September GTAN|RAW Recap

September 4, 2018 / Source: GTAN

On September 4th, GTAN members and entrepreneurs gathered at the Accelerator Center in Waterloo for the first GTAN|RAW session of the fall. Following the summer break, attendees were eager to hear from new and innovative founders who shared their business ideas in our interactive learning session. GTAN|RAW provides founders with a unique opportunity to deliver their five-minute pitch. Afterwards, a panel of experienced GTAN members offer feedback and suggestions to pave way for their future success in funding.

Dimi Paum, Co-Founder of You Kno was the first guest to pitch.

Following, we saw a pitch from Michael Shunock of One Health, a technology platform that seeks to provide diagnoses within the mental health space.

Olsi Alika of Aiva Labs presented Aiva Stories, which brings interactive experiences to websites.

Radical Innovations was pitched by Gurvinder Mundi. His company seeks to bring innovative products to market to solve computing problems. Their solutions are simple, effective, and come at a low cost.

The final pitch was delivered by Nick Couto, Founder of Engager Rings. Engager Rings, which previously appeared on Dragon’s Den, is an online platform and app that connects customers with jewelers to design the ring of their dreams.

Thank you to our panelists Mike Dearden, Jon Oberholzer and Jason Nagy who shared their expertise and insight. Some key takeaways from the panel were to avoid using flashcards, ensure that your slides are clutter-free and easy to follow, identify what your company does and the problem you are solving, and close your slideshow with a key message about your business.

GTAN|RAW’s sponsors include Miller Thomson, Gowling WLG, BDO, TD Commercial Banking, Bereskin & Parr, Northbridge Consultants and KPMG.Are you an early-stage entrepreneur and think GTAN|RAW is the perfect place to pitch your idea? Would you like to attend as an audience member? Contact and join us for next month’s GTAN|RAW on Tuesday, October 2 at Communitech in Kitchener.