Ghislaine Cormier of Charlottetown was named the champion of the 2017 Dragons’ Contest at the Acadian Entrepreneurs’ Gala in Summerside, winning a cash prize of $10,000 to help her equip her new record manufacturing business, Kaneshii Vinyl Press.
Through the contest, organized by RDÉE Prince Edward Island, she also won free memberships to two chambers of commerce, a free consultation on setting up or improving her website, college business courses and a $200 gift certificate at a university bookstore.
Earlier in the evening, Cormier and two other finalists – Sylvain and Madison Gagné from Gagné Blueberries and Jérémie Arsenault from Simple Feast Catering and Meal Club – had each presented their entrepreneurial project to a panel of three judges or “dragons” during a seven-minute pitch. The judges then asked five minutes’ worth of questions to each contestant.
The “dragons” were Jean-Guy Bigeau, president-executive director of RDÉE Canada, Alfred Arsenault, general manager of Evangeline-Central Credit Union representing PEI Credit Unions, and Daniel Bourgeois, executive director of La Belle-Alliance and the Institut de recherche Beaubassin.