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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 April 3, 2023



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 keely@powwowpitch.org with any content by the dates below. 

eNewsletter Content Deadline eNewsletter Release Date
April 27, 2023May 4, 2023
June 1, 2023June 8, 2023
June 29, 2023July 18, 2023
July 27, 2023Aug 3, 2023
Aug 31, 2023Sept 7, 2023
Sept 28, 2023Oct 5, 2023
Oct 26, 2023Nov 2, 2023
Nov 30, 2023Dec 7, 2023
Feb 1, 2024Feb 8, 2024
Feb 29, 2024March 8, 2024



Please check out our Partners Page and confirm your logo is correct. If you are a new partner, please email your logo, brand guidelines, website link, social media links and boilerplate to victoria@powwowpitch.org by April 10, 2023.


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 victoria@powwowpitch.org by April 13, 2023. 

PartnerAction Requested
AritziaDirection required.
BDCDirection required.
Best BuyDirection required.
Canada PostDirection required.
CIRADirection required.
EDCDirection required.
FuturpreneurDirection required.
ITACDirection required.
MastercardDirection required.
MitacsDirection required.
MNPDirection required.
NACCADirection required.
NAFCDirection required.
Rakuten AdvertisingDirection required.
Raven CapitalDirection required.
Sklar Wilton & AssociatesDirection required.
ShopifyDirection required.


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 victoria@powwowpitch.org.

Tues, April 18ShopifyFri, May 5WEKH
Wed, April 19MastercardMon, May 8Aritzia
Thurs, April 20RBCTues, May 9Best Buy
Fri, Apr 21NAFCWed, May 10Meta
Mon, Apr 24Raven CapitalThurs, May 11Rakuten
Wed, Apr 26MNPMon, May 15ITAC
Thurs, Apr 27Sklar WiltonWed, May 17CIRA
Fri, Apr 28 MitacsThurs, May 18Futurpreneur
Tues, May 2Canada PostFri, May 19Jelly Academy
Wed, May 3NACCA
Thurs, May 4EDC


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.


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.

Judge Registration  | Judge Briefing (Deadline June 23, 2023) 

Mentor Registration | Mentor Briefing (Deadline June 23, 2023) 


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.

CategoryJudge Tech ChecksRecording DateAiring Date Judges
Not-for-profitJuly 26 - 27Aug 14, 12:00 - 2:30 PM ETSept 4 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting
TourismJuly 26 - 27Aug 14, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ETSept 5 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting + ITAC
Knowledge ServicesJuly 26 - 27Aug 15, 12:00 - 2:30 PM ETSept 6 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting
Consumer Products & RetailJuly 26 - 27Aug 15, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ETSept 7 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting
Health & WellnessJuly 26 - 27Aug 16, 12:00 - 2:30 PM ETSept 8 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting
Professional Services & TradesJuly 26 - 27Aug 16, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ETSept 11 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting
Food & DrinkJuly 26 - 27Aug 17, 12:00 - 2:30 PM ETSept 12 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting
CreativeJuly 26 - 27Aug 17, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ETSept 13 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting
YouthJuly 26 - 27Aug 17, 6:00 - 8:30 PM ETSept 14 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting + Best Buy
TechJuly 26 - 27Aug 18 12:00 - 2:30 PM ETSept 15 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting
FashionJuly 26 - 27Aug 18, 3:00 - 5:30 PM ETSept 15 - 7:00 PM ETCo-Presenting + Aritzia
FinaleSep 19 - 20Sept 17, 12:00 - 4:00 PM ETOct 19 - 6:00 PM ETCo-Presenting


  • 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

Sponsor entitlements

  • 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


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.


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.


 Sponsor entitlements

  • 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

Date (Tentative)EventLocationNotes
Apr 29, 2023Gathering of NationsAlbuquerque, New MexicoVendor table pitches
May 20, 2023Manito AhbeeWinnipeg, ManitobaFull event
June 24, 2023Summer Solstice Indigenous FestivalOttawa, OntarioFull event
Aug 5 & 6, 2023KamloopaKamloops, British ColumbiaFull event
Aug 26, 2023Wabanaki PowwowFredericton, New BrunswickFull event
Oct 18 & 19, 2023Mana UpHawaiiFull event


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 victoria@powwowpitch.org 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.

Awards TimelineEvent
April 17Launch
June 21Application deadline
Aug 4Submit award winners to sponsors
Aug 11Sponsor deadline to select entrepreneurs they wish to present awards to
Sept 4 - 7Sponsor presentation recordings
Nov 9Digital gala airing



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 victoria@powwowpitch.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.


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