SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Pow Wow Pitch is a grassroots community of Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island, purpose-built to provide a safe, collaborative, supportive and empowering platform for inspiration, education, mentorship, celebration, and reconciliation through entrepreneurship.

We enhance, develop and accelerate growth for current and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs in a sustainable way through programs and resources. Our programs are rooted in community leadership through volunteerism as a reflection of respect and reciprocity.

VISION & MISSION

It’s about People. Our vision is for every Indigenous entrepreneur to feel supported by a community cheering them on as they take action on their ideas and build businesses rooted in Indigenous culture.

Our mission is to provide platforms, programs and resources to support Indigenous entrepreneurs to start and grow thriving and sustainable businesses that make a difference.

 

ACKNOWLEDGING OUR
POW WOW ROOTS

Pow Wow is a place to meet, dance, sing, honour our culture and trade. Indigenous people have the ideas to make a difference in their communities across Turtle Island and the world. Pow Wow Pitch is our platform to grow our social impact and support one another as a community.

 

OUR FOUNDER

Kwey, my name is Sunshine Tenasco, and I’m from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.

I started Pow Wow Pitch because I believe entrepreneurship is the path to self-sufficiency. Entrepreneurship is a big part of Indigenous heritage. We used to call it trade— we are just reawakening to entrepreneurship.

Being on Dragons Den changed my life path. When Brett Wilson and Arlene Dickinson (two very influential business people) invested and believed in me, it gave me the courage to continue my entrepreneurship journey. I hope that Pow Wow Pitch helps to give that gift to someone else. I love seeing entrepreneurs succeed.

ADVISORY BOARD

Jennifer Harper

CEO, Cheekbone Beauty

Shannin Metatawabin

CEO, NACCA

Gina Wilson

Deputy Minister, Diversity, Inclusion & Youth

Kyle St-Amour-Brennan

Indigenous Programs, Shopify

Aaron Martyniw

VP Commercial Markets, Winnipeg, RBC

TEAM

Pow Wow Pitch programming, partnerships and production are delivered by Lennox Innovations in collaboration with Signature Motion and Raven Reads.

Victoria Lennox

Executive Producer

Cyprian Szalankiewicz

Creative Producer

Matt Nahdee

Alumni Fund Director

Nicole McLaren

Mailer Box Director

Mike Sullivan

Web Developer