Pow Wow Pitch returns to Kamloopa Powwow for a third-year

Pow Wow Pitch returns to Kamloopa Powwow for a third-year

Pow Wow Pitch, an Indigenous-led non-profit organization that empowers and supports Indigenous entrepreneurs with access to capital, mentorship, training and support, presented in partnership with RBC, Shopify, and Mastercard Canada, announced its collaboration with the Kamloopa Powwow Society, with local partners CFDC of CIFN and ANTCO, taking place in Secwepemcúl’ecw Territory, Kamloops, British Columbia on June 28 and 29, 2024. 

Charles Kruger, Kruger Mountain Gear, wins 2023 Kamloopa Pow Wow Pitch

Charles Kruger, Kruger Mountain Gear, wins 2023 Kamloopa Pow Wow Pitch

The winning business, Kruger Mountain Gear, is a local outdoors brand that is making a name for itself through their unique elk call tool, patented as ‘Okanagan Elk Battle Tubes’ & ‘Arrow Lakes Elk Battle Tubes.’ As part of the pitch, Charles spoke passionately about his strides in local elk conservation as well as traditional hunting practices he uses in hunting knowledge sharing. “This Pow Wow Pitch was a super experience,” said First-Place Winner Charles Kruger, Founder of Kruger Mountain Gear. “I came back to try it again (for a second attempt) and it gave me a chance to grow and sharpen my skills and speak from my heart. Pow Wow Pitch makes people feel comfortable and welcome. It was a great experience.”

Jason Lizotte, Nipiy Industries, wins Kamloopa Semi-Final

Jason Lizotte, Nipiy Industries, wins Kamloopa Semi-Final

On July 30, 2022, Pow Wow Pitch, North America’s premier pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs, presented in partnership with RBC, Shopify, Meta and Mastercard, announced Jason Lizotte, the Paddle Prairie Métis Owner and Founder of Nipiy Industries from Grand Prairie, Alberta, as the 2022 Pow Wow Pitch Kamloopa Winner. Jason has won $5,000 and is advancing to the Finals for a chance to win $25,000 to grow his business.