The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Finale

As a registered Canadian charity, The Forum relies on the donations of supporters who envision a Canada that champions equality, and this event is our most impactful fundraiser! We can topple the systemic barriers that continue to impact women entrepreneurs but we need your support, as demand for our programming has increased by 345%.

Let's take this opportunity to celebrate those who are soaring high with the support they've received, and to challenge the obstacles that dare to stand in the paths of women entrepreneurs.

Together, let's build a future where no woman is left behind.

Join us live at The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Finale on April 27 for an unforgettable evening of:

- Celebrating women entrepreneurs - Connecting with community - Fundraising to support The Forum

We'll watch some of Canada’s most promising women entrepreneurs pitch their final business visions, and cheer them on as they each walk away with a $30,000 CAD prize package to fund their goals.

Three Finalists who are a part of The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch program will have worked since September to refine their pitches as they gain the clarity and exposure that they need to accelerate community capital opportunities that align with their values. They’ll have done this with the help of dedicated mentors and community supporters who want to see them thrive.

You'll have the chance to learn more about their journeys as entrepreneurs and see their hard work pay off as they share their final visions for their business' growth and impact!

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There are two unique ways to support The Forum on April 27th!

Option #1: Attend in-person at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - our largest fundraising event of the year!

Time: 5:00pm PDT - 9:00pm PDT

What to expect:

- Opening reception - Support An Entrepreneur live fundraiser - Meet the Finalists and their Mentors, hear their pitches and vote live on their prize packages! - Seated dinner - Opportunities to bid in the silent and live auctions - Live entertainment and more surprises to follow

Ticket price for in-person event:

EARLY BIRD $349 - donation for individual ticket (use promo code "FORUM50" to receive $50 off this ticket price - eligible for all women business owners & The Forum program alumnae. Select "Enter promo code" and click "Apply" before you select your ticket type or quantity.)

$399 - donation for individual ticket (use promo code "FORUM50" to receive $50 off the ticket price - eligible for all women business owners & The Forum program alumnae. Select "Enter promo code" and click "Apply" before you select your ticket type or quantity.)

$5,000 - become a Patron, which includes a table of 10 seats. If interested, please contact lisa@theforum.ca. Attire:

Business/cocktail/evening attire - feel free to join us in what feels best!

Option #2: Watch virtually!

What to expect:

- Meet the Finalists and their Mentors, and hear their final pitch! - Opportunities to bid in the silent auction - A fun event to gather your team, family, and friends for a virtual viewing party

Ticket price:

FREE - individual ticket to watch virtually

Please consider adding a DONATION to The Forum to your registration Note: $20+ donations are eligible for a tax receipt. Tax receipts will be issued by the end of June 2023.

Tickets are donations and non-refundable, but may be transferred upon request. If you are feeling unwell prior to the in-person event, we welcome you to transfer the ticket and then register to join virtually to cheer on our Finalists.

The Forum aims to ensure this is an inclusive and accessible event for all attendees. If you or any of your guests require any accessibility accommodations to ensure you can fully participate, please contact us for support at info@theforum.ca. The venue is wheelchair accessible and we are happy to share any additional accessibility features you may have questions about.

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Why is this fundraising event, and your financial support, so important?

The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Finale is our annual fundraiser that enables us to continue to serve Canadian women entrepreneurs during this time.

- The Forum now serves over 1,600+ women entrepreneurs annually from over 219 unique communities across Canada. - Over the last 3 years we've seen demand for our programs grow by 345% - a significant increase versus past years. - Our sliding scale program fees reduce barriers to participation, and our bursary fund alone helped 147 marginalized women cover the costs of programming in the last year; 50% of recipients identified as Black, Indigenous or Women of Colour. - $1,500 provides one woman entrepreneur with one year of critical education, mentorship and resources to help realize her business goals. - The Fund A Need allows you to directly support essential mentorship and education programs. - Silent and Live Auction contributions will go towards our fundraising goal.