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Cubs’ Lair 2023 Winners Unveiled: Hadi Jakmora Wins $3,000 Grand Prize for Pioneering Business Idea, Quest It

December 4, 2023 – PETERBOROUGH, ON – The Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas is excited to announce the winners of this year’s Cubs’ Lair entrepreneurial competition.

First place, with a grand prize of $3,000, goes to Hadi Jakmora for “Quest It,” a versatile mobile app designed for everyday task assistance, facilitating local services from snow removal to meal preparation.

Matt Anderson clinched second place and a $1,500 award for Chemong City Greens, an enterprise cultivating organic microgreens. Their nutrient-rich produce enhances meals year-round, enriching Peterborough’s local food network.

Nicholas Landon secured third place and a $500 prize, sponsored by Futurpreneur, for Course Sync Inc., an innovative platform revolutionizing student academic management.

Special commendation goes to the other outstanding participants:

  • Zachary McCue of REPWR
  • Ashley Bonner of Community Pin
  • Yash Ramnani of Nectar
  • Jayden Smith of Cub Storage Inc

Esteemed judges for Cubs’ Lair 2023 included Marcelo Sarkis of Prima IP, Jade Calver of Calver Immigration Consulting Inc., and Jason Fiorotto, a seasoned B2B marketing strategist. Their expertise and insights were invaluable in discerning the most promising ideas.

The event, enhanced by the generous support of sponsors such as Erben Restaurant and Futurpreneur, showcased the enthusiasm and ingenuity of the region’s entrepreneurs. Attendees enjoyed live pitches, networking opportunities, and refreshments, celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship.

The Innovation Cluster extends heartfelt congratulations to all Cubs’ Lair 2023 participants for their remarkable creativity and dedication. We eagerly anticipate the future success of these entrepreneurs in Peterborough and beyond as they continue to shape the landscape of innovation.

About the Innovation Cluster 

Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (ICPK) is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs to launch, grow and scale their businesses. They help entrepreneurs reach their business goals so that our local community, job market, and economy continue to grow.

The ICPK supports startup businesses by providing dynamic programming, mentorship, workshops, and networking opportunities to entrepreneurs through three core programs.

STARTUP INCUBATOR – a full-service Startup Incubator Program

STARTup Visa Program Canada – an Immigrant Entrepreneurship Program

Student Entrepreneurship Program

The Innovation Cluster operates across multiple locations, one of which includes LAUNCH Kawartha, a dedicated space for incubation programming situated in Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes. For additional information, please visit

Core Funding is provided by The City of Peterborough, Trent University, Fleming College, The City of Kawartha Lakes, OMAFRA, Feddev Ontario, and Franklin Empire. 


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