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NF Emma Harris: How I Bootstrapped My Company Through Pitch Competitions

Jul 17, 2018

Starting a business can be both thrilling and daunting, but there is nothing more fulfilling than bringing your dream to life. While so many entrepreneurs have a passion for their business, funding is often the biggest obstacle standing in the way of getting a startup off the ground. When I was starting out, I knew that I needed to take control of raising funds while raising awareness for my company, which led me to enter pitch competitions. These competitions vary in size and business type, but they are always a great opportunity to sell your company, showcase your vision and highlight why your company will make an impact.

Over the last couple of years I have participated in nearly 10 pitch competitions including Startup Toronto and Fierce Founders. Some I walked away from with hard-earned cash, others left me with new insights and growth opportunities. Whether you’re just getting started pitching your startup or looking to enhance your presentation skills, here are a few lessons one startup founder has learned along the way.

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