Why participate

Rise Up includes eight different award categories representing various sectors, business and life stages with both financial and non-financial prizes awarded to the winners. All award winners and runners up will have the opportunity to be featured in the WEKH See It. Be It. Campaign and database.

Not sure which category is the best fit for your business? Contact us for more information.

*All prize money is in CAD


For new companies (one year or less – from Dec 2019 onward) that are building a new product or service for the market, in any industry. If you have one or more founders, are in the early stages of business development and #startuplife is your motto, this category is for you.

Financial Award: $10,000

Youth Entrepreneur (18-24)

This category is for women aged 18-24 years old who are building a business in any industry, at any stage.

Financial Award: $10,000

Hospitality & Food

This category is for bed and breakfasts, food retailers at all stages, and businesses associated with the food industry. If you are packaging grandma’s secret sauce or building a five star restaurant this category is for you.

Financial Award: $10,000

Consumer Goods & Services

Whether you’re a personal trainer, therapist, or yoga instructor, or someone working in cosmetics, hair care and fashion, if your business is committed to physical and/or mental health and making people the best versions of themselves this category is for you.

Financial Award: $10,000

Technology & Manufacturing

This category is for businesses bringing a new technology product or service including hardware, software, hardware, services and electronics to the market.

Financial Award: $10,000

Business Services

This category is for businesses that offer services, such as professional development, diversity and inclusion consultants, marketers or Realtors and Finance, architects.

Financial Award: $10,000

Best Creative Business

This category is for creatives associated with the arts. If you are an artist, graphic designer, author, and/or musician this category is for you.

Financial Award: $10,000

Innovation/COVID-19 Pivot

This category is for a business at any stage of development that has made a remarkable pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic to modify their business model, provide new services, and/or tap into new markets.

Financial Award: $10,000


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