Conference April 14, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Free and open to all
Learn more about raising funds and rising as an entrepreneur. Register to hear from empowering speakers:
Shahrzad Rafati, CEO & Chair, BBTV
Teena Gupta, Co-Founder, Nurse Next Door & Co-Founder & CEO, Rosemary Rocksalt
Judy Brooks, Advisor, Business & Community Leader
Jessica Bruder, Award-winning journalist
Pitch Competition Finals April 15, 6:15 am - 8 am Upon Invitation Only
Companies from all industries that meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply!
The pitch competition is open to BC-based Pre-seed to Series A women-led or women-owned technology & Innovation businesses seeking venture investment. The pitch finale will be hosted virtually, by-invitation-only on April 15. Six finalists will compete for the Grand Prize in front of the panel of expert judges, including the following successful entrepreneurs and business executives. Submissions are open now and will close on March 31.
Submit your pitch online by March 31 for a chance to make it to the finals and compete for a minimum $25,000 cash investment from Disruption Ventures, along with a suite of participating partner services.
All six finalists will be awarded a Finalist Prize Package consisting of:
A series of three interactive workshops (75 minutes) facilitated by The Scotiabank Women Initiative in partnership with Scotiabank and Roynat Capital
A 90-minute training session with Marc Shewchun (Founder and head of Nitro Powered by Blakes)
Three roundtable discussions (90 minutes each) from BDO on topics of interest to start-ups such as SRED, Tax, and Valuations
"Raising capital is one of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs generally, and particularly for women entrepreneurs," says Elaine Kunda, founder and managing partner of Disruption Ventures. "It is our goal to provide a platform that provides useful fundraising tactics as well as to bring exposure to potential investors for the companies that participate in our competition."
To increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the Okanagan
We do this in two ways:
1. Helping to develop and support a vibrant entrepreneurial, creative and innovative technology community.
Our community ranges from students and aspiring entrepreneurs to startups and early stage companies; as well as established technology companies and the wide range of service providers who are critical to our industry
Our objective is to encourage people to start and grow technology companies!
2. Offering programs that support entrepreneurs and technology companies looking to start, accelerate and grow.
These programs combine elements such as needs assessments, hands on coaching, mentorship, and access to world class expertise - including connections provincially, nationally and internationally.
Our objective is to help entrepreneurs and companies accelerate their growth and maximize their opportunity