Pow Wow Pitch Prizes:

$5,000 1st Prize + Gold Ticket to Pitch at Grand Finale
$2,500 2nd Prize
$1,000 3rd Prize
$500 Youth Prize
$500 Fan Favourite

North Forge Prize:

1-year Membership to Fabrication Lab Prize Value of $1,750

Where and When:

Manito Ahbee Festival
Red River Exhibition Park
3977 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB
May 18, 2024 | Starting at 9 AM

How to Participate:

STEP 1 - Complete the pre-entry form.
STEP 2 - Make sure you have your tickets
for Manito Ahbee.
STEP 3 - Meet at 9:00 AM to line up at the Pow Wow Pitch Registration Table in Exhibition Place to check in and receive your name tag and number.
STEP 4 - Line up at the mic at 9:45 am by number to pitch your business.
STEP 5 - Go to the Ignite Our Spirit Stage to find out if you made the Top 10.

When you pre-register, we will send you all of the details. 

Do you run a business or have a business idea?

Are you going to the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 18th?

Pre-Register Now to Pitch to WIN!

Join us live at the Manito Ahbee Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 18, 2024 and share your 1-minute business pitch to win funds and the support of the entire community!

Who qualifies?

Any Indigenous person with a business idea or a business of any type and in any industry can pitch for a chance to win cash prizes and gain a community of support.

All contestants get: 

  • Immediate entrance into the Turtle Island Pow Wow Pitch competition.
  • Free access to the Indigenous Startup Program.
  • A free .CA domain courtesy of CIRA.
  • The chance to be featured on the Pow Wow Pitch Marketplace.
  • The chance to be featured in the 2024 Pow Wow Pitch Box

Pow Wow Pitch Schedule

9:00 AM - Registration Desk Opens @ Exhibition Place

10:00 - 11:00  AM - First Round @ Exhibition Place

Pitch your business or business idea in 1-minute.

1:00 - 1:10 PM - Top 10 Announcement @ Ignite Our Spirit Stage

After Grand Entry, we take 10 minutes to announce the Top 10 and pair them with mentors to prepare for the Final Pitch.

3:00 - 4:00 PM - Top 10 Pitch to Judges @ Ignite Our Spirit Stage

The Top 10 will take the stage with the final 1-Minute Pitch followed by 2-minutes of Q&A with the Judges in front of the BellMTS Ignite Our Spirit Performance Stage audience.

5:00 - 5:15 PM - Winner Announcements and Fan Favourite Voting @ Ignite Our Spirit Stage

 Pow Wow Pitch announces the Manito Ahbee Winners and Fan Favourite!


What to Include in Your 1-Minute Pitch:

  • Introduce yourself and where you are from.
  • Tell us the name of your business and what you want to sell or already sell.
  • Tell us how you would use $25,000 to take your idea or business to the next level.
  • BONUS: Tell us why you want to do this? Who is part of your team? Your traction to date? Your vision for the future?

How your Pitch is scored:

/5 PRESENTATION - Has the entrepreneur communicated their product/service, value proposition and a pathway to sustainability and success?
/5 EXECUTION - Has the entrepreneur convinced the judges that they will follow through on their business goals?
/5 MOTIVATION - Has the entrepreneur clearly communicated how they will use the money to start or take that next step?
/5 COMMUNITY IMPACT - Has the entrepreneur outlined how their initiative will create a positive impact on their community?


If you have any questions, email