Prairie entrepreneurs impress at Pitch@Palace event in Regina

Following a successful launch in Halifax, Pitch@Palace Canada 1.0 headed west this week to the Prairies. Gathered at beautiful Government House in Regina, entrepreneurs from fifteen companies from the region spent the morning workshopping with mentors and hearing from the Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan. In the afternoon, the entrepreneurs took the stage to deliver rapid three-minute business pitches reflecting a wide variety of sectors.  

“The culture of innovation is alive and well in Canada, and nowhere more so than in Saskatchewan,” said the Right Honourable David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada and Chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation, in his remarks at the event.

Rachel Mielke, CEO and Founder of Hillberg & Berk, a Regina-based luxury jewellery company, was master of ceremonies. “This is the very first Pitch@Palace Canada, and we are so excited that it has come to Regina,” Mielke said.

Congratulations to the four Prairie finalists who advance to the Pitch@Palace Canada 1.0 Bootcamp and Final in Toronto on May 27-28, 2019 during Canadian Innovation Week:

  • Krugo is an app that simplifies group travel and outings, allowing friends to plan and join trip itineraries, buy tickets, split payments, and discover events happening in their destination.
  • Representing Saskatoon, ORA is a safety panic alarm button that helps keep seniors and employees safe. The lightweight ORA Link fits into a necklace or belt loop clip.
  • A virtual clinic that fits in your pocket, Lumeca Health allows you to speak to licensed doctors and nurses by web, phone or mobile app in minutes.
  • provides agricultural artificial intelligence for autonomous farming. From self-driving combines to aerial drones monitoring crop health in real-time, is the technology behind the food production systems of the future.

Many thanks to all the entrepreneurs for their enthusiasm, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan for graciously hosting, and BMO for their generous support.

Up next is Pitch@Palace Canada On Tour Ontario in Waterloo, Ontario on April 17, 2019.

Published by Canadian Innovation Space