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PIC’s Second Annual Pitch Event unlike the Usual Dragons’ Den

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Date: June 7, 2017

PIC’s Second Annual Pitch Event unlike the Usual Dragons’ Den


Last week, over 400 angel investors received videos featuring three Northeastern Ontario businesses who participated in a pitch event in April hosted by the Productivity and Innovation Center (PIC) and partner Northern Ontario Angels (NOA).

The private event, held at Collège Boréal, was well attended by regional partners, local funding representatives and community leaders including Mayor Steven Black. “Small businesses bring growth, innovation, and jobs to the community,” he says. “We’re glad to have a resource like PIC who supports these businesses and helps them accomplish their goals.”

This year, the event featured three unique companies at different stages of their businesses from across the region including Autonomous Welding Inc., an established company relocating to Timmins; Mine Safety Solutions, a new venture; and World’s Best Cream, a business looking to expand.  Unlike the typical Dragons’ Den, all three businesses were very diverse in their requests which ranged from capital investment to networking support.

“Seeing the confidence and growth of the entrepreneurs as we mentor them to be investment ready, is so rewarding.   These events open the doors for investors and funders to see face to face the incredible innovative companies we have here right in Northern Ontario.” says Kimberley Wahamaa, NOA  Consultant.

As a result of the success that came out of both pitch events, PIC will be partnering with NOA to continue the event on an annual basis.

“The success of these pitch events, has grown through our partnerships with the Innovation Centres, such as PIC across the North.  Given our geography, we videotape the pitches to share with our potential investors across North America.   Playing the role of mentors, investors and agents, NOA attracts, supports and invests in the growth of innovative companies with the potential of having global significance,” says Mary Long-Irwin, Executive Director of Northern Ontario Angels, Canada’s largest angel organization for the past four years.

PIC is part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), and is supported by FedNor, NOHFC, Timmins Economic Development Corporation, NEOnet, and other partners. For more information on the Productivity & Innovation Centre (PIC) and its initiatives please contact Ana Blouin, Project Development Manager, [email protected] or 705-269-1354.

NOA, Northern Ontario’s premiere organization for entrepreneurs and angel investors, is also part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), and is supported by the Government of Canada, FedNor, The Network of Angel Organizations – Ontario, and other partners. For more information about Northern Ontario Angels (NOA) please contact Mary Long-Irwin, Executive Director, [email protected] or 807-344-4440.

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