Over $40,000 was given to local entrepreneurs last night at the 2nd annual Hawk's Nest event, which took place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, just outside of Mildmay.
The event is similar in structure to shows like ''Dragon's Den'' or ''Shark Tank''.
People pitch their business ideas, and the ''Hawks'' can invest up to a maximum of $5000 on each idea, or offer business advice, loans, or donations.
Unlike the show, there was also a People's Choice Award, which saw $5 from each ticket sale go into a pot, which was then awarded to the most popular presenter.
186 tickets were sold this year, which means that $930 was awarded to the winner.
The People's Choice Award winner this year was Jesse Topp of Topp Performance in Port Elgin.
Topp also received $8000 in investment money from the Hawks.
He says that money raised will go towards renovating additional space at his current location, Maple Square Mall on Goderich Street. He will also use the money to help offset the cost of membership for those who cannot afford it.
1/ Michelle Bauman of Growing Abilities received $8,000 from the Hawks
2/ Tara Coates of SurfSUP received $7,000 and mentorship opportunities.
3/ 12-year-old Cooper Loblaw of Urban Chick received $3,000.
4/ Sherry-Lynn McRobb of Family Home Care Centre received $5,000.
5/ Ruth Montgomery of the Maven Project received $5,000 and mentorship opportunities.
6/ Ranjan Pradhan of Shrimp Canada received $5,000.
7/ Jesse Topp from Topp Performance Fitness in Port Elgin received $8,000 in funding from the Hawks. He also received $930 and some free local advertising opportunities for winning the People's Choice Award.