NookSTART is a 10-week online artisan business competition, designed to help you build a sustainable artisan business. It will provide you with curated content, insights, peer to peer networking and weekly challenges that will prepare you and your handmade business to thrive with and in the retail industry.
NookSTART was born from recognizing a need in the maker community for a supportive, affordable, online business learning program focused on:
- Taking a handmade craft and developing it into a successful retail business;
- Strengthening an already existing artisan business that has yet to reach its full potential.
NOOKSTART'S GUIDING PRINCIPLES ARE THE FOLLOWING:
- To provide Canadian makers with the necessary opportunities, tools and support to reach their full business potential.
- To provide inclusive, affordable programming with immediately actionable outcomes that are specifically designed to successfully launch and grow a handmade business in retail.
THE PRIZE PACKAGE / $6,800 VALUE / 3 WINNERS EACH WILL RECEIVE....
- 1 Retail Nook for 1 full year ($3,000 value).
- Online store for 1 full year ($2,000 value).
- 100% of all sales for the full year, both online and in store (unlimited sales potential).
- 6 hours of free event venue space to host workshops, pop ups, business themed events ($1,400 value) – another revenue source.
- Vending opportunity at nookFEST 2018 ($200 value) – even more sales for you!!
WHAT YOU CAN LEARN - THE CURRICULUM
The NookSTART Artisan Business Competition is open to the first 100 makers who register. All registration is on a first come, first serve basis. All artisans or handmade businesses are welcome to be a part of the competition. No one is eliminated within the 10 weeks. Every single participant will benefit from all knowledge, discussions and business tools shared during that time. The top 10 finalists will be announced in week 11.
COMPETITION STARTS | Sunday March 11th, 2018
Registration closes March 8th, 2018. All registered participants will receive their competition package by March 10th, 2018.
The 10 finalists will pitch their business to a panel of industry experts and a live audience at the nookSTART pitch off, taking place on Saturday June 16th , 2018 in Toronto.
The winners will be announced on Tuesday June 19th, 2018. Winners Start their retail nooks in September, 2018.