Two upcoming events are offering Atlantic Canadian startups a chance to pitch before national or international investors and stakeholders.
Invest Atlantic is looking for East Coast startups to apply to pitch at this year’s Canadian Dream Summit, which will take place in Toronto on Feb. 19. And the Ottawa-based Rideau Hall Foundation is looking for participants for Pitch@Palace Canada, which leads to an opportunity to pitch at St. James’s Palace in London in December.
The organizers said there are no cash prizes for the competitions, and participants have to cover their own travel costs. But they highlighted the networking and mentoring opportunities that come from participating in the events.
Invest Atlantic, the annual regional conference for entrepreneurs and investors, is collaborating this year with the Canadian Dreamer Summit, a get-together in Toronto on Feb. 19 for Canadian innovation companies, investors and stakeholders. Its speakers include such luminaries as: Tanya Baker, Global Head of Goldman Sach’s GS Accelerate; Michael Denham, CEO of Business Development Bank of Canada; and Jennifer Jackson, President of Capital One Canada.
The summit includes a pitching event, and past participants included Hannah Chisholm, the founder and CEO of Antigonish, NS-based Eggcitables. The company has created a chickpea vegan egg replacement that can be used to make omelettes, scrambles, and other egg-based meals.
Anyone interested in applying needs to submit a video application by Jan. 30. You can find more information here.
The Rideau Hall Foundation, which aims to develop a more entrepreneurial culture in Canada, is organizing the Canadian portion of Pitch@Palace, a pitching event organized by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. The foundation will hold the regional round of pitching March 26 at Volta in Halifax.
Winners will move on to the Pitch@Palace Canada Boot Camp in Toronto during Canadian Innovation Week, which takes place May 21 to 31. The Canadian winner will travel to London for the event at St. James’s Palace in December.
You can find applications here.