Pitchfest – July 10, 2019

Are you a small business owner looking for resources to grow?

Pitch your business for a chance to win great prize packages @eSAX Pitchfest!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (17:00 – 22:00)

Lansdowne Park, Horticulture Building

1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5J3

Cost to pitch: $250 + tax (includes your admission) Note that a maximum of ten (10) companies will be eligible to pitch!

General admission: $50 in advance / $65 at the door

Click HERE to register

About: eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge and promote regional economic collaboration with the Ottawa Board of Trade and community/business leaders. Here is a short promo video and overview, as well as an epic #Mannequin Challenge video.

What is a Pitchfest? A pitchfest is where entrepreneurs present in front of a panel (e.g., Dragons’ Den) to potentially win resources that will aid their business.

Eligibility  

Applicants must:

– Have been in business less than five (5) years;

– Have generated less than $500,000 in revenue since inception;

– Be headquartered within 100 km of the National Capital Region.

Prizes

Will be awarded to the top three (3) applicants as judged by popular vote @eSAX (i.e., 1st prize, 2nd prize and 3rd prize).

Each prize package will consist of multiple products / services as per details below.

Details

Participants will have five (5) minutes to explain their vision and business concept to ‘win-over’ the crowd. Live voting will be done by our entrepreneur peers in attendance @eSAX, so this will also be a great opportunity to receive considerable exposure in front of hundreds of other business and community leaders.

Deadline to apply is Friday, July 5, 2019 (midnight)

Individuals must register here and provide a business logo, website URL, Twitter account and 100 word bio to info@eSAX.ca prior to the deadline.

eSAX PITCHFEST PRIZE PACKAGES *

The following prize packages will be awarded to the top 3 (three) applicants as judged by popular vote @eSAX on July 10, 2019

 

1st Prize

Momentum Law legal services ($3,500)

BDO two 1.5 hour sessions (with a small business partner and tax partner) plus one hour session with a specialty service (US tax, FAS or wealth) ($2,500)

Ottawa Business Journal advertising ($1500)

Collab Space 3 month’s free membership ($600)

Sure Print & Graphics retractable 8ft branded banner, 500 business cards & use of their eSAX booth for the January 2020 event ($900)*

Ottawa Board of Trade two tickets to a 2019 Business After 5, two tickets to a 2019 Local Breakfast Series & two tickets to a 2019 Ottawa’s Economic Outlook event ($200)

Three tickets to the next eSAX event ($375)

Additional prizes TBD

2nd Prize

BDO two 1.5 hour sessions (with a small business partner and tax partner) ($1,875)

Steve Cody mentoring session and Ruckify Bucks (TBD)

Collab Space 3 month’s free membership ($600)

TiECon Ottawa Conference x 2 tickets ($500)

Mobile Optician Services 1 year service package ($100)

Two tickets to the next eSAX event ($250)

Additional prizes TBD

3rd Prize

BDO two 1 hour sessions (with a small business partner and tax partner) ($1,250)

Collab Space 3 month’s free membership ($600)

Dinner, Show & Night-Out Package with:

East Coast Limos ($625), National Arts Centre production (2 tickets $100), Ottawa Special Events (big screen, projector & audio $500), Pita Pit catering up to 10 people ($100),

Cartier Place Suite Hotel ($200),

One ticket to the next eSAX event ($125)

* Please contact each individual company prior to use for details

Good luck!!

Ottawa eSAX Event Review by Covert Ottawa Guy

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, I once again had the honour of attending eSAX the Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience networking event held at the Horticulture Building at TD Place. As my entrepreneurial mind gets the best of me at times, I’ve been out to this event four times now. Each time, it continues to impress me with the variety of opportunities that can be found simply by networking with the variety of people that the event attracts. Most people who attend these events are either seeking answers to their business questions or looking to provide expertise or answers for others. Additionally, many successful business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals from the business community are present, ready to engage others in conversation and share ideas.

Each time I attend this event, I am awestruck by both the professionalism and the upscale, elegant feel of the event. Jarrod Goldsmith is the brains and creator behind eSAX and does a phenomenal job of organizing this event and bringing together the business community in a unique and interactive way. He seemingly spares no expense in creating a dynamic, exciting, and enriching atmosphere to promote social and business networking.

This time around, I decided to set up a booth and experience this amazing event from the perspective of an exhibitor. This was my first set up as Covert Ottawa Guy, so I wasn’t sure how it would go over, particularly in this experienced business environment. But I was pleasantly surprised-it was amazing. At my booth, I interacted with tons of people looking to find out what’s happening in the entrepreneurial community and to build a network of service providers and meaningful partners to expand their business needs. I want to thank everyone who came to visit me at my booth, who took the time to tell me about their businesses and who exchanged ideas with me about mine. As it turns out, a whole lot of people are interested in events and event services around Ottawa!

