On November 3rd, 2018, in partnership with the Wood Buffalo Regional Innovation Network and Youth Computing, we hosted the first annual Launch Wood Buffalo entrepreneurship conference at Keyano College. The full day event included speakers, workshops and panel discussions and concluded with a community pitch competition with a chance to win a cash prize!
The day kicked off with a panel discussion from local entrepreneurs with expertise in branding and marketing, Melanie Galea of Discover Fort McMurray and Elliott Pierre of AuraKey Digital Agency. They discussed the importance of branding and marketing for entrepreneurship. Check out the full discussion here.
We then had a lunch panel featuring entrepreneurs in finance and business operations, including Diana Noble who is a serial entrepreneur and business owner of snapd Wood Buffalo, Seller Direct Fort McMurray and Noble Choice Coaching. We also had Jon Close of Community Futures Wood Buffalo and founder of the UpClose Team, as well as Hichem Aidi of Aidi-inc. See their panel discussion here.
After lunch, Jon Close came back to discuss specific financing options for entrepreneurs. See his workshop here.
Finally we closed of the event with a pitch competition! There were 10 amazing pitches from an eclectic group of both budding and seasoned entrepreneurs. Check out the contestants below and see their pitches here.
The competition was fierce and judged by an excellent panel including Melanie Galea, Elliot Pierre, Babs Weber and Nermin Zukic of Keyano College.
But there could only be one winner and that was… Cheese Sleeve! They had an amazing product and brand, and won $5,000 to take their business to the next level! We can’t wait to see what they do next!
See you next time at the 2019 Launch Wood Buffalo but hopefully before that at the upcoming Community Code Day!