The Scotiabank Women Initiative championed the first two editions of the Quebec event, WiSE24, Women's International Showcase of Entrepreneurs.

On June 16, 2020, The Scotiabank Women Initiative announced its involvement in the Montreal edition of WiSE24, Women's International Showcase of Entrepreneurs, in collaboration with Scotiabank, Roynat Capital and Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited. 

WiSE24 invited technology and innovation leaders, both domestic and international, to look beyond borders for new markets, talent and investment opportunities. In addition to financial tech, biotech, consumer tech and social impact businesses, this year's event featured start-ups working on innovative solutions to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The global event themed Rise Locally, Empower Globally, featured pitches from early-stage, women-led ventures in 13 cities around the world. Those cities included San Francisco, New York, Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul, São Paulo, Ukraine, and Montreal – the only Canadian city to participate. 

The top pitches from the Montreal startups were live streamed globally on June 18, from 1 – 2 p.m. ET. 

“Scotiabank and Women’s Startup Lab have a natural affiliation, as the mission of The Scotiabank Women Initiative is to help take women-led businesses to the next level, through Access to Capital, Mentorship, and Education,” says Maria Mangiocavallo, Vice President of Commercial Banking, Scotiabank, and Advisory Board Member of The Scotiabank Women Initiative. “Organizations like ours serve as a catalyst to accelerating and promoting the innovative work of women entrepreneurs, a necessary force in the growth and prosperity of future economies.” 

To kick off the event, we had a well-rounded panel that discussed the importance of connecting, making an impact on a global scale and investing in women and innovation.

Our Panelists:

  • Elaine Kunda, Founder & Managing Partner, Disruption Ventures
  • Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder & Managing Partner, Cycle Capital Management
  • Cindi-Eve Bourassa, Director of the Free Trade Agreement Promotion Division
  • Moderator: Mélissa-France Heredia, District Director Greater Montreal & Regional Lead Technology and Innovation Banking, Roynat Capital

Watch the panel

We also provided top, early-stage tech startups with the unique opportunity to present their ventures to over 850 investors and companies worldwide.

An all-woman jury of partners and professionals from Scotiabank, Roynat Capital and Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited, awarded the strongest Montreal pitch with a cash prize.

Watch the pitches

Congratulations to Marina Pavlovic Rivas, co-founder of Eli Health on winning the pitch at WiSE24. She was awarded the Jury’s Award and top prize of $5,000.

Read more about this event on Perspectives.