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COVID-19 has made accessing capital very difficult for businesses. In response, provincial and federal governments released different stimulus packages including grants. The last few months I have gone through countless programs and there definitely are many options out there.
Grants can be a great resource in times of economic uncertainty, as they usually provide a reliable source of funds. I realize however, that grants are not for everyone. Writing grant applications, and even just finding the right ones to apply for, can be time consuming. Plus, let’s face it, writing is not everyone’s forte.
Good news, there are other ways to access capital. One of the less common ways is pitch competitions. It might sound intimidating, but these competitions are becoming more commonplace. Most are familiar with Dragons Den, but there are many more that do not require you to go on TV. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what is out there:
This list is just a few of the many pitch competitions available. If all this sounds exciting, but you are wondering, ‘how do I build a pitch?’ No problem. There is local training and free advice available broadly. For example, today, there is a free online Pitch Building Bootcamp through Start Up Canada.
For more information about pitch competitions or assistance with pitch training, contact Sandra Blyth at 403.529.8373 and she will gladly guide you in the right direction of those who can help. In addition, if writing is your forte and you want information on grants, feel free to contact Sandra as well, they do that too.
About the Author: Sandra Blyth is an economic development professional with the City’s Economic Development and Land Department, which is serving the business community under the brand of Invest Medicine Hat.