Thank you for your support of the 2023 Pow Wow Pitch Program. This page is a hub for information and coordination of Pow Wow Pitch partners as we navigate through the 2023 Pow Wow Pitch Program. This page is updated in real-time as details are confirmed and is the most up-to-date source for information.
LAST UPDATED August 8, 2023
PART 1 - COMMUNICATIONS
LOGO & BRAND GUIDELINES
Click here to access our Brand Guidelines and Logo.
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. For more information, visit powwowpitch.org.
Partners are welcome to submit content for inclusion in our monthly eNewsletter, with more than 42,300 subscribers. Content should include
- A high-res image (width - 1030px, height 515px - 1030px).
- A short title.
- Approximately 50 words of text.
- A web link to learn more.
Content submitted will also be promoted through the Pow Wow Pitch social media channels as appropriate. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any content by the dates below.
|eNewsletter Content Deadline||eNewsletter Release Date|
|April 27, 2023||May 4, 2023|
|June 1, 2023||June 8, 2023|
|June 29, 2023||July 18, 2023|
|July 27, 2023||Aug 3, 2023|
|Aug 31, 2023||Sept 7, 2023|
|Sept 28, 2023||Oct 5, 2023|
|Oct 26, 2023||Nov 2, 2023|
|Nov 30, 2023||Dec 7, 2023|
|Feb 1, 2024||Feb 8, 2024|
|Feb 29, 2024||March 8, 2024|
PART 2 - PARTNER BRAND ENTITLEMENTS
ACTION 1: LOGOS & BRAND GUIDELINES
ACTION 2: PARTNER PAGES
Many of our partners are entitled to have a partner page on our website to showcase your support for Indigenous entrepreneurs and Pow Wow Pitch.
If you had a Partner Page from 2022, please review your page and provide revisions by email.
If you do not yet have a partner page and would like one, please provide the content to us by email and allow for two weeks for implementation. Generally, Partner Pages include a logo, website link, social media handles, and a boilerplate summary of how your organization supports and serves Indigenous entrepreneurs. You can also have Indigenous-focused stories, resources, events or calls to action relevant for Pow Wow Pitch entrepreneurs.
Pow Wow Pitch promotes these pages throughout the Programming season through our social channels.
Please email revisions to email@example.com by April 13, 2023.
|Best Buy||Direction required.|
|Sklar Wilton & Associates||Complete|
|Raven Capital||Direction required.|
ACTION 3: PARTNER ANNOUNCEMENTS
We love to kick off our Programming Season year with Partner Announcements. All partners are entitled to partner Announcements, including a post on our website and a dedicated day of social media recognition for the Partnership. Pow Wow Pitch will draft the announcement for your review, develop social artwork. Dates are on a first-come basis. Please review your announcement and release date and provide approvals by April 14, 2023 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|In Progress||Raven Capital||Complete||Jelly Marketing|
The Co-Presenting partners of Pow Wow Pitch are entitled to have a Podcast advertisement at the top of the Pow Wow Pitch Podcast. Podcast ads need to be no longer than 15-30 seconds in length. Partners can provide .MP3 or .WAV audio files no later than March 30th or have Pow Wow Pitch draft a script for your approval and have Sunshine Tenasco record the advertisement(s). New podcasts drop every three weekes, starting April 25th, with 13 episodes.
PART 3 - PROGRAMMING
This Year, Pow Wow Pitch will host 11 Virtual Semi-Finals and 6 In-Person Pow Wow Pitch events, leading to a Grand Finale Pow Wow Pitch. We have a very ambitious year ahead, a fantastic lineup of Judges and Mentors, and more than $150,000 in cash prizes. 2023 will be topped off with the 3rd Annual Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards, the Pow Wow Pitch Box, and the PowWowMarket.com launch.
Judges and Mentors will receive a briefing email and calendar invitations upon registration. In July, Judge and Mentor profiles will be added to the website and they will receive their Pow Wow Pitch T-Shirts or PowWowMarket.com gift cards.
3.1. VIRTUAL POW WOW PITCH JUDGING
Co-Presenting sponsors may have one Judge seat per semi-final and the Grand Finale. Silver sponsors have two Judge seats between all semi-finals on a first-come basis unless otherwise specified in your agreement. Where possible, we welcome Indigenous associates or individuals who have sector-specific experience.
