Rising Entrepreneur Award

The Rising Entrepreneur Award encourages and supports entrepreneurship in Prince Edward Island


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The future of our Island economy depends on the success of dedicated entrepreneurs who launch businesses, spur economic growth and support the vitality of our communities. This award was developed to inspire young Islanders to forge a career path in entrepreneurship.



  • $2,500 cash prize
  • Recognition during Small Business Week
  • A business profile featured in the Chamber’s Voice of Business magazine
  • Mentorship meetings with a designated business professional
  • One-year complimentary membership
  • Recognition and media exposure for the winner and their business

Award Criteria

In order to apply, applicants must:

  • Be 25 years of age or younger as of April 1st, 2021.
  • Be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder (50%) of the company and principally responsible for its operation, with no other individual or group having greater ownership.
  • Have operated the company in PEI for at least the past six consecutive months.
  • Be operating the business in PEI, at both the time of nomination and the award presentation.
  • Have permanent residence status in PEI at the time of application.
  • Not have anyone within their management, staff, or Board of Directors employed by the Chamber or serving on its Board.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the Rising Entrepreneur Award Application
  • Provide two references, who may be contacted by the judges panel:
    • One from your community and/or an educational institution
    • One from a business associate but not an employee, owner, or shareholder in your company. The Rising Entrepreneur Award judging panel members will be asked to complete a conflict of interest and confidentiality declaration.
  • Key Dates
    • October 4-8 – Applicants who meet the criteria will be interviewed by the judging panel to further evaluate the applicant and their business against the award criteria.
    • October 18-22 – Rising Entrepreneur Award recipient will be announced during Small Business Week 2021.

For more information on the Rising Entrepreneur Award

Contact Tania Crouse Hardy at



902-628-2000 x226

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