Startup Canada has announced three small businesses from across Canada to advance to the finals of our 2023 Startup Global Pitch Competition. These entrepreneurs will take part in the National Competition in Brampton, Ontario on October 26, 2023, where they will compete against 7 other entrepreneurs from across Canada for a $70,000 cash prize pool.
This year, Startup Canada is offering both a virtual and in-person option for Canadian entrepreneurs to take part in our annual Global Pitch Competition. The in-person “Pop-up Pitch” competitions – where each finalist took home $3,000 cash – were held in Whitehorse, Halifax, and Vancouver as a part of Startup Canada Tour, a five-stop national event series across Canada connecting entrepreneurs with the support ecosystem.
The finalists from each city include:
- Whitehorse, Yukon: Sheryl Nimigon, Operations Manager, Hinterland Flour Mill. Based in Yukon, Hinterland Flour Mill is the Yukon’s first flour mill. Family owned and operated, one of Hinterland’s driving forces is producing their grain in a local and sustainable way that reduces their carbon footprint and contributes to building a sustainable food system in Northern Canada. Video interview linked here: https://www.instagram.com/reel/Crl1lxGh3wp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MmJiY2I4NDBkZg==
- Halifax, Nova Scotia: Rashmi Prakash, CEO & Co-Founder, Aruna Revolution. Made in Nova Scotia, Aruna Revolution produces compostable menstrual pads, providing a Canadian-made and environmentally responsible menstrual product. Video interview linked here: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CsBtjnINDPA/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MmJiY2I4NDBkZg==
- Vancouver, British Columbia: Vivian Liu, Founder, mae: Making Auto Easy, the first-ever unbiased car shopping experience built for women, by women. The organization offers a guided experience – from personalized recommendations to comparison charts – to save customers time, money and stress in their car shopping journey. Video interview linked here: https://www.instagram.com/reel/CsJmqQ4uPRZ/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MmJiY2I4NDBkZg==
Seven spots are still available in the finals, with virtual applications open until May 31, 2023, at 11:59 pm (ET). You can learn more about the Startup Global Pitch Competition at https://bit.ly/2023-global-pitch.