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Rising to Success: LiftOff By CCAWR April 2024 Newsletter



Welcome to our monthly newsletter from LiftOff By CCAWR! We're thrilled to share our recent achievements and upcoming events with you.


Celebrating Success at the 2024 Business Excellence Awards Gala!


LiftOff By CCAWR has been honoured with the prestigious Non-Profit/Charitable Award at the 2024 Business Excellence Awards Gala, hosted by the Greater KW Chamber and presented by Cowan Insurance Group. This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team, volunteers, and supporters who have contributed to our mission of empowering individuals and communities through education and support services.



Pitch Showdown!


In addition to our award, LiftOff held a successful event, the recent Pitch Showdown, where entrepreneurs had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and compete for a share of over $30,000 in prize money. Entrepreneurs had the opportunity to present their innovative business ideas, and we are proud to announce the winners:


LiftOff NewComer Pitch sponsored by Region of Waterloo

LiftOff Ignite Pitch sponsored by City of Kitchener
  1. Nigerian Foodie Hub - Kosi Nwagbara

  2. Carol Spooner Portraits - Carol Spooner

  3. Last Minute Gallery - Precious Julius

LiftOff Launchers Pitch sponsored by Libro Credit Union

These entrepreneurs have demonstrated exceptional creativity, determination, and passion for their ventures, and we congratulate them on their well-deserved victories. We are excited to see their businesses thrive and make a positive impact in our community.


Spring LiftOff Launchers


Mark your calendars for an extraordinary evening on Friday, April 12th as we honour the achievements of our Spring Launchers who have successfully completed the LiftOff Program.


Our Spring Launchers are:


Under the theme "Getting the Word Out: Connecting the Waterloo Region Black Community," this event promises an evening filled with inspiration, community connections, and collaboration, hosted by Josette Lafleur, a multimedia journalist with extensive experience in the industry. Be prepared for a captivating keynote speech by Dr. Maydianne Andrade, networking opportunities, and the official announcement of the Pitch Showdown Competition winners!


Don't miss this chance to celebrate the dynamic talent within the Black community and join us as we continue to empower, inspire, and unite our community for greater success.


Secure your tickets here!



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