SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 

2020 POW WOW PITCH

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

Ottawa, ON – September 24, 2020 | Today, Pow Wow Pitch, Canada’s premier pitch competition for emerging Indigenous entrepreneurs, announced it’s top 100 Semi-Finalists selected to pitch next week at the 2020 Pow Wow Pitch National Semi-Finals, presented by RBC with the support of Shopify, Canada Post, BDC, and NACCA

According to a recent study by RBC, Canada’s Indigenous economy is worth $30 billion and is expected to triple in size over the next five years to more than $125 billion by 2025. The study reports the number of Indigenous business owners growing at five times the rate of self-employed Canadians, with Indigenous women starting businesses at twice the rate of non-Indigenous women. Supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs is more important than ever before.

Pow Wow Pitch Semi-Finalists from across Canada are matched with mentors, gain access to support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous acceleration and growth partners, and have a chance to pitch for non-repayable seed funding to get their new businesses off the ground.

Announcing the 2020 Semi-Finalists

ADAM NEPON

AILEEN BROOKE BRANDON

ALEX STARBLANKET

ALEXANDRIA BIPATNATH

AMBER BELANGER

AMY MILLER

ANDREA BENNETT

APRIL MITCHELL BOUDREAU

APRIL MOOSOMIN

ASHLEY MACDONALD

BERNICE CLARKE

CARL ARCHIE

CAROLE WHITEDUCK

CASS SPENCE

CHARLENE SANJENKO

CHARMAINE JOE

CHARMAINE STARCHIEF

CHEYENNE ISAAC GLOADE

CHRISTIAN EMOND

COLLEEN NOLAN

CONNOR MARTIN

CRYSTAL SEMAGANIS

CYNTHIA BELL

DALE STONEHOUSE 

DALLAS COURCHENE

DALLAS POOTLASS

DARIAN SAMPARE

DAVID SEGERTS

DAWN WILSON

DAYNA DESJARDINE

DUSTY LEGRANDE

EDIE ASSINEWE

ELLIOTT CORSTON-PINE

ERICA DANIELS

GAVIN DECONTIE

HOLLY SMITH

JACOB CRANE

JAMIE MEDICINE CRANE

JANESSA BREAULT

JEFF BRANT

JESSE BENJAMIN

JESSE STECKLEY

JILLIAN SUTHERLAND

JODY MARTIN

JODY WHITEDUCK

JOEL ENGLISH DUBOIS

JOEL MARRIOTT

JOELY BIGEAGLE

JOHN SU

JOHNNY HAWKE

JOSEE SUNDAY

JULIE BULL

KAREN CARRIERE

KAREN MACAULAY

KAYLA STRIDE

KEENAN BEAVIS

KELLIE WUTTUNEE

KELLY SNACHE

KERI GRAY

KIAWENTONTEH SWAMP

LANCE WHITFORD

LAYTEN BYHETTE

LEIGH JOSEPH

LEILANI SHAW

LEONA SKYE GRANMOND

LYNN MARIE ANGUS

MANDY MORAES

MARIAH SMITH CHABOT

MEAGAN BYRNE

MEGANE PAUL ST.JACQUES

MIKE SCOTT

MIRANDA VOTH

MITCH GEGWETCH

MYA BEAUDRY

NATASHA ENDAAYAN

NATASHA PATLES

NIKITA WAWATIE

PAIGE POLCHES

PAM DEVONSHIRE

PETER WHITE*

RANDELL MARTELL

REID COUTURE

SALENA STARLING

SAM ELIJAH

SEASON KIRKWOOD

SELENA ARCAND

SHANNON TENASCON

SONYA BALLANTYNE

STEPHANIE PANGOWISH

TASHA POWER

TAWNYA BRANT

TESLER MOSQUITO

TONYA LEAH WATTS

TRESSA LUSTY (NIITAIKOKOMI)

TREVER ANDREW*

TRISHA GARDEPY

TYRA MOSES

VIOLET DUNCAN

WAYNE MACKENZIE

WHITNEY ALPHONSE

ZECHARIAH JAMES

“Pow Wow Pitch is committed to shining a spotlight on Canada’s Indigenous entrepreneurs and emerging business leaders, broadcasting digitally across Canada,” said Sunshine Tenasco, Founder and CEO of the Pow Wow Pitch. “Each Semi-Finalist embodies the spirit, resilience and creativity of Indigenous entrepreneurship. Each entrepreneur is committed to creating a better tomorrow through their products and services.”

Ready, set, pitch!

From September 28 to October 2, each day from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET, Semi-Finalists will go head to head, pitching to panels of esteemed judges, for a place in the Pow Wow Pitch Final Showdown. Twenty-five entrepreneurs will move on to the National Finals, with special recognition and prizes for regional winners from each province and territory.

Join the 2020 Pow Wow Pitch Semi-Finals live through the Pow Wow Pitch Facebook Page and participate using #PowWowPitch.

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/.

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