THE TEAM UP ON A START-UP COMPETITION (“COMPETITION”) IS SPONSORED BY CO-OPERATIVES FIRST (“SPONSOR”). COMPETITION BEGINS ON OCTOBER 16th, 2023 AT 12 AM CST AND ENDS ON NOVEMBER 16th, 2023 AT 12 AM CST. (“COMPETITION PERIOD”).

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Only a simple form entry found on the competition landing page is required for entry.  By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor and Administrator. Void where prohibited by law.

The Competition is open to legal residents of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia who have reached the age of majority in their respective province of residence at the time of entry. Employees or contractors of the Sponsor(s) and immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with any such employees or contractors, are not eligible to enter.

The value of the prize is one $15,000 business support package delivered by Co-operatives First.

Prizes must be accepted as awarded.  Prizes may not be sold, converted to cash, are non-transferable, and no substitutions are permitted. The Sponsor reserves the right, in the event that a prize or any component of a prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason, to substitute another prize of equal or greater value without liability.

The chances of being selected are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received during the Competition Period and how closely the pitch meets the below competition criteria.

Criteria include being eligible to incorporate a co-operative enterprise in western Canada; three or more business partners; and the perceived viability of the business idea. The business idea can be either for-profit or not-for-profit. Preference will be given to business ideas that involve or impact people from rural or Indigenous communities in western Canada.

A minimum of one (1) winner will be chosen. The odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received and adherence to competition criteria. An announcement will be made on NOVEMBER 21st, 2023, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from among all eligible entries received on or before the Competition Closing Date.  Selected entrants will be contacted by telephone within seven days of the winner announcement date.  If a selected entrant cannot be contacted within seven days of the draw date his/her entry will be disqualified and another entrant will be selected.  To be declared a prize winner (the “Prize Winner”), the selected entrant must: (1) correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question to be administered via telephone or email; and (2) complete, sign and return a Statement of Compliance, Release and Indemnity Agreement to the Sponsor within 14 days of receipt of written prize notification or prize will be forfeited and an alternate Prize Winner selected.  Prize Winners consent to the use of their name, address (city and province) and photograph without compensation, in any future publicity carried out by the Sponsor.

Additionally, contestants may enter to win by enrolling in the Introduction to Co-operatives online course during the Contest Period. The value of the prize is one $100 “Co-op” brand gift card.

Prizes must be accepted as awarded.  Prizes may not be sold, converted to cash, are non-transferable, and no substitutions are permitted.  One prize per winning entry; one prize per household.  The Sponsor reserves the right, in the event that a prize or any component of a prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason, to substitute another prize of equal or greater value without liability.

The chances of being selected are dependent upon the total number of eligible entries received during the Contest Period.

One gift card winner will be chosen at random. The odds of winning will depend on the number of entries received. A random draw will be made on November 17th, 2023 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from among all eligible entries received on or before the Contest Closing Date.  Selected entrants will be contacted within seven days of the draw date.  If a selected entrant cannot be contacted within seven days of the draw date his/her entry will be disqualified and another entrant will be randomly selected.  To be declared a prize winner (the “Prize Winner”), the selected entrant must: (1) correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question to be administered via telephone or email; and (2) complete, sign and return a Statement of Compliance, Release and Indemnity Agreement to the Sponsor within 14 days of receipt of written prize notification or prize will be forfeited and an alternate Prize Winner selected.  Prize Winners consent to the use of their name, address (city and province) and photograph without compensation, in any future publicity carried out by the Sponsor.

By entering the Competition, entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor with respect to all aspects of the Competition, which are final.  This Competition is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws.  To request a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Team Up on a Start-Up Pitch Competition, 4 – 1810 8th Street East, Saskatoon SK, S7H 0T6.

By entering this Competition, entrants consent to the use of their name and address (city and province) by the Sponsor for the purposes stated herein.

The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entrant in the event of fraudulent Competition entry or other violation of these Official Rules.  Submissions are subject to verification and void if obtained illegitimately, or if altered, mutilated, forged, tampered with or irregular in any way.

Subject to applicable law, the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion and for any reason, to cancel, terminate, modify these Official Rules or administration of the Competition or suspend this Competition in whole or in part without prior notice and with no obligation or liability.  In the Sponsor’s sole discretion, a Prize Winner may be selected by random drawing from among all valid entries received up to the time of cancellation, termination, or suspension.

By participating in the Competition, entrants agree to release and indemnify the Sponsor and any independent judging organization as well as their respective parents, affiliates, members, agents and contractors, including advertising and promotional agencies, and their directors, officers and employees, from any and all losses, expenses (including legal fees), damages and claims of any kind in connection with the Competition or resulting from the acceptance, possession or use of any prize, including without limitation any loss, personal injury, death, property damage, or claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy.

Under no circumstances will the Sponsor, its member’s retail co-operatives, subsidiaries, affiliates, independent contractors, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents, including advertising and promotional agencies, be responsible for any injuries, loss or damages of any kind (compensatory, direct, incidental, indirect, consequential or otherwise) with respect to or in any way arising from, this Competition or the prize awarded.  In no event shall the Sponsor be required to award more prizes than what is indicated in these Official Rules or award the prizes otherwise than in accordance with these Official Rules.

Images included in the giveaway post may not depict the exact prize and are for illustrative purposes only.

Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and/or Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.

Residents of Canada are required to enter a skill-testing question to claim their prize.

Sponsors reserve the right to publish winners’ first name and last initial.

The Sponsor respects your right to privacy. Personal information collected is not sold, rented or loaned to any third parties.

The Sponsor will use the information collected solely to administer the Competition.  No correspondence will be entered into except with selected entrants.

By completing and submitting a Competition entry form you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for the purposes stated herein.

Please contact Aasa Marshall, info@cooperativesfirst.com or 306-382-4410, for any questions.

“Heather and the team at Co-operatives First are top-notch. Not only their knowledge but their understanding of the project. They have truly helped us along every step of the way. Their timely response and knowledge of the steps are extraordinary. They are forthcoming with information. This is one of the most knowledgeable and friendliest teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Weyburn Theatre

“Co-operatives First made the process of establishing our Artisan Co-operative a very clear and easy process. The expanse of available tools and resources provided by Co-operatives First answers many questions and lightens the workload. Greatly appreciate having the connections made with Trista and Kyle, they keep the co-operative moving forward.”

Nehiyawaskiy Indigenous Peoples Art Co-op

“Our experience working with the Co-operatives First team was absolutely fabulous. The staff was accommodating, knowledgeable and patient. It was truly a breath of fresh air to have such a wealth of skill and resources available to a non-profit. They were invaluable to our successful launch!”

Heart Linked Community Services Cooperative

“Working with Co-operatives First was fantastic! We are still new to the cooperative world, and we relied heavily on their advice and expertise when drafting our rules/bylaws, and our memorandum of association. The team has experience with many different cooperative models, so they provided advice on what has and hasn’t worked for other cooperatives. We wouldn’t have been able to incorporate without their help!”

Ananda Cooperative

“We have had a very positive experience with everyone at Co-operatives First. They have helped us in multiple ways. Right from the first step in knowing how to incorporate, how to set our business and offering ideas for us to help steer us in the right direction plus allowing us to really make our own decisions. If our decisions go off track, they have gently guided us back to where we needed to be. The Co-operatives first guys are always eager to answer questions, and give ideas to us that got us off the ground.”

South East Butcher Block