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Students have a shot at CASH for their business pitch

Thunder Bay Ventures is relaunching their Enter the Den program aimed at students in developing business ideas. Students can enter either from Grade 7 & 8 or from high school (grades 9-12). Winners can get up to $1000 in cash, and it doesn't even have to be an operating business, or there's no obligation to run the business.  Just come up with a great idea and have a good pitch! Best of luck!
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