|Category||Judge Tech Checks||Recording Date||Airing Date||Judges|
|Not-for-profit||July 26 - 27||Aug 14, 12:00 - 2:30 PM ET||Sept 4 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting|
|Tourism & Startup||July 26 - 27||Aug 14, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ET||Sept 5 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting + ITAC|
|Knowledge Services||July 26 - 27||Aug 15, 12:00 - 2:30 PM ET||Sept 6 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting|
|Consumer Products & Retail||July 26 - 27||Aug 15, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ET||Sept 7 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting|
|Health & Wellness and Startup Innovation||July 26 - 27||Aug 16, 12:00 - 2:30 PM ET||Sept 8 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting|
|Professional Services & Trades||July 26 - 27||Aug 16, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ET||Sept 11 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting|
|Food & Drink||July 26 - 27||Aug 17, 12:00 - 2:30 PM ET||Sept 12 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting|
|Creative||July 26 - 27||Aug 17, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ET||Sept 13 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting|
|Youth and Startup Ideas||July 26 - 27||Aug 17, 6:00 - 8:30 PM ET||Sept 14 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting + Best Buy|
|Tech||July 26 - 27||Aug 18 12:00 - 2:30 PM ET||Sept 15 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting|
|Fashion||July 26 - 27||Aug 18, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ET||Sept 15 - 7:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting + Aritzia|
|Finale||Sep 19 - 20||Sept 17, 12:00 - 4:00 PM ET||Oct 19 - 6:00 PM ET||Co-Presenting|
3.2. VIRTUAL POW WOW PITCH MENTORSHIP
- The Mentor Orientation with Sunshine Tenasco takes place July 26 or 27 at 1 PM ET
- The Semi-Final Mentorship takes place August 7-10th, 2023
- Co-Presenting sponsors - up to 25 employee mentors
- Silver sponsors - up to 10 employee mentors
- Seed sponsors - up to 5 employee mentors
- Community - 1 employee mentor
3.3. POW WOW PITCH INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURS BOOTCAMP
On June 27th, from 12 PM - 3 PM ET, Pow Wow Pitch will partner with Co-Presenting and Silver Partners to host Ask Me Anything Sessions with Indigenous Entrepreneurs recorded, streamed live, and available for on-demand access after that. All Pow Wow Pitch Applicants and Alumni will be invited to this Indigenous mini business Bootcamp. The schedule and agenda are attendee-driven and driven by Q&A rather than presentations. Sunshine Tenasco will host the Sessions. Co-presenting and bespoke partners are involved.
3.4. POW WOW PITCH FINALIST BOOTCAMP
The Finalist Bootcamp and Mentorship take place September 18 from 2 - 5 PM ET involving co-presenting and bespoke partners. Finalist Mentorship with Skar Wilton Takes place September 19th and 20th.
3.5. IN-PERSON SPONSOR PARTICIPATION
- Co-Presenting: 1 Judge for all Locations and up to 5 Mentors
- Silver: 3 Judges in total and up to 3 Mentors in each location
- Seed: 1 Judge and up to 2 Mentors in each location
|Apr 29, 2023||Gathering of Nations||Albuquerque, New Mexico||Vendor table pitches|
|May 20, 2023||Manito Ahbee||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Full event|
|June 24, 2023||Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival||Ottawa, Ontario||Full event|
|July 15, 2023||Natoaganeg Traditional Powwow||Eel Ground First Nation, New Brunswick||Full event|
|Aug 4 & 5, 2023||Kamloopa Powwow||Kamloops, British Columbia||Full event|
|Aug 26, 2023||St. Mary's Powwow||Fredericton, NV||Vendor table pitches|
|October 8-9 (TBA)||Native Women Lead||San Francisco, CA (USA)||Full Event|
|November 8, 2023||Mana Up||Hawaii||Full event|
3.6. INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS
The following organizations sponsor the Indigenous entrepreneur Awards: RBC, Shopify, Mastercard, and EDC.
Partners sponsoring the Awards will have the opportunity to submit their preferences of who they wish to present an award to. We will send you the names of the entrepreneurs and their profiles on August 4 for you to submit your rankings within one week.
Please introduce email@example.com to your presenter by July 15, 2023. Upon introduction, we will onboard the Presenter(s) and coordinator their involvement.
Sponsoring partners are invited to have an ad play before their presentation. Ads are due by July 31, 2023.
Video ad requirments:
We are looking to incorporate a short video that would play at the awards ceremony that you would provide us. The video is a general message about how your organization helps (Indigenous) entrepreneurs. Please see an example here for entrepreneurs more generally from UPS. We are looking for a short 20-30 sec video that is 1920x1080 in resolution in either a .mov or .mp4 video format. Please send along anything you already may have that would fit these criteria. We are NOT looking for a video ad for a specific product or service. We are looking for a culture and identity-building piece and how you support entrepreneurs.
|June 21||Application deadline|
|Aug 14||Submit award winners to sponsors|
|Aug 25||Sponsor deadline to select entrepreneurs they wish to present awards to|
|Sept 4 - 7||Sponsor presentation recordings|
|Nov 9||Digital gala airing|
PART 4 - OTHER ENTITLEMENTS
4.1. POW WOW PITCH BOX, T-SHIRTS & POWWOWMARKET.COM GIFT CARDS
Pow Wow Pitch Boxes filled with products from Pow Wow Pitch entrepreneurs are provided to sponsors. Sponsors must provide an Excel with the recipients, full mailing addresses, emails and phone numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 15, 2023.
- Co-Presenting - 25 (Mastercard and Shopify), 10 (RBC)
- Silver 5
- Seed 3
- Bespoke 1
Please be aware that in addition, all Judges will receive a Box, Mentors will receive a $25 Gift Card to PowWowMarket.com, and all in-person Judges and Mentors will receive a 2023 Pow Wow Pitch T-Shirt.
4.2. ADVISORY COUNCIL
Co-Presenting partners are entitled to have a seat on the Advisory Council. The Advisory Council will meet on:
Thursday, May 11, 2023 12 PM ET to 1 PM ET
Thursday, August 24, 2023 at 12 PM ET to 1 PM ET
Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 12 PM ET to 1 PM ET