Congratulations to our top 15 AYA Day pitch participants!

Screenshot of Zoom attendees at AYA Day Pitch Challenge / Capture d'écran des participants à Zoom lors du Pitch Challenge de la Journée AYA

Last week, Black entrepreneurs and supporters from across Atlantic Canada joined us to cheer on the top 15 pitch participants in our AYA Day Pitch Challenge. We’re still glowing from all the love and support shared by our community!

Our judges had their work cut out for them, first providing feedback for everyone who submitted a pitch and helping us to choose the top 15 submissions, then helping us select the final winners at our live AYA Day event. Our audience gave them a helping hand, selecting one of six entrepreneurs to win $500 each.

We are so energized by all the amazing ideas, feedback, and support shared, and we can’t wait to do it again.

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Meet the Top 6 Winners 🏆

Screenshot of Kendall Darling's AYA Day pitch

Kendall Darling
Pilot X Technologies

Halifax, NS

Pilot X is a delivery service platform that provides fair compensation and benefits to its drivers and affordable delivery service to restaurants.

Screenshot of Shante Russell's pitch for Love & Lather Soap Co

Shante Russell
Love & Lather Soap Co.

Halifax, NS

Love & Lather Soap Co is a plant-based soap company located in Bedford, Nova Scotia, that offers handmade bath products for your body and soul.

Screenshot of Meghan Symond's pitch for Halifax Charcuterie

Meghan Symonds
Halifax Charcuterie

Halifax, NS

Halifax Charcuterie offers made-to-order charcuterie boards for catered events or at-home experiences and is expanding its offerings to include merchandise like cutting boards, aprons, knives and wine glasses.

Screenshot of Laughter Afolabi's pitch for Affluence

Laughter Afolabi

St. John’s, NLL

Affluence is a virtual managerial tool that will bridge the gap between influencers and companies. This business is under development!

Screenshot of Julian Covey's pitch for the Ceramic Workroom

Julian Covey
The Ceramic Workroom

Halifax, NS

The Ceramic Workroom is a community space that offers kiln firing and equipment rentals, ceramics classes, drop-in hours, and material supply.

Screenshot of Sandra Hannebohm's pitch for Twice as Good Media

Sandra Hannebohm
Twice As Good Media

Halifax, NS

Twice as Good Media offers a mindful approach to Black journalism that allows readers to take a break from the news while still being engaged through immersive storytelling about topics in the news.

Meet our Runners Up 🎉

Jayrell Diggs – SudDrop

Halifax, NS

SudDrop is a laundry pickup and delivery service that picks up, washes, folds and delivers laundry to help people save time and money and simply get back to what they enjoy.

Daniel Morka – Essential Recruit

Halifax, NS

Essential Recruit is a healthcare career marketplace that helps health systems like hospitals and long-term care homes find, attract, and retain healthcare workers from across the world in one easy-to-use interface–in minutes, not months.

O’Neil Miller – Limestone Beverages (soon to be Baha Blends)

Halifax, NS

Baha Blends is the company that will bring the taste of the Bahamas to every Canadian home with a range of craft beverages, carbonated teas, fresh fruit juice, and craft beer.

Solange Ake – Distinct Magic Decor

Charlottetown, PEI

Distinct Magic Decor is a boutique, full-service event design company serving high-end corporate and individual clients in Eastern Canada.

Lopsii Olagoke – Tosmos

Sackville, NB

Tosmos aims to provide affordable education materials and prevent textbook waste from going into landfills through an online marketplace for postsecondary students to buy and sell their academic materials.

Samuel Illunga – GoCabs

St. John’s, NLL

GoCabs is a cab booking tool that will use rideshare technology to connect users to local taxi companies.

Yasir Gafar – Spokes Fan

Halifax, NS

Spokesfan is a digital tool for customer experience that enables businesses to unlock real recommendations while tracking business impact for users or for consumers.

Oyin – MJ Hair

Charlottetown, PEI

MJ Hair sells and ships high-end wigs and accessories worldwide.

Ingrid Broussillon – Griottes Polygottes

Vancouver, BC

Griottes Polygottes provides fun and creative ways to practice and build confidence in a second language (currently French and English) through improv.