CIRA and Pow Wow Pitch Extend Partnership to Empower Indigenous Entrepreneurs with Digital Access

CIRA and Pow Wow Pitch Extend Partnership to Empower Indigenous Entrepreneurs with Digital Access

CIRA, the not-for-profit behind building a trusted internet in Canada, is proud to announce the extension of its partnership with Pow Wow Pitch, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs. This collaboration aims to provide Indigenous entrepreneurs with vital digital access, mentorship, and resources to thrive in the online business landscape.

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Pow Wow Pitch expands strategic collaboration with Sklar Wilton & Associates to shape five-year strategy for Indigenous entrepreneurship

Pow Wow Pitch expands strategic collaboration with Sklar Wilton & Associates to shape five-year strategy for Indigenous entrepreneurship

Pow Wow Pitch, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs, proudly announces the expansion of its  partnership with Sklar Wilton & Associates. Pow Wow Pitch and Sklar Wilton & Associates are working together to co-create a comprehensive five-year strategy aimed at fostering sustainable Indigenous entrepreneurship through Pow Wow Pitch. 

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Pow Wow Pitch Welcomes Inaugural Board of Directors

Pow Wow Pitch Welcomes Inaugural Board of Directors

Pow Wow Pitch announces the appointment of its inaugural Board of Directors. The formation of this esteemed board marks a significant milestone in Pow Wow Pitch’s journey to support and fund early-stage Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island.

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Pow Wow Pitch Welcomes Naomi Sarazin as Executive Director

Pow Wow Pitch Welcomes Naomi Sarazin as Executive Director

Pow Wow Pitch proudly announces the appointment of Naomi Sarazin as its inaugural Executive Director. With her deep-rooted commitment to Indigenous culture, extensive experience in education and non-profit sectors, and a strategic vision for growth and impact, Sarazin is set to lead Pow Wow Pitch into a new era of success.

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Eight Indigenous entrepreneurial leaders recognized for outstanding achievements and impact

Eight Indigenous entrepreneurial leaders recognized for outstanding achievements and impact

On November 9, 2023, Pow Wow Pitch, a non-profit organization supporting and celebrating Indigenous entrepreneurs, announced eight Award Winners from across Turtle Island at the 3nd Annual Indigenous Entrepreneur Awards, co-presented by RBC, Shopify, and Mastercard in partnership with Export Development Canada and the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. 

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Puna Tripp, Hā Tonics, wins 2023 Mana Up Pow Wow Pitch

Puna Tripp, Hā Tonics, wins 2023 Mana Up Pow Wow Pitch

On Wednesday, November 8th, 2023, Pow Wow Pitch, North America’s premier pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs, presented in partnership with RBC, Shopify, and Mastercard, announced Puna Tripp, the Kanaka Maoli Founder of Hā Tonics, from Kailua, as the first-ever 2023 Mana Up Pow Wow Pitch Winner. The Native Hawaiian-owned business has won 5,000 USD and is advancing to the 2024 Pow Wow Pitch Finals for a chance to win $25,000.

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Michelle Bernier wins RBC Entrepreneurial Icon Award

Michelle Bernier wins RBC Entrepreneurial Icon Award

“I stand before you today deeply humbled and grateful to receive this award,” said Michelle. “I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the incredible team at Northern Nursing Solutions, their dedication is the driving force behind our mission success. I am also indebted to my family and community, whose unwavering support and encouragement have been my pillars of strength throughout this journey.”

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Terry Brown wins RBC Rising Star Award

Terry Brown wins RBC Rising Star Award

“I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Pow Wow Pitch organizers, sponsors, and my family for believing in me,” said Terry. “Eight years ago I embraced entrepreneurship, seeking autonomy and ownership after a decade of building entities for others. The arrival of my daughter became my greatest inspiration to create a greater future for her and other generations to come. None of this would be possible without my incredible team at Okimaw Community and HR Solutions, their dedication and hard work have been the driving force behind our success.”

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