Tapiwa Rabwi – ShovelEn

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Tapiwa is a fourth year student at Enactus Saint Mary’s who took the Pitch101 program with his Enactus team last year. He has successfully been running his business, ShovelEn, for over a year now.

“The company was started after assessing that the was a huge professionalism disconnect between those who provided services and who needed services for their homes provided. My company is focused mostly on the small freelance trades people that have vast skill sets but the main one they lack is actually getting the contracts from the clients and then keeping up with the business administration. ShovelEn goes out and secures the contracts and jobs for the trades persons so they can focus on just doing the job. The main focus is that we run an environmentally conscious property maintenanctr-headshote company that helps fill the gap between major contractors and and the plumber next door. We hep by providing the vendors who use our uber like model to bid for jobs a hand up not a hand out by providing this opportunity for them.

From my experience at Picth101 i was able to develop my value proposition and get some very needed insight into how investors look at companies and that a clear vision for the company was essential.”

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Hannah Stegen – Juice From the Roots

Hannah took the Pitch101 competition hs-headshotat Mount Allison University in the Spring of 2015. Her business was a locally sourced juice company called Juice From the Roots. Here is how the Pitch101 program benefited her.

“Before this event I had never given a pitch in a competition or to potential investors. Through Pitch101 I was given this opportunity, as well as a very useful day of training on how to make an impactful and successful pitch. A minute is not a long amount of time, but we were taught how to include exactly the right information to hook in investors and give them enough information to spark their interests. One thing I really appreciated about the event is the panel of judges was made up of business professionals from several fields and they all provided very constructive feedback to further help me improve my pitch.

The skills I have taken away from my experience with Pitch101 have been very valuable and I use them in my everyday life. Specifically, I constantly find myself referring back to a key piece of advice given: Keep It Simple Stupid. Also, from the skills I gained I have continued on to deliver successful pitches and even win at another pitch competition. At the event, I became very close friends with other entrepreneurs who I still keep in contact with to share ideas and help grow our businesses. I am grateful for the opportunity and support given by Pitch101 and I recommend any entrepreneur at any stage of their business to participate.”

Tristan Pellettier – Re/Max Hallmark Realty

tp-headshotTristan Pellettier is a real estate agent that served in the military for 9 years before retiring to Ottawa. It was after his service that he participated in the Pitch101 program through POE, a project sponsored by Prince’s Charities Canada and Enactus Dalhousie. Here is what he has to say about the program:

“During my career, I was always passionate about Real Estate. Every hard earned dollar I made in the military, I swore to make it worthwhile for the rest of my life. I’m proud to say I’ve acquired four properties in the Ottawa area. Since I’ve always enjoyed serving others, I can now serve those who would like to buy/sell their homes in the Ottawa Area. I’ve also joined an organization called VETS Canada. Our goal is to helps homeless Veterans get back on their feet, by pointing them in the right direction for available programs, if they decide to do so.

For me, Pitch 101 was great. It was interesting to see myself fail the first time I [presented] because I’m usually a confident public speaker (this was before our lesson). But when the instructor, Bob, asked me to go for it, all of my ideas, and what I wanted to say, was all over the place.

Once we had the lesson, I can say with confidence, that my performance the second time around was drastically better. I do refer back to my notes from POE Pitch 101 lesson, in order to get myself refreshed on what I’d like to deliver as a message to potential clients. In my world, everyone I meet can be a potential client. When people ask me about the market, I need to deliver my points in a professional matter, my window of opportunity is minimal, considering there are about 3,000 agents in Ottawa.”

Tobi Babalola – Security Gaze

Tobi Babalola is the visionary leader behind tb-headshotSecurity Gaze, an app that allows users to report crimes and view crime locations via GPS and geolocation. With Security Gaze, people will have the tools to share information about concerning behaviours and report safety hazards directly to the police force. Security Gaze’s goal with this app is to create is a meaningful way for the community to be proactive and work hand in hand with the law enforcement. It’s scheduled to be launched in August, 2016.

“I enrolled in pitch 101 in 2014, at Cape Breton University. I decided to go through the Pitch101 program, because I felt it presented me with the unique opportunity to share and pitch my business idea to fellow upcoming and experienced entrepreneurs who share the same passion for the startup world.

The most important thing Pitch101 has taught me is that investors are more interested in the entrepreneur than the product I was presenting. An entrepreneur’s ability to weather the storms will determine whether or not a startup succeeds.

I believe learning how to pitch a business idea is extremely valuable, improving your presentation skills is something that won’t only benefit you in the business world but also in your day to day activity. Pitch101 helped me get out of that ‘shy-shell’. I would definitely recommend Pitch101 to aspiring entrepreneurs.”

Emily Bland – Project Sucseed – Enactus Memorial

eb-headshotEmpowering others begins with strong, visioned individuals – Emily Bland is all that and more. By educating and employing at risk and homeless youth to create inexpensive hydroponics systems, Emily has been able to influence change in the way society consumes food. Emily was kind enough to share her inspiring project ‘Sucseed’ and how Pitch101 helped in its development:

“I went through the Pitch101 program in St. John’s, NL. The idea that I pitched was Project ‘Sucseed’, a project that today is run through a volunteer group called Enactus Memorial. ‘Sucseed’ employs at risk and homeless youth to build hydroponic systems made of environmentally friendly material. These systems are then sold to classrooms with an educational session, start-up co-operatives in northern rural communities, the general public and community groups like food banks and retirement homes. These systems cost less than $2 a week to operate, use 90% less water then traditional agriculture and can fit in the corner of your home.

Pitch 101 taught me the importance of learning to communicate ideas in a concise way and the importance of being confident in your idea. It isn’t every day that you have the opportunity to speak in front of top capital investors and have them provide you with feedback. Pitch 101 is helping to build a generation of more confident entrepreneurs.”

Lisa Walsh – Indigena Skin Care

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Lisa Walsh is the owner and founder of Indigena Skincare located in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. Indigena uses botanical plant species that have the highest antioxidants of their kind on the planet to produce high-end skincare products that will provide users with clear, calm skin no matter the user’s age. After being through the Pitch101 program twice, here is what Lisa has to say about Pitch101:

“I have done some other training on pitching I preferred Pitch101’s teaching style and group work; it makes it all more human and fun. It did help me develop my pitch style by learning through other “pitchers”.

I find that Pitch101 is extremely useful as it presents a more confident, competent entrepreneur. The more you pitch the better you get at presenting yourself clearly and briefly. No one has time to listen to a pitch for too long, which is why I believe that Pitch101 is a valuable tool for all aspiring entrepreneurs!”

Bridget Stevens – Enactus St. Mary’s

Bridget Stevens – a dedicated, hardworking, bs-headshot
high achieving Enactus St. Mary’s Student who has used Pitch101 skills to help score jobs, shares her experience of going through the program and what the program has been able to do for her:

“Pitch101 delivered a session specifically tailored for Enactus Saint Mary’s students in the month of May 2016 just before leaving for our National Exposition, and it was amazing to see people applying these skills immediately while networking and interviewing. As an entrepreneurship program, pitching is key to advancing projects, businesses and ideas, so the information Pitch101 taught us was invaluable. The Pitch101 session helped directly shape the professional pitch deck we used to pitch a social enterprise to McCain Foods Inc.

Recently, during an interview I was required to pitch how my idea would improve the organization. After participating in Pitch101, pitching skills came very naturally to me and I was able to use the step-by-step process to ensure an effective pitch. I guess it was effective enough, since I got the position!”