District Ventures' Demo Day goes virtual and public for the first time

A newly public platform for Canadian entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative creations

Over the years, many burgeoning consumer product companies in the lifestyle sector (food, drink, health et al.) have seen a healthy boost to business thanks to Arlene Dickinson's District Ventures Accelerator program. Typically as the program works through its sets of cohorts semi-annually, participating business owners get to participate in Dickinson's Demo Day, a presentation that provides businesses the chance to pitch their creations and services to an array of industry experts and (possible) buyers.

It should come as no surprise that District's Demo Day has moved to a virtual format for 2021, but one thing that the Cohort 10 participants will benefit from in this adaptation is the fact that the presentation is now accessible to the public. Blue Elephant  Palette Foods, Oat of the Ordinary, ToroMatcha and Clarke's Tea are just a handful of burgeoning consumer food and drink product companies hoping to gain traction with this digital event.

Alongside host Ryan-James Hatanaka, this year’s virtual panel is led by District Ventures CEO and Dragon's Den star Arlene Dickinson and includes leading industry experts as well as celebrity guests such as Mary Berg. District Ventures’ company team members will also be onhand to provide feedback and guidance to entrepreneurs.

"In response to the pandemic, District Ventures was forced (like most businesses) to change the way we collaborate...While working virtually with a group of individuals from all parts of the country has its challenges, it has also gave us an opportunity to rethink how we operate and, in turn, we have become more impactful than ever before," says Dickinson. "A virtual demo day is one example of how we have opened up the pitch day to everyone, everywhere. It is an opportunity to get our entrepreneurs in front of more buyers, investors, and influencers – regardless of their physical location.”

Interested individuals can register to watch the virtual Demo Day via Eventbrite.