March 29, 2019:
Our last session took place at City Hall. For this session, we brought in another 5 amazing mentors with experience in start-ups, entrepreneurship, community development, and emergency preparedness to help the teams with their project pitches.
After a brief introduction to all five pitch mentors, each mentor had about 10 minutes to present to the cohort.
Nicola Jones-Crossley is the Business Development Manager for BC at Futurpreneur Canada (formerly CYBF). Futurpreneur is a national non-profit focused on fueling youth entrepreneurship via financing, mentorship and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. At Futurpreneur, Nicola works with start-up entrepreneurs to support them in the initial stages of their business, connects with mentors across sectors and collaborates with community partners to build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem in British Columbia.
Veronika Bylicki is an engagement innovator, community builder and sustainability strategist. A lifelong Vancouverite, she is passionate about creating more sustainable, liveable cities and amplifying the meaningful engagement of citizens, particularly youth, in addressing urban challenges. Veronika completed her BSc in Global Resource Systems at UBC, with a specialization in Urban Sustainability, Policy and Planning. Veronika is currently a Commissioner on the Vancouver City Planning Commission and Board Member for CityStudio Vancouver.
Robert Barnard, co-founder of YouthfulCities, has spent 25+ years working with youth on cool projects all around the world. He is the founder of three companies and one charity. He is a clothing designer, author, speaker, and driver (since no one else has a drivers license in the office).
Ann Pacey is is deeply committed to addressing the critical survival issues we face with a focus on local sustainability and community resilience. Since moving to Vancouver in 2009, she became a founding member of the Village Vancouver Transition Society and the Dunbar Earthquake and Emergency Preparedness (DEEP) group in 2012. Recently she has been contracted to develop a Disaster Support Hub model and Resiliency Action Plan for the Dunbar community as part of the City of Vancouver Resilient Neighbourhood Project.
Naitik Mehta is a 23-year old entrepreneur — with 30+ awards in social impact & technology. He has been recognized as Global 25 Under 25, BC's Top 30 Under 30 and one of Canada's top student entrepreneurs. He is currently the CEO of NextBillion.org and is supported by the Internet Society, Queen's Young Leader Program, Roddenberry Foundation, and the Government of Canada
After hearing from the pitch mentors, teams had the opportunity to present their 10 slides to the mentors 1-on-1 and received valuable feedback on their ideas and how to launch them.
After lunch, teams got back together to incorporate the mentors’ feedback and put final touches on their slides. We worked on developing our pitches and then each team had 4 minutes to present their finer-tuned ideas. To cap off the final session, we celebrated with sunshine and ice cream at Rain or Shine!
Special thanks to Blenz Coffee for our morning coffee and pastries & to Panago Pizza for the pizza lunch!