$5,000 1st Prize + Gold Ticket to Pitch at Grand Finale
$2,500 2nd Prize
$1,000 3rd Prize
$500 Youth Prize
$500 Fan Favourite

Where and When:

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival
Mādahòki Farm
4420 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON
June 22, 2024 | Starting at 9 AM
On site at Storytelling Stage

*Note that parking is unavailable on site and that shuttles are available from Algonquin College. Taxis and Ubers are also recommended. Visit the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival website to learn more.

Do you run a business or have a business idea?

Are you going to the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival in Ottawa, Ontario on June 22nd?

Pre-Register Now to Pitch to WIN!

Join us live at the Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival in Ottawa, Ontario, on June 22, 2024, and share your 1-minute business pitch to win cash prizes and the entire community's support!

Who qualifies?

Any Indigenous person with a business idea or a business of any type and in any industry can pitch for a chance to win cash prizes and gain a community of support.

All contestants get: 

  • Immediate entrance into the Turtle Island Pow Wow Pitch competition.
  • Free access to the Indigenous Startup Program.
  • A free .CA domain name.
  • The opportunity to be featured on Pow Wow Market.
  • The opportunity to be featured in the 2024 Pow Wow Pitch Box.

Pow Wow Pitch Schedule

9:00 - 9:45 AM Register at the Pow Wow Pitch Tent 

Sign in at the Pow Wow Pitch Tent at the Storytelling Stage and get your nametag and number.

10:00 - 11:00  AM - First Round Pitch

Pitch for 1-minute to the judges.

1:00 - 1:10 PM - Top 10 Announcement 

After Grand Entry, we take 10 minutes to announce the Top 10 and pair them with mentors to prepare for the Final Pitch.

1:30 - 2:30 PM - Mentorship

Recieve feedback on your pitch with a mentor here to support you.

3:00 - 3:45 PM - Top 10 Pitch to Judges

The Top 10 will take the stage with the final 2-Minute Pitch followed by 2-minutes of Q&A with the Judges in front of the audience.

4:30 - 4:45 PM - Winner Announcements and Fan Favourite Voting

Pow Wow Pitch announces the Summer Solstice Pow Wow Pitch Winners and Fan Favourite! Make sure you have your friends and family there to cheer you on!


How to Participate:

STEP 1 - Complete the pre-entry form.
STEP 2 - Arrive to Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival at 9:00 AM to register at the Pow Wow Pitch tent.

STEP 3 - Meet at the Storytelling Stage at 9:45 AM for role call.
STEP 4 - Present your 1-Minute Pitch.
STEP 5 - Come back to the Storytelling Stage at 1:00 PM to find out if you made it to the Top 10. 

When you pre-register, we will send you all of the details. 

What to Include in Your 1-Minute Pitch:

  • Introduce yourself and where you are from.
  • Tell us the name of your business and what you want to sell or already sell.
  • Tell us how you would use $25,000 to take your idea or business to the next level.
  • BONUS: Tell us why you want to do this? Who is part of your team? Your traction to date? Your vision for the future?

How your Pitch is scored:

/5 PRESENTATION - Has the entrepreneur communicated their product/service, value proposition and a pathway to sustainability and success?
/5 EXECUTION - Has the entrepreneur convinced the judges that they will follow through with their business goals?

/5 MOTIVATION - Has the entrepreneur clearly communicated how they will use the money to start or take that next step?
/5 COMMUNITY IMPACT - Has the entrepreneur outlined how their initiative will create a positive impact on their community?


If you have any questions, email