Nominations are now open for the 2024 Douglas 10 to Watch Awards. These are given to new and innovative local business that are 3 years old or younger.
The exposure winners receive through 10 to Watch gives them well-deserved applause, builds brand recognition and shines the spotlight on the Island’s spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Businesses can be nominated by anyone in the community, including themselves. Scroll to the bottom of this page to make your nomination.
Winners of 10 to Watch will be recognized and showcased in the April/May 2024 issue of Douglas magazine. Read about the 2023 winners here.
Awards Nomination Information
Because this is a new business startup award, all applicants must have incorporated or started the business on Vancouver Island more than one year, and less than three years ago (created on or after January 1, 2021).
The business must not be a spin-off from a pre-existing business, amalgamated, merged, acquired or otherwise affiliated with any other business or company. Non-profit organizations and societies are exempt from this award.
Business principals must be at least 18 years of age and must agree to be interviewed and photographed.
The deadline for nominations is November 10, 2023.
After the nomination deadline passes, every 10 to Watch nominee receives an application form to fill out, starting the week of November 13, 2023, which includes details such as a short biography, indicators for success and how the business contributes to the community and/or environment.
This application form must be filled out by the nominated business and must be received before December 8, 2023.
All completed application forms are reviewed by an independent panel of judges who are not affiliated with Douglas or Page One Publishing. The judging panel is made up of business professionals and that panel selects the 10 to Watch winners.
Winners are notified after judging. The 10 winners will be interviewed, photographed and revealed to the public in the April/May 2024 issue of Douglas magazine.