learn from their trials and tribulations and make their own dream come true.

To participate in the project visit the website for details and registration forms. www.meetthemoney.ca.

Round one - Call for Entrepreneurs

CALGARY: Thursday, October 18, 2007 SAIT campus

EDMONTON: Tuesday, October 23, 2007 NAIT campus

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