Niagara’s entrepreneurs will have their chance to pitch their business ideas to win money and prizes that will help get their enterprise off the ground in a series of Niagara’s own pitch competitions.
This year, Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, has partnered with Niagara College and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to support these local entrepreneurs.
Competitors have a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize from Meridian Credit Union, and a basket of business services worth more than $30,000 to get their initiative started.
Previous winners included Techboomers, a website that helps older adults get to grips with technology and social media, and Dustguards, a local firm specializing in dust control solutions for construction and renovation.
“Coming back home to Niagara and creating TechBoomers has made our recent string of successes even more rewarding to me,” said Steve Black, founder and CEO of TechBoomers. “I wanted to show others that tech start-ups can flourish here just as easily as they would in Toronto or Waterloo, and that Niagara College have provided us with a great local pool of talented grads which we’re now able to hire from.”
The Meridian Ignite! series, includes Niagara College’s Pitch Perfect competition, the Startup Weekend event and the GNCC’s Ignite pitch competition.
“We’re proud to support innovation and entrepreneurship close to home in Niagara. This pitch competition series is the perfect fit with Meridian’s programs of support for small businesses.,” said Wade Stayzer, VP, Sales and Service, Meridian Credit Union. “Meridian is proud to partner with the GNCC and Niagara College to grow the next generation of entrepreneurs across Niagara.”
“Niagara College not only trains the entrepreneurs of the future, but supports them as they develop their ideas into enterprises,” said Vivian Kinnaird, NC’s dean of Business, Hospitality and Environment. “This series is a great showcase for the new ideas and fresh approaches we’ve always encouraged and nurtured.”
“These events will bring forward the best local innovators and entrepreneurs. I’m always amazed by the ideas that are pitched at these events and I look forward to the 2017 competition,” said Mishka Balsom, president and CEO, Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. “We’re enormously grateful to our partners at Meridian and Niagara College for their work supporting local innovation and entrepreneurship. That sort of support is what makes Niagara’s such a great business community.”