GRAVENHURST — Muskoka Founders Circle, a group of Muskoka business leaders dedicated to economic development in Muskoka, is pleased to announce that the number of Founders Choice Awards will increase from two to three in 2020.

The Muskoka Founders Circle will hand out prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $5,000 this year.

Total prize money will increase from $20,000 to $30,000. First prize is $15,000, second prize is $10,000 and third prize is $5,000.

Applications are now being accepted at

“We are excited by the continued great response to our competition,” said Rick Dalmazzi, executive chair of the Muskoka Founders Circle.

“We increased the prize money last year, and we were motivated to do it again this year.”

Founders Choice Awards are given to Muskoka-based entrepreneurs judged to have the most promising new businesses. Any full-time Muskoka resident over the age of 18 can apply.

Applicants are asked to write a brief description of their business and explain why they believe it will be successful.

Five finalists will be chosen, and the awards will be presented at the third annual IMPACT Awards event on April 23 at the JW Marriot in Minett.

The IMPACT Awards is dinner is hosted by Parry Sound Community Network (PMCN) to celebrate the accomplishments of entrepreneurs in the Muskoka region and Parry Sound area.

“We are pleased to include the Founders Choice Awards in our event,” added PMCN executive director Stuart Morley.

“The IMPACT Awards is a fitting way to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that is alive and well and gaining momentum in Muskoka and Parry Sound.”

About Muskoka Founders Circle

It is a project of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst and supported by the Rotary clubs of Bracebridge, Bracebridge/Muskoka Lakes and Huntsville, as well as many Muskoka-based businesses, associations and business professionals.

Its goal is to promote a positive working relationship between government, not-for-profits and businesses toward a common goal of making Muskoka a great place to do business.

About PMCN

It’s mission is to create economic value by building information and communication technology (ICT) capacity through community partnerships. Its vision is a network of innovative communities focused on job creation and economic development in the broadband economy.

For more information contact Dalmazzi at Muskoka Founders Circle 705-205-8000.

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