Jayesh Vekariya and Linda Biggs

Giving back

You could win $125,000 in funding, advertising, and technology for your Canadian business

Aug 11, 2023

(Above) 2022 #StandWithOwners winners, Jayesh Vekariya & Linda Biggs (TELUS)

Back for its fourth consecutive year, TELUS’ #StandWithOwners program is supporting small- and medium-sized businesses that are making a difference in their local communities, while using technology to innovate and grow.

Owners can fill out applications now for a chance to win one of five grand prizes, including $125,000 in funding, advertising, and technology. Grand prize winners will also have the opportunity to receive mentorship from the TELUS advisory panel tailored to their specific business needs, as well as other prizes from TELUS and its partners to help fuel their business growth.

Along with the grand prize winnings, the business owners who are invited to participate in the #StandWithOwners program will also receive a round-trip package to Vancouver to celebrate their achievements.

In addition to the five grand prizes, the top 15 finalists will each receive $20,000 in funding, technology, and additional prizing.

Lourdes Juan

Lourdes Juan, Founder, Leftovers Foundation (TELUS)

Through the application, business owners will have to demonstrate how they’re solving the problems of today and tomorrow while using technology to grow and differentiate their businesses.

“Every day, businesses are out there doing bold and incredible things to change the game for their customers and communities,” said Navin Arora, Executive Vice-president, TELUS and President, TELUS Business, in a press release.

“That entrepreneurial spirit and innovation is worth recognizing, and as a proud supporter of Canadian business, we want to put the spotlight on owners and empower them to do even greater things that move our economy and society forward.”

Kat and Vic

Kat and Vic, Founders, LOHN (TELUS)

The panel of judges includes Roi Ross, Vice-president of Marketing at TELUS Business; Anjali Kapal, Vice-president, Product Management & Customer Experience at Canada Post; Penny Hicks, Managing Director, Client Partnerships at The Globe and Mail; Lourdes Juan, Founder of Leftovers Foundation and 2021 #StandWithOwners winner; and Mark Hickman, Managing Director, Canada at Sage.

To help support small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada even further, TELUS is offering additional applicants support and prizes through its 50-day countdown leading up to the contest. This will include tips from past winners, business advice from the judges, details on the amazing prizes available, and partner announcements and surprises.

Applications for TELUS’ #StandWithOwners program are open now until Wednesday, September 6, so read the full contest details and enter for your chance to win!

This article originally appeared on Daily Hive