Building Business Downtown is a Dragons Den-style pitch competition. Local Lethbridge entrepreneurs who are looking to build their business in downtown Lethbridge will pitch their business plans to the Downtown Dragons who are landlords in downtown Lethbridge. 

Entrepreneurs will be looking to make deals on leases in downtown spaces.

The top business plans will be looking to compete to win $12,000 towards rent for an entire year + other great prizes! The top business plans will all receive free enrollment in SMARTStart, an entrepreneur training development program (Thanks to Community Futures and the Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA)). 

Dates to Know

August 23 - Applications Open
September 15 - Applications Close
October 20 - Pitch Competition


1st Place
          $12,000 to go towards rent for your first year
          Free enrollment in SMARTstart
          1hr marketing strategy session with London Road Marketing

Other Finalists
           Free enrollment in SMARTstart

Our Project Partners

Economic Development Lethbridge
Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce
Community Futures Lethbridge
Regional Innovation Network of Southern Alberta (RINSA)
London Road Marketing
Legend Productions

Thank you to the Heart of Our City Committee (HOC) and the Reimagine Downtown Activation Grant for providing support to this project. 

Submit completed applications to the Community Futures office (2626 S Parkside Dr, Lethbridge AB) or by email at

Building Business DT Application_1.pdf