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Green Entrepreneurship Fund

$70 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 2 months
Created November 14, 2018
On February 26th, The Eco Market will be launching a pitch competition, in collaboration with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre and Social Enterprise Southwest, for green entrepreneurs across Canada (priority to local businesses), happening at the Kitchener Public Library. In the Kitchener-Waterloo region, there is currently a gap for entrepreneurship support to green and social enterprises that are operating outside of the tech space and founded by a non-local university or college graduate. In contrast, we have a flourishing community of green entrepreneurs in the region that we feel strongly is being under-supported. This pitch night, which we hope to make an annual event, and The Eco Market in general, is focused on filling this gap and offering meaningful support, including in the form of mentorship and funding.

We’re asking for our community’s support for our pitch night. The funds raised will go to the first, second and third prize winners for our pitch competition. Each of our finalists will have the opportunity to get one-on-one pitch coaching from the Kitchener Small Business Centre. We hope that this pitch night can help fill some of the gaps we see in our community and we hope our community values our green business community enough to donate to our go-fund-me page. We are tremendously grateful to have your support.

Applications for the pitch competition are now open! Find all the details here: https://www.theecomarket.org/pitch-competition/

Dates:
-January 7th, 6-8 pm business canvas building session at the Kitchener Small Business Centre at City Hall (optional). Email us at info@theecomarket.org to let us know you’ll be there.
-January 14th, application deadline.
-January 21st, finalists will be announced.
-February 5th, finalist one-on-one pitch training, times will be decided with your mentors.
-February 19th, 6-8 pm, finalist group pitch training at the Kitchener Small Business Centre at City Hall.
-February 27th, 5:30-8:30 pm, public pitch night at the Kitchener Public Library.  Stay tuned, we'll be launching an eventbrite page for attendee tickets, which will be another way we'll be raising money for our pitch finalists.

Note, in addition to offering support via funding, we also have launched an online community; a place for Canadians to connect about green entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainability, and for entrepreneurs to access free mentorship (at our mentor corner). Please join our online community and share the work we’re doing with your network. Learn more about The Eco Market Forums here: http://theecomarketforums.org/


About The Eco Market:

The Eco Market is an organization dedicated to supporting and showcasing Canadian green innovation, entrepreneurship, and community action. We have community building events every month, ranging from green networking events to large speaker showcases, and a highly curated annual conference every April. Learn more about us at www.theecomarket.org
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$70 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 2 months
Created November 14, 2018
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