REGIONAL WINNERS & FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2020 POW WOW PITCH

Emerging Indigenous Entrepreneurs Selected to Pitch up to $25,000 in Prizes

Ottawa, ON – October 7, 2020 | Today, Pow Wow Pitch, Canada’s premier pitch competition for emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs, announced it’s top 25 Finalists selected to pitch at the 2020 Pow Wow Pitch Finals, presented by RBC with the support of Shopify, Canada Post, BDC, and NACCA, taking place October 20, 2020.

Last week, 100 Indigenous entrepreneurs went head-to-head pitching to panels of judges, to earn a spot in the 2020 Pow Wow Pitch Finale. The judges selected 25 entrepreneurs to move onto the Final Pitch event. Out of the 25 Finalists, the judges also recognized 10 Regional Winners, each receiving $500 toward their business goals. All 25 Finalists will be pitching on October 20, 2020 for their chance to win $25,000 in prizes to start-up and scale-up their businesses.

Announcing the 2020 Pow Wow Pitch Finalists & Regional Winners

NATIONAL FINALISTS REGIONAL WINNERS & PEOPLE'S CHOICE                                                                 

NL - KAYLA STRIDE, FIRE CERAMICS

PE - JEFF BRANT, N2N.NET

NS - CHEYENNE ISAAC GLOADE, L’NU’K CLOTHING CO.

NB - PAIGE POLCHES, KWEY BEAUTY 

QC - GAVIN DECONTIE, DECONTIE CLEANING 

ON - KERI GRAY, SHADES OF GREY INDIGENOUS PET TREATS

MN - SONYA BALLANTYNE,  CODE BREAKER FILMS 

SK - JODY WHITEDUCK,  WHITEDUCK WILD RICE

AB - JOEL DUBOIS, BLUERING MEDIA

BC - CASS SPENCE,  SACRED SAUNAS

NWT - TYRA MOSES, DENE MEDIA 

NU - BERNICE CLARKE, UASAU SOAP 

PEOPLE’S CHOICELYNN-MARIE ANGUS,  SISTERS SAGE

NATIONAL FINALISTS                                                                                                                                           

MYA BEAUDRY, KOKOM SCRUNCHIES 

REID COUTURE, TIMBER & FINS 

CHRISTIAN EMOND, YOIL TECHNOLOGIES 

KIAWENTONTEH (CASEY) SWAMP, 3TK FITNESS

KAREN MACAULAY, INDIGECATION

LEIGH JOSEPH, SKWÁLWEN BOTANICALS

DAWN ANGELIQUE WILSON, BACK TO OUR ROOTS INDIGENOUS MEDICINE 

ERICA DANIELS, KEJIC PRODUCTIONS

TASHA POWER, KANATAN HEALTH SOLUTIONS

TAWNYA BRANT, YAWÉKON BY CHEF TAWNYA BRANT

HOLLY SMITH, INDIGENOUS WELLNESS SERVICES 

CASS SPENCE, SACRED SAUNAS

“Congratulations to the Regional Winners and all of the Finalists moving on to the 2020 Pow Wow Pitch Finale,” said Sunshine Tenasco, Founder and CEO of the Pow Wow Pitch. “Your resilience, creativity and commitment to celebrating and sharing our diverse Indigenous culture while making an impact is a testament to how our unique style of business can and will create a better future for us all.”  

“What an incredible experience this has been for us at RBC,” said Dale Sturges, National Director, Indigenous Financial Services at RBC. “Pow Wow Pitch is more than a competition - it's a celebration of Indigenous innovation and creative spirit, which the world desperately needs in order to effect positive change. Congratulations to the Regional Winners and Finalists”.

 

Ready, set, pitch!

Join the 2020 Pow Wow Final event live through the Pow Wow Pitch Facebook Page and participate using #PowWowPitch on October 20th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET. Celebrate alongside event Co-Hosts Sunshine Tenasco, CEO of Pow Wow Pitch, and Ashley Callingbull, the first Indigenous woman in Canada to win the Mrs. Universe title.

Sunshine Tenasco 

Founder, Pow Wow Pitch 

819-665-2150

powwowpitch@gmail.com 

 

About Pow Wow Pitch 

Pow Wow Pitch is an entrepreneurship program for emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs, which provides a safe, supportive, collaborative, empowering and culturally supportive environment that addresses the unique challenges of Indigenous entrepreneurs and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs. Pow Wow Pitch enhances, develops and accelerates the growth for current and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs in a sustainable way through programs and resources. Community leadership through volunteerism is promoted as a reflection of respect and reciprocity as the foundation of the Pow Wow Pitch. Creating opportunities for Indigenous entrepreneurs to shine. For more information, visit https://www.powwowpitch.org/.

About RBC Indigenous Financial Services Group

For more than 100 years, RBC has been building strong relationships with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada. We are committed to serving Indigenous governments, communities, organizations, businesses and individuals by creating opportunities for sustainable economic development through access to banking and capital, community and social development, employment, education and training and procurement. RBC also provides donations and grants that support Indigenous interests. More information is available at rbcroyalbank.com/indigenous.

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