Move over Dragons’ Den; see business pitches at Cornwall Innovation Centre, Nov. 27

A co-working space inside the Cornwall Innovation Centre. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CORNWALL — With real money on the line for the participating entrepreneurs, the Cornwall Innovation Centre’s Nov. 27 Pitch Night should bring just a whiff of Dragons’ Den drama to the Seaway City.

Running 7 to 10 p.m. the NAV Centre, Pitch Night is a fun-filled event where 10 companies five minutes to pitch their business or idea and five minutes to answer questions from a Cornwall Innovation Centre (CIC) panel. Each venture will be scored on product/service, customer value, competitive landscape, business model, and financial projections, which could win them a cash prize of up to $2,500.

This year’s local panel includes Alain Gravelle, Chartered Accountant, Welch LLP; Valerie Dore, Associate Lawyer, McDonald, Duncan LLP; and Johanne Delves, Vice President, Public Sector and East Ontario Market Commercial Financial Services, RBC. Two special guest speakers will also present: Mirelle Lemire, Business Account Manager, RBC as well as Zach Tryndale, Business Advisor, Rise Asset Development.

The event is open to the public; to attend, register here: www.cornwallinnovation.ca/pitch.

The CIC touts itself as an “innovation ecosystem designed to ignite new ventures and propel high-growth potential businesses through a wide range of incubator and accelerator activities and services.” The entity “provides access to high-level mentorship, assistance for deal-making, fundraising support, launch and capacity development events, sales training and supports, co-working spaces at the NAV Centre and on-site wellness amenities.”

The CIC also reports that it will launch the “Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute” in January to teach the skills of the future. See www.oeji.ca for more information on about that impending initiative.

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