On June 21, 2021 from 5:00-7:00PM, the Town of Niverville and Niverville Chamber of Commerce are hosting an online selection event to award up to $5,000.00 in fellowships through the Western Canada Founder Institute’s Virtual Fall 2021 program.
The online event will see local entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of local mentors, as well as Vancouver top investors and experts from across Canada, for ratings and feedback.
“As part of its commitment to building a thriving community for entrepreneurs to live, the Town of Niverville has been looking for ways to bring opportunities like this forward,” says Eric King, CAO for the Town of Niverville. “Our partnership with the Founder Institute and Niverville Chamber of Commerce is an exciting step in this direction and we are looking forward to this unique live and interactive event.”
The live, two-hour, interactive event will allow as many participants as possible to present and receive feedback. After the event, up to five participants will be selected to receive the Founder Institute fellowships valued at $1,000.00 each. Viewers who are not presenting are also invited to watch the event.
All business entrepreneurs are invited to apply to pitch during the live event. This means anyone who wants feedback from leading entrepreneurs, anyone who has an early-stage startup and wants expert feedback, anyone who has an idea for a startup or a tech company, anyone who needs practice and expert advice on pitching.
“We anticipate the experience will be similar to the popular CBC show ‘Dragon’s Den’, where participants will face a panel of experts and investors,” says King.
“We encourage all interested entrepreneurs to apply,” says Brenda Desjardins, executive director for the Niverville Chamber of Commerce. “Sitting in the ‘hot seat’ may seem intimidating, but since the event is online, it removes some of the pressure of an in-person presentation. Plus, the community is committed to producing an atmosphere that is supportive of fresh ideas, no matter how new to the business world. It should be fun and the opportunity to connect with experts and investors is valuable, and possibly life-changing.”
Local featured experts participating in the online event include Scott Wallace, Founder of Wallace Wallace and Edward Properties and Bryan Trottier, Owner of Trotco Electric. It is the responsibility of these experts to provide feedback to participants, as well as aid in the selection of the final recipients.
As part of the Founder Institute, accepted program applicants will be enrolled in a fellowship to the Western Canada chapter of the global accelerator program. The program gives access to a global support network of over 15,000 mentors and thousands of alumni, as well as a comprehensive education and structured support program from the idea stage to the funding/growth stage. Through their global network, the Founder Institute has a $30B (USD) value of portfolio companies with over $975M (USD) collectively raised by graduates and 25,000 jobs created. They are the largest pre-seed accelerator in Canada and globally.
The Town of Niverville has enjoyed the status of being one of Manitoba’s fastest growing urban centres and within the top 20 fastest growing towns in Canada (Stats Canada, 2016 Census). Niverville is committed to fostering the growing business community in the area and is proudly offering incentives to those industrial or commercial developers looking to move and grow with its community.
The Niverville Chamber of Commerce exists to encourage sustainable economic development through advocacy for and support of local business. The group is committed to the enhancement of economic prosperity in Niverville and the surrounding area. They take pride in our activities and special events that are designed to improve business and residential life in Niverville and area.
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