Through Pow Wow Pitch, Indigenous vendors, artists and entrepreneurs from Canada and the United States can pitch their businesses and business ideas virtually and live at pow wows and Indigenous festivals for their chance to join the Pow Wow Pitch Accelerator program and win more than $200,000 in cash prizes.
Applications and nominations close on June 21, 2022. Winners will be announced and celebrated during a digitally broadcast awards presentation on November 3, 2022. In addition to the title, Winners receive a unique hand-crafted silver pin by Sapling & Flint, and a plaque encased with a limited edition signed print of ‘Red Rising,’ a beautiful art piece created by award-winning Indigenous artist Patrick Hunter.
“We are proud to partner for a second year with EDC as we scale Pow Wow Pitch internationally while growing the global ambitions of early-stage Indigenous entrepreneurs here in Canada,” said Sunshine Tenasco, the Founder of Pow Wow Pitch. “Our shared activities and research will help Indigenous entrepreneurs deepen their community roots while growing their impact globally through the development of the Indigenous economy and Indigenous-to-Indigenous global trade.”
RBC Vice President Commercial Markets, Winnipeg, Aaron Martyniw will join the Pow Wow Pitch Advisory Board and support Pow Wow Pitch by providing webinars, engaging its employees as mentors, adjudicating the pitch competition, and contributing prize dollars for winning entrepreneurs.