At our first Seeds for Dreams event on Tuesday, April 11 in Saskatoon, Ecobain Gardens owner, Roberta Bain, walked away with $6,400 and a huge vote of confidence. Three businesses pitched for 3 minutes followed by a 7-minute question period. After the pitches, 64 Seeds for Dreams members voted on which pitch they liked best. After the ballots were counted, Roberta received the most votes and was awarded with a $100 donation from every member. “Lately, my husband has been the person doing all the pitches so this was a way for me to tell our story,” says Roberta. “I had a baby and stepped away from the public side of the business for a few years. This has given me a huge confidence boost.” Bain says the money will go toward building the company’s brand for their live herbs, microgreens and other fresh edible plants.
Other businesses that pitched at the event were Viking Innovations and Carla Gradin. Jackie Martin from Viking Innovations was thankful for the chance to pitch: “I appreciated the opportunity to share our story. I didn’t get the money but 60 influential people learned about our products and I made some contacts that could help us move ahead.”
Seeds for Dreams offers small Saskatchewan businesses early stage financial support through a unique pitch & vote event. Andrea Hansen, local business owner, was the emcee for the event. “The energy in the room was amazing,” says Hansen. “We wanted to create a supportive, encouraging environment for these women. We were hoping for 50 members tonight and we had 64 people make donations so we couldn’t be happier.”