Enough about my exhibit though, let’s get back to the show! The Horticulture Building at TD place is the perfect location for this event. There is plenty of parking, and easy access from any corner of the city. Registration is completed efficiently by an army of volunteers, eager to please, willing and capable of helping with any issues that may arise, and answer any questions that you might have. After registration confirmation, you move along to a table where your name tag and lanyard are waiting. Then you enter the trade show floor to take in the event. The entire process takes about two minutes.

Once through registration, you’ll find a lounge area with tall tables set up, and a bar area with friendly bartenders ready to serve. There are several items to choose from, but I particularly enjoyed the idea of the signature “SAX on the beach” drinks that they were serving in tall martini glasses. It is a classy touch and provides a fun topic of conversation for the attendees. A little further into the room, you’ll find the food, which is catered by Pita Pit, a personal favourite of mine since my old club days in the Byward Market. I really appreciate the offering of both vegan and gluten free options, catering to attendees with food allergies or dietary preferences. It’s always a nice touch, and really goes a long way with the people for whom it affects. For the entertainment, you’ll find the lovely “Sax Appeal” playing some great tunes throughout the night in the bar area, and there’s a great media wall set up to get shots of you and your companions for the corporate bulletin board.

In the main trade show area at this particular event, I’d estimate that there were approximately twenty different companies in attendance showcasing their products; the majority focused on marketing and sales strategies and business to business (B2B) contact management. As to be expected at an entrepreneurial trade-show, each booth was bustling with activity. It wasn’t all business services though; you could also find some other essentials, such as East Coast Limousines and Bytown Video Production.

Each eSAX event has its own theme that may include guest speakers, other networking activities or business development ideas. For this particular event, there was a “speed-eSAX” session that took place for about an hour. As I had a booth to operate, I unfortunately couldn’t take part in the activity, but judging by the reactions of the various participants, it was a huge success. Jarrod Goldsmith was up on a centre pedestal with a megaphone moderating the activity. Once again, another successful idea by Jarrod, who seems to have a knack for networking and pulling together members of the business community.

Previous events that I’ve attended have all had their respective themes, and have featured a series of fantastic guest speakers. Each event that I’ve attended has been emceed by Dylan Black of Boom 99.7 and Rogers 22, and Mayor Jim Watson has made appearances, saying a few words to the attendees prior to the scheduled guest speakers. As an example of what you might be able to expect, a highly successful eSAX last fall featured Bruce Linton from Canopy Growth, Brett Wilson from CBC’s Dragon’s Den, and Steve Cody, who used the eSAX event to launch his now hugely popular Ruckify app.

The next eSAX is scheduled for July 10th and is boasting an equally impressive theme of “Pitchfest”. This is the third annual eSAX Pitchest event, where small business owners are encouraged to sign up and pitch their business to seek resources to grow their business. There are incredible prizes to be won at the event for the top three businesses as determined by live peer voting. Registration is now open for either the opportunity to pitch your business, to set up a booth, or to simply attend this event. You can click here to see registration information.

Overall, I love eSAX, which is evident from how often I attend! Jarrod is incredibly passionate about it, and he works hard so that each event is unique and encourages both attendees and exhibitors to continue to return three times a year.

 

Originally posted by Ottawa Covert Guy on April 23, 2019

April 17, 2019

Presenting Speed-eSAX! Networking has never been so fun!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (5 – 10 pm)

Lansdowne Park – Horticulture Building. 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5J3

With a special performance by Sax Appeal!

#eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience) is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge and promote regional economic collaboration among regional Chambers of Commerce. Never been to #eSAX? Check out this short video!

Amazing Overview of the October 2018 eSAX Event Showcasing the Launch of Ruckify!

CoverageCorp perfectly captured the energy of the official launch of Ruckify at the October 2018 eSAX event, featuring W. Brett Wilson (Dragons’ Den Emeritus), Bruce Linton (Canopy Growth), Steve Cody, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, the Ottawa Board of Trade, Dylan Black (MC) & Jarrod Goldsmith (eSAX) on the day that cannabis became legal in Canada!


Video produced by CoverageCorp

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#eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience – https://esax.ca) is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge from featured speakers and promote regional economic collaboration among Chambers of Commerce and community / business leaders.

#eSAX Makes Networking Work !

January 9, 2019

#eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience) is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge and promote regional economic collaboration among regional Chambers of Commerce. Never been to #eSAX? Check out this short video!

Wednesday, JANUARY 9, 2019 (5 – 10 pm)

Lansdowne Park – Horticulture Building. 1525 Princess Patricia Way, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5J3

With a special performance by Sax Appeal!

Fireside Chat – October 17, 2018

Featuring

and Dylan Black (Boom 99.7 FM and Daytime Ottawa) – Master of Ceremonies

with a special performance by Sax Appeal!

NOMINATE someone for the 1st Annual PETER STEWART BUSINESS MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD! Click here for additional details. (Deadline September 23, 2018, midnight)

Pitchfest: July 11, 2018

eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge and promote regional economic collaboration among Chambers of Commerce. Events are held every 3 months (January, April, July and October); originally to coincide with the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits Program.

