Apply now and get 2 free tickets to PitchFest3 + #WeAreYQQ After Party!

PitchFest3 is our annual showcase of Island startups and fundraiser for our local Startup Canada chapters. After a year of BizOnDeck workshops we invite up to seven entrepreneurs to pitch their business to a panel of three judges. You’re invited to join us for the Island’s only grassroots entrepreneur pitch event. Tickets are available online here – but first, here’s how you can get two tickets for free!


LIFT won Best in BC for Entrepreneur Promotion at the Startup Canada Awards on May 30, 2018 in Vancouver. Then we launched what we think is the best tool for promoting grassroots entrepreneurs on the Vancouver Island: the Island’s first and only social media powered business directory. Our goal: to connect 1000 of the best community-minded, unique and innovative, local businesses on the Island. We’re inviting you to apply today for up to 60 days of award-winning promotion. Plus, when you get listed (and get LIFTed!) you get two free tickets to PitchFest3 and #WeAreYQQ After Party on September 27, 2018.


5pm Optional “community throwback” fundraiser dinner for our local Startup Canada community. Just show up and order from the “communty throwback” menu and $5 of your meal goes to support Startup Comox Valley.

6:30pm PitchFest3. Show up early to meet some of the region’s most welcoming entrepreneurs – and to get an early start on winning prizes with our #BCBuyLocal #LIFTVIP social media game. Prizes supplied by these LIFT members: Atlas Café, Bosley’s by Pet Valu Courtenay, BodyNetix, Coastal Coworking, Derm Essentials Medi-Spa, Hornby Island Soap & Skincare, Inner Strength Acupuncture and Health, Panther Workwear, Pure Audio Centre Ltd., Sure Copy Courtenay, Toscano’s, My Tech Guys, The Waverley Hotel – and more (add your business to this social media promotion opportunity here).


Opening remarks by MC and LIFT Solution Sponsor Leif Jason of Mastermynde Strategy

Keynote by Keith Ippel, Founder, Spring Activator global startup school

The pitches:

  • Yarrow Willard, Wild Rose College of Natural Healing
  • Kyrle Symons, Prisym Renewable Developments
  • Jessica Dorzinsky, Fully Alive
  • Amie Webster, Motif Music Studios
  • Ryks Davies, Ryks Davies Music
  • Sean Elliot, Tap Bike Solutions

The judges:

  • Sue Finneron, Finneron Hyundai and LIFT Solution Sponsor
  • Adam Speigel, BDC and PitchFest3 Special Event Sponsor
  • Keith Ippel, Spring Activator and PitchFest3 Special Event Sponsor


  • LIFT VIP DJ Em.Ash & the #WeAreYQQPartyCrew! ???? with dance moves instruction by LIFT VIP Jennifer Walsh ????
  • Signature LIFT social media games with $1000s in prizes


Our #WeAreYQQPartyCrew throws the best entrepreneur parties! And that’s important. Business is always better when we’re having fun together.

Thanks to our #WeAreYQQPartyCrew Boss, Leanne Zdebiak-eni of Studio IPF for making our parties special!


This year’s PitchFest is sponsored by Spring Activator and BDC.

LIFT’s award-winning promotional work on Vancouver Island is made possible by the support of 100s of individual business, as well as a select group of visionary businesses we call call LIFT Solution Sponsors and LIFT Community Partners.

Solution Sponsors

Sure Copy Courtenay, Mastermynde Strategy, 50th Parallel PR, Finneron Hyundai, Jabin Postal Films, Presley & Partners, and 98.9 The GOAT

Community Partners

Atlas Cafe, Island Word, My Tech Guys, McKinnon Photography, Gladstone Brewing, Island Soul Films, Investors’ Group, The Creator Space, Harmonic Arts, and Douglas Magazine.

Apply for your two free PitchFest3 tickets now!


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