‘Skills Camp’ Awards $8K to Manitoba Startups

By David Klassen

Innovate ManitobaThree Manitoba entrepreneurs have been awarded $8,000 in cash and in-kind prizes by the province to give their startup businesses a boost.

The winning businesses, Shut Ur Pie Hole, Prairie Skyline Ventures and Unwind Massage Therapy and Yoga, participated in the two-day Startup Skills Camp in Brandon earlier this week.

They were chosen from 21 participants at the Innovate Manitoba event based on the strength of their pitches as well as the commercial potential of their businesses.

“Manitoba’s entrepreneurial spirit is driving economic growth and diversification in Brandon and surrounding rural communities,” said Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn. “We are pleased to support this skills camp, as it helps build a strong foundation for rural development.”

The winners:

Shut Ur Pie Hole
Heather Daymond is making homemade pie in a jar with plans to sell and distribute her pies across North America.

Prairie Skyline Ventures
Peter Zahradka and Carla Taylor have researched and developed a medical innovation to prevent and treat hardened arteries.

Unwind Massage and Yoga
Melissa Krochak has developed an online 90-day personal wellness program, which includes meditation, yoga practice, diet and health components.