Bridges to Better Business
speaker Nicole Verkindt October 20th
SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO ~~~~~ September 25, 2022 (LSNews) This year's Bridges to Better Business is taking at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront on Thursday, October 20th. Join us for an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge from renowned experts. This event brings together businesses in various stages of development for an open exchange of ideas, advice and feedback led by dynamic speakers.
Two local businesses will be participating in this year’s Pitch Competition, where they will share their business idea with the audience and have a "Pitch-Off". The audience will get to vote for their favourite business idea and the winner will receive a Grand Prize!
Bridges to Better Business is an annual event that targets entrepreneurs in the Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma Region and is hosted by the Millworks - Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Each year during BDC's Small Business Week, this event brings together businesses in various stages of development for an open exchange of ideas, advice and feedback lead by dynamic speakers and mentors. This year's theme is Dare to do things differently: Power up your growth. Join us to celebrate Canada's dreamers and doers.
The Top 2 businesses for this year’s Pitch Competition will be announced on October 6th. They will have the opportunity to share their business idea with the audience and the judging panel. The audience will then get to vote for their favourite business idea and the winner will receive a Grand Prize valued at up to $15,000.
We're proud to introduce Nicole Verkindt as our Keynote Speaker this year!
Serial entrepreneur Nicole Verkindt has a knack for finding industry gaps and building innovative companies to fill them. As the founder of OMX, she built one of the largest supplier tech platforms specializing in ESG metrics. Now, as the CEO of Buggy, she is transforming Canada’s grocery industry for today’s evolving consumer market. Speaking to technology, leadership, and disruptive thinking, Verkindt empowers audiences to turn today’s trends into their competitive advantage.
Verkindt founded the Canadian tech company, OMX, in 2012. Since then, this innovative platform has grown into one of the largest supplier ESG data providers. Verkindt sold it in 2022 to Sustainalytics, which is owned by Morningstar. Today, Verkindt is the CEO of Buggy, Canada’s rapid grocery and essentials delivery business, and an active angel investor involved in dozens of Canada's early-stage tech companies.
In addition, Verkindt is a frequent technology commentator on CBC. She was also an investor on Gimlet Media’s The Pitch in the US and a “Dragon” on CBC’s Next Gen Den, which focused on early-stage technology startups. Verkindt currently sits on the board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation and was the co-chair of the Business Council of Canada’s Task Force on Canada’s Economic Future.
One of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40”, Verkindt was awarded the Peter Brojde Award for Next Generation Executive Leadership in 2018. She was also named “Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2017 by Startup Canada.
5:00 - 6:00 - Tradeshow & Networking
6:00 - 7:00 - Welcome & Dinner
7 :00 - 7:30 - Top 2 Pitch-Off
7:30 - 8:15 - Keynote Speaker, Nicole Verkindt
8:15 - 8:30 - Winner & Closing
The event will also feature keynote speaker Nicole Verkindt, founder of OMX. Learn more and register here.
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