Press Release


Founders Choice Awards Winners Announced, Celebrating Entrepreneurship in Parry Sound District

The Parry Sound Area Founders Circle is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Founders Choice Awards. Cash prizes of $10,000 for first place and $5,000 for second place were presented to entrepreneurs in the Parry Sound District with the most promising business ideas.

The winner of the Parry Sound Area Founders Choice $10,000 is Wave Weir, from Wave Fibre Mill.

The winner of the Parry Sound Areas Choice $5,000 is Steve Hagen, Dent Bakery Co.

At the end of August 2022, the five finalists were selected from over 16 applicants.

  1. Dent Bay Bakery Co – an artisan bakery providing organic whole grain, hand crafted, naturally leavened sourdough and pastry bakes.
  2. Wave Fibre Mill – engages a local workforce and area artisans, and looks for local, pure, unaulterated, bio-degradeable materials to create garments.
  3. Lyndsey Stevenato Children’s Therapy Services – delivers occupational therapy services to children from birth to 18 years.
  4. Muskoka Charcuterie – creates with culinary expertise, delicious charcuterie boards.
  5. Sound Youth Counselling – offers mental health services for youth ages 10+ plus years old.

In October 2022, the five finalists presented “elevator pitch” videos, which described their business in its entirety, to a group of Parry Sound Area Founders, followed by a presentation of their business, questions and answers, and a robust discussion. Each finalists was scored and rated, the top two finalists with the highest scores, would be the winners.

Peter Istvan and Nicole Boyd, co-chairs, presented the two successful recipients of the Parry Sound Area Founders Choice Award winners at IMPACT Gala dinner event, held at the JW Marriott The Rosseau resort in Minnet on Nov 10th, hosted by Parry Sound Community Network (PMCN).

“It was a great evening of celebration and recognition of many great business ideas”, say Nicole Boyd.

Peter Istvan says “Congratulations to Wave Weir and Steve Hagen, and all the businesses and individuals that competed in this years Parry Sound Area Founders Awards”

“Entrepreneurism is alive and well in the Parry Sound Area”, said Stuart Morley, Executive Director, Parry Sound Muskoka Community Network.

About Parry Sound Area Founders Circle

The Parry Sound Area Founders Circle are community leaders, entrepreneurs, and business leaders who have invested funds as prizes to be awarded to individuals or groups with innovative ideas that will help improve the local economy throughout the Parry Sound District.