What is Pitch for the Purse?

You might need $1M to grow your business, or $150,000. What matters is that you want to grow your business, and need help to craft your pitch. That’s where we come in. FWE has designed Pitch for the Purse to address a key concern facing women entrepreneurs…access to capital. The program is divided into four sections designed to educate and mentor every step of the way: Pitch Training, Semi-Finals, Mentorship + Pitch Finale. This program is open to women entrepreneurs in Canada, excluding Quebec.

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Congratulations to the past Pitch for the Purse Winners!

2016/17 | Tara Bosch | SmartSweets

2017/18 | Nicole Smith | Flytographer

2018/19 | Sonia Strobel | Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery

 
 
 
 

Mid-July

Applications Open

September

Applications Close

October

Educational Offering

October

Semi-Finalists Announced

November

Semi-Finals Pitch Event

November

Finalists Announced

Feb 2020

Pitch for the Purse Finale

 

Key Dates*:

  • Application deadline | September 20, 2019

  • Semi-Finals | Toronto, ON | November 13, 2019

  • Semi-Finals | Vancouver, BC | November 21, 2019

  • Pitch for the Purse Finale | Vancouver, BC | February 20, 2020

*subject to change


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All Participants Receive:

  • Online educational offering on raising capital

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Semi-Finalists Receive:

  • Pitch coaching from an industry professional

  • Opportunity to pitch live at the Semi-Finals Pitch event in Vancouver or Toronto

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Finalists Receive:

  • Pitch coaching from an industry professional

  • One-on-one mentorship from a leader in the finance industry

  • Opportunity to pitch live at the FWE Gala in front of audience and expert judges

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Winner Receives:

$25,000 cash prize!


Apply Now! Here’s how:

Step 1: Create your 30 second pitch video and upload it to YouTube as an unlisted video

In your pitch video, please includes:

  1. Tell us about who you are, what your company is, and what you do.

  2. What problem do you solve and how is it different from the competition?

  3. How much/what are your pitching for and what will you do with it?

Important: copy the link and paste it into the first question on your application form (in step 2)!

Step 2: Complete the application form

We want to get to know you and your business. Once you’ve created your 30 second video, complete the application form online.

Application deadline: September 20, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST

 

FAQ

Who can apply to this program? . . .

This program is open to women entrepreneurs across Canada excluding Quebec (due to Quebec Gaming Commission regulations)

What goes in my 30 second pitch video? . . .

Here are the three things you’ll need to cover:

  1. Tell us about who you are, what your company is, and what you do.
  2. What problem do you solve and how is it different from the competition?
  3. How much/what are you pitching for and what will you do with it?

Don’t worry about that quality of your video – all we are looking for is your pitch. Selfies and videos from your laptop are ok!

When will I be contacted about my application form and video? . . .

All applicants will be contacted by a FWE team member by email or phone between September 27-30, 2019 indicating the next steps in the program.

When do applications close? . . .

11:59 PM PST on September 20, 2019


Questions? We’re here to help! Please email Erika Thomas, Program Manager, at erika@fwe.ca or call the office at +1 604-682-8115.


Thank you to our Pitch for Purse Sponsors!

Purse Sponsor:

 
 

National Semi-Finals Sponsor: