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
AILEEN BROOKE BRANDON
APRIL MITCHELL BOUDREAU
CHEYENNE ISAAC GLOADE
JAMIE MEDICINE CRANE
JOEL ENGLISH DUBOIS
LEONA SKYE GRANMOND
LYNN MARIE ANGUS
MARIAH SMITH CHABOT
MEGANE PAUL ST.JACQUES
TONYA LEAH WATTS
TRESSA LUSTY (NIITAIKOKOMI)
“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.
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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