Pitch to the Puffins
Be part of the first crowdfunding pitch event in St. John's!
Supporting St. John's businesses with the collective power of your (small) money
Have you been looking for ways to get involved with the businesses you believe have great growth potential? Would you like to spend an evening connecting with local business owners and learn about their growth ideas in a fun and innovative way?
Pitch to the Puffins St. John's is for you!
Pitch to the Puffins is organized by ImpackHub, Canada's first investment marketplace that connects everyday backers to financial opportunities from small growing businesses. It is the first live community-based funding campaign in Canada, and it's happening right here in St. John's. Powered by ImpackHub's crowdfunding platform, Pitch to the Puffins is a new way for you and me to power up the growth of our local businesses. Individually, we might not have enough capital to support a business's growth initiative. As a cohesive community, however, we can pull together small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance (back) a growing business venture.
What is Happening?
On May 16, some of the most talented Innovators in our City are taking the stage to Pitch to the Puffins. Each Innovator will have 5 minutes to share their businesses' growth projects and fight for your financial support. Puffins will have up to 10 minutes per pitch to ask any questions and evaluate the growth plans before making an immediate decision of whether to support the said business.
Who are Innovators?
The business owners and entrepreneurs who have worked with ImpackHub to raise capital. They are called Innovators because, not only are they great at what they do, they are creative and always presenting solutions in new and innovative ways.
Who are Puffins?
If you are interested in becoming a community backer, YOU are a Puffin! As the official bird of Newfoundland and Labrador, puffins are individually small yet collectively powerful. We, therefore, thought Puffins a fitting name for a community of business backers.
Am I Investing or am I Donating?
Neither! We are putting our money forward a little different this time - we ask the businesses to pay the good deed forward. All entrepreneurs will be pitching for your financial contribution in exchange for two things:
- An exclusive, non-financial reward for you (think: free concert tickets, product launch parties, a beer named after you, weekend stays in a bed and breakfast in a seaside community.)
- A commitment to forward a percentage of the revenue generated from their growth projects to a social enterprise or community group of the business's choice.
We believe that this combined two-way payment lets you enjoy what money can’t buy, let the Innovators grow their business affordably, and let everyone tangibly see how money can be a force for good.