Pitching News

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.”

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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!”