Barrie looks to entice startups with a contest for the ‘world’s smallest office’


Barrie entrepreneurial hub The Creative Space is hosting a new national contest to attract startups to the city. Dubbed smOffice, the contest is accepting applications from non-Barrie residents to provide one entrepreneur six months of accommodation and startup amenities.

The smOffice package includes legal, accounting, finance, and marketing advice, six months of accommodation in a local condo suite, tickets to local cultural events, and – of course – a 20 square foot office in The Creative Space. All told, smOffice is valuing the contest winnings at over $80,000.

“Entrepreneurs sometimes struggle because they lack the professional knowledge to address the breadth of business issues that arise, or because they do not have mentors who have taken a business from a start up to a global operation” said Chad Ballantyne, Director of The Creative Space. “This contest will change that, not only by providing critical legal, accounting, advisory and banking support, but by putting the winner in touch with leading entrepreneurs, including those who have been on Profit’s Top 50 list.”

Non-Barrie residents interested in the opportunity must submit a one-page business plan and 60 second video here to apply.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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