SOAR kihiw paskîyâkêwin INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION

Awarding $30k to local Indigenous entrepreneurs growing their business

 

 

 

 

 

SREDA’s SOAR kihiw paskîyâkêwin Indigenous Entrepreneurship Competition, presented by PIC Group, awards a total of $30,000 cash to promising Indigenous businesses ready to grow.

2023 Applications are now closed.

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Eligibility

  • Business located in the Saskatoon Region
  • At least 51% Indigenous-owned
  • Independently owned, operated and created by the entrepreneur
  • Age 18+
  • 1 – 10 employees
  • Business must be in operation for 2 years or more
  • Must meet or be in the process of meeting all regulatory requirements by law
  • Proof of Ancestry is required
  • Businesses that have received cash prizes from the SOAR program in the past, are not eligible.

Program Details

1. Application Round
2023 applications are closed.

2. How to Pitch Session

The top 15 entrepreneurs chosen from the application round will have the opportunity to attend a ‘How to Pitch’ session on March 10, 2023 to fine-tune their business pitches in preparation for the Semi-Finalist Pitch Round.

3. Semi-Finalist Pitch Round

The top 15 entrepreneurs will participate in a pitch round on March 16, 2023. Participants will have 15 minutes to pitch to a panel of business experts, who will then determine if they move to the final round.

4. Finalist Practice Pitch

The top five entrepreneurs will participate in a pitch practice and coaching session on March 30, 2023 to help sharpen their business pitch for the finale.

3. Finale Pitch

The top five entrepreneurs will pitch their business to a panel of judges at the SOAR kihiw paskîyâkêwin Indigenous Entrepreneurship Competition Finale on April 13. The judges will then choose which entrepreneur(s) are awarded the cash prize.

Important Dates

Applications Open – February 9, 2023

Applications Close – February 28, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Top 15 How to Pitch Session – March 10, 2023 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Top 15 Pitches – March 16, 2023

Top 5 Pitch Practice – March 30, 2023 from 5 p.m. – 7p.m.

Top 5 Finale Pitch Competition – April 13, 2023

PAST WINNERS


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Milton Tootoosis

Chief Economic Reconciliation Officer

Business in Saskatoon

Saskatoon’s mix of economic diversity, low business costs and high quality of life make it the perfect place for businesses and people to thrive.

Key Industries

Saskatoon is home to the natural resources that feed, fuel and fertilize the world, as well as the innovations that surround these industries.