Featuring Dylan Black (Boom 99.7 FM and Daytime Ottawa) – Master of Ceremonies

with a special performance by Sax Appeal!

What is a Pitchfest?

A pitchfest is where entrepreneurs present in front of a panel (e.g., Dragons’ Den) to potentially win resources that will aid their business.

Eligibility:

  • Have been in business less than five (5) years
  • Have generated less than $500,000 in revenue since inception
  • Be headquartered within 100 km of the National Capital Region
  • Note that a maximum of ten (10) companies will be eligible to pitch!

Deadline:

Deadline to apply is Friday, July 7, 2018 (midnight). Individuals must register and provide a business logo, website URL, Twitter account and 500 word description to info@esax.ca prior to the deadline.

Particulars:

Participants will have five (5) minutes to explain their vision and business concept to ‘win-over’ the crowd. Live voting will be done by our entrepreneur peers in attendance @eSAX, so this will also be a great opportunity to receive considerable exposure in front of hundreds of other business and community leaders.

Prizes:

Will be awarded to the top three (3) applicants as judged by popular vote @eSAX (i.e., 1st prize, 2nd prize and 3rd prize).Each prize package will consist of multiple products/services as per details below.

The following prize packages (subject to change) will be awarded to the top 3 (three) applicants as judged by popular vote @eSAX on July 11, 2018*

  • Note that additional prizes will be added on an on-going basis!

1st Prize:

Ridout & Maybee LLP Patent, trademark, or copyright legal fees ($5000); Ottawa Business Journal Advertising ($1500); STELLACON Solutions Coaching Session ($1800); Founder Institute Fellowship up to 2 people ($1000 USD); West Ottawa Board of Trade Annual Membership Discount ($300); Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast x 1 ($50); Collab Space 1 month free membership ($200);

2nd Prize:

Nancy Morris 6 months business mentoring ($2497); Founder Institute Fellowship up to 2 people ($1000 USD); TiECon Ottawa Conference x 2 tickets ($500); Breakfast with Bruce M Firestone, PhD; Steve Cody mentoring session; Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Networking Breakfast x 1 ($50);

3rd Prize

Ottawa Special Events Indoor movie night package ($550) (includes big screen, projector, audio & popcorn machine); Pita Pit catering for up to 10 people ($100); Ruckify Bucks (TBD); Dinner, Show & Night-Out Package with East Coast Limos ($625), Bamboo Restaurant ($100), 8 tickets to Yuk Yuk’s ($160) and a nights stay at the Cartier Place Suite Hotel ($200)

Join us as we reshape Ottawa’s entrepreneur community and raise funds for the CHEO Foundation, Max Keeping Fun & Ability First Ottawa!

eSAX Ottawa Mannequin Challenge (HUGE)

Watch as hundreds of entrepreneurs do one of the largest #MannequinChallenges in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada!

(Watch to the end for a cool pose of Sax Appeal Ottawa) !
Recorded at the January 2017 eSAX event. Produced by Storyline Productions and Bytown Video Productions.

#eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience) is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge from featured speakers and promote regional economic collaboration among Chambers of Commerce and community/business leaders.

#eSAX Makes Networking Work !

 

Facebook (Main Page)

Twitter (Hashtag #eSAX)

Twitter (Jarrod Goldsmith

Twitter (Ask The Fedora)

Meet-Up

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Google Reviews

YELP

Instagram (eSAX)

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eSAX was founded by entrepreneur and musician Jarrod Goldsmith of Sax Appeal Ottawa.

eSAX Promo Video

Check out this short promo video on what eSAX is all about!

#eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience) is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge from featured speakers and promote regional economic collaboration among Chambers of Commerce and community/business leaders.

#eSAX Makes Networking Work !

 

Facebook (Main Page)

Twitter (Hashtag #eSAX)

Twitter (Jarrod Goldsmith

Twitter (Ask The Fedora)

Meet-Up

LinkedIn

Pinterest

Google +

Google Reviews

YELP

Instagram (eSAX)

Instagram (AskTheFedora)

Youtube

 

eSAX was founded by entrepreneur and musician Jarrod Goldsmith of Sax Appeal Ottawa.

Scale Your Business @ the eSAX Pitchfest!

Hear Dylan Black (of Boom 99.7 FM & Daytime Ottawa) explain what the eSAX Pitchfest is all about!

Produced and edited by Storyline Productions (http://storylineproductions.ca) and Bytown Video Productions (http://www.bytownvideoproductions.com).

 

#eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience – https://esax.ca) is an entrepreneur networking community and tradeshow for small business to create connections, gain knowledge from featured speakers and promote regional economic collaboration among Chambers of Commerce and community/business leaders.

#eSAX Makes Networking Work !

eSAX was founded by entrepreneur and musician Jarrod Goldsmith (http://JarrodGoldsmith.ca) of Sax Appeal Ottawa (http://saxappeal.ca).