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It's an all-Aboriginal business idea challenge, and we're taking your submissions

Do you have a cool new business idea? A new product or service? Something that'll Cash-In on Saskatchewan's Economic Boom? But first you need a little start-up money and business advice to make it fly?

Then, CBC Saskatchewan is the place to be. CBC Saskatchewan, in partnership with W. Brett Wilson, Canoe Financial and the Wilson Centre for Excellence at the U of S, is hosting The Boom Box.

So, if you're an Aboriginal person, living in Saskatchewan, and you have a great business idea - we're your first stop!

Just upload a short (2 to 4 minute) video below - explaining your idea and why you think it's good enough to pitch to one of Saskatchewan's most successful entrepreneurs - W. Brett Wilson.

Entries must be received by midnight, March 31st, and the top five pitchers (four judge selections + one entry with the most audience votes!) will be selected to present their ideas in person inside The Boom Box in Saskatoon on April 12th!

Stay tuned for the next big thing on CBC News Saskatchewan at 5, 5:30 and 6, and CBC Radio.


The finalists of the 2012 Boom Box competition have given their best pitch to W. Brett Wilson and the panel of judges, and the top 3 have been chosen!

  1. 1st Place: Jacob Pratt
  2. 2nd Place: Jennifer Dubois
  3. 3rd Place: Heather Abbey


Watch the Finalists in The Boom Box

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W. Brett Wilson is putting up his own money to help get your business off the ground with The Boom Box!


The top 3 pitchers will also each receive 3 months of mentoring from a local business person in Saskatchewan.

W. Brett Wilson is an entrepreneur who has been particularly successful in the oil and gas industry. He co-founded one of the industry's leading investment banks, now one of Canada's most respected companies. FirstEnergy Capital Corp. is a leader in institutional sales, trading, research, financings, and a pioneer in innovative corporate philanthropy. In addition to his energy interests, Brett has acquired holdings in real estate, agriculture, sport and entertainment. He is also Chairman of Canoe Financial, one of the top 20 mutual fund companies in Canada.

For the past three years, Brett has been a popular panelist on the reality show Dragons' Den – one of Canada's most watched television programs. He has used this platform to promote entrepreneurship and innovation to audiences throughout Canada. He is also host of Risky Business TV, which profiles unique opportunities for investment and entrepreneurship. He has founded the W. Brett Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence at the University of Saskatchewan, promoting entrepreneurship among all disciplines, with a vision for becoming one of Canada's pre-eminent centres for entrepreneurship.

A noted philanthropist, Brett has sought to inspire, engage, and lead the business community into seeing corporate social responsibility not as an obligation, but an opportunity. To help them realize their potential for giving back, he has organized dozens of highly popular – and successful – fundraising events that have not only raised awareness but also tens of millions for Canadian charities.

Respected for his principles and passion, Brett has received wide recognition for his business and philanthropic leadership. He has been singled out as Alberta's Business Person of the Year, named Calgary's Person of the Year, and recognized as a Nation Builder for his role in encouraging entrepreneurship, particularly among youth. In 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Royal Roads University. He became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011.