This year we celebrated our first ever pitch competition where 10 exceptional women entrepreneurs pitched their businesses with confidence, passion and skill to a panel of 5 highly esteemed judges.
In the end the judges had the challenging task of deliberating and choosing the first, second and third place recipients who won $10k, $7k and $3k respectively.
We want to thank our finalists, our judges, our selection committee, our pitch coaches, our sponsors (BDC, Voltage, NoIssue) and our audience for making our first ever pitch competition a memorable day of celebration.
Meet Carla Smith - Co-Founder of Rolla Skate Club
First Place $10k Funding Recipient
Who is Carla Smith?
Being active has been Carla’s passion since her days of ballet and field hockey as a child. “At University I tried out for the rowing team on a whim. Turns out I loved the camaraderie of the team, and how we had to overcome our physical barriers every single day at practice, together.” But eventually a serious back injury and demanding course load in architecture school meant the end of rowing.
Jump ahead to living in Boston in her twenties. Carla saw a flyer for the Team In Training running charity. “I like a challenge…” she thought, and (not a natural runner) soon found herself training for a marathon, just to see if she could. “Along the way I fell in with a kick-ass group of like-minded women who were also trying something new. Hundreds of hours pounding the pavement meant we got to know each other very well!”
Next stop: Vancouver. New to the city and looking to connect and continue to challenge herself, Carla found the Terminal City Rollergirls in 2007. A decade-plus later, she’s still coaching and playing the sport. She even gave up an award-winning career as an architect to focus on fitness training for derby athletes. “I’m obviously drawn to the team aspect of sports. The bonds between friends are always strongest when you’ve had to overcome physical and mental challenges together. Roller Derby has never stopped challenging me, and it has forged a community of confident, inspiring women who are family to me. I’ve made the friendships of a lifetime.”
What Does Being Selected as a Funding Recipient Mean to You, Carla?
Meet Lucy Cullen - Founder of EarthPup
Second Place $7k Funding Recipient
Who is Lucy Cullen?
What Does Being Selected as a Funding Recipient Mean to You, Lucy?
"This funding means we can get new printed packaging for our products and do our first production run with a manufacturer! We are so excited about this, because it opens up the opportunity for us to start selling to bigger retailers, new markets like Quebec and ultimately increase our impact in addressing the food waste problem in Canada. We are so grateful for this funding from Founders Fund and can't wait to get EarthPup to the next level!"
Meet Rachel Nicks - Founder of Birth Queen
Third Place $3k Funding Recipient
Who is Rachel Nicks?
What Does Being Selected as a Funding Recipient Mean to You, Rachel?
"This funding provides me validation of hope of more to come. I just launched in March 2021 and it proves that others believe in my work as much as I do. This funding will enrich a birth experience and protect and save lives."
This has been our list of our exceptional funding recipients
Congratulations to our 3 funding recipients who will also be taking home goodies from our sponsors Noissue and Voltage New Media.