Raise & Rise Conference & Pitch Competition
Presented by Disruption Ventures and The Scotiabank Women Initiative
In collaboration with Disruption Ventures, The Scotiabank Women Initiative™ hosted its premiere RAISE & RISE event – a virtual pitch competition and conference that offered women entrepreneurs the chance to win a cash investment of $25,000 and more. The conference portion of RAISE & RISE was led by top industry leaders and offered meaningful discussion to women entrepreneurs about how to "raise" capital and "rise" as successful entrepreneurs.
Congratulations to our winner Ashwaq Al-Hashedi, Founder & CEO, INViCARE who was awarded the Grand Prize from the pitch competition!
The virtual conference took place on December 15, 2020 and included the following speaker line-up:
- Janie Béïque, Executive Vice-President, Investments, Fonds de solidarité FTQ
- Vickie Joseph, Founder, V Kosmetik | Co-founder, Groupe 3737
- Marie-Josée Richer, Co-founder, PRANA | “Dragon”, Radio-Canada’s “Dans l'œil du dragon’’
- Michele Romanow, “Dragon”, CBC Dragons’ Den
- Jessica Bruder, Award-winning journalist
Six finalists competed in front of our panel of expert judges, comprised of successful entrepreneurs and business executives:
- Jennifer Ivens, CEO, Canscan Tech
- Marisol Labrecque, CEO, Technologies Ecofixe inc.
- Aliyeh Rasoolizadeh, CEO, Triple F Group
- Ashwaq Al-Hashedi, Founder & CEO, INViCARE
- Clara Duvernay, Co-founder, AWL-E
- Jade Doucet-Martineau, Co-founder & CEO, Puzzle Medical Devices Inc.
- Sarah Shapiro, Venture Partner, Disruption Ventures
- Catherine Parent, Director, Roynat Equity Partners
- Nicole Verkindt, Founder & CEO, OMX
- Irfhan Rawji, Founder & CEO, MobSquad
- Gillian Riley, President & CEO, Tangerine Bank | Executive Sponsor, The Scotiabank Women Initiative
- Elaine Kunda, Founder and Managing Partner, Disruption Ventures
- Wils Théagène, Senior Director, Québec, CDPQ
- Alain Denis, Senior Vice-President – Venture Capital, Fonds de solidarité FTQ
Thanks to all who entered the Pitch Competition!