First Northern Hills Connect Pitch Night

Have you ever felt like our lives are compartmentalized? That we go to work to make money. That we spend time with friends and family to feel connected. And to feel a part of something bigger than us, we binge watch a season of Game of Thrones or escape to the mountains? Who has ever felt like this before? Now imagine a magical world where all of those things intersect.

This was how emcee Philip Lozano of Thrive and Momentum kicked off Northern Hills Connect’s first pitch night on September 7.

Northern Hills Connect (NHC) is a group of neighbours and community organizations on a mission to create sustainable social enterprises that cultivate a culture of belonging and connection in the Northern Hills Community.

This pitch night was the culmination of seven months of meetings and a summer full of free social enterprise workshops. It brought the community together to hear eight residents pitch their idea. Those pitches included:

  1. Playground with Spa – Zuhair Khan
  2. Local Focused Marketplace – Bryan Chow
  3. Art Lessons @ Home – Nikki Pike
  4. Reclaim Garden Produce – Jon Berlie
  5. Night Market North – Ian McAnerin
  6. Local Online Auctions – Stephanie Paull
  7. Community TimeBank – Kim Walker
  8. Nannies to Go – Jessie Leighton & Fatima Cuade

The community, judges and NHC’s members selected two pitches to move forward to the finals at EconoUs – the national community economic development conference. Those two pitches were Nannies to Go and Reclaiming Garden Produce. Check out our social media to see the final successful pitch from September 15.

NHC has secured some prize money and is working to secure more to help get as many of these ideas as possible off the ground. In addition to the prize money, NHC has other supports that can help a community business launch and thrive. This first event was about the ideas and inspiring a community to get behind an idea that could make everyone’s lives better.


This article appeared as “Northern Hills Connect – It takes a village… to raise a business rooted in community” in the Nothern Hills Association October 2017 newsletter

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