Whose big idea will stick?

Watch the final live show tonight, Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Our innovative Branksome entrepreneurs have been honing their big ideas for “profits with a purpose” as part of the landmark, 38-week Noodle accelerator program, the first of its kind in a Canadian school. Guided by niche experts and mentors, our Noodlers have worked towards this moment, innovating on businesses that offer sustainable solutions to real-world problems.

One enterprising team will walk away with an unprecedented $10,000 grand prize in seed money to make their mark on the entrepreneurial landscape, made possible by alum and donor Mary LESSLIE Hallward'74.

Our judges, Eva Lau, Stacey BLIDNER Kline’01 and Jennifer COMMINS’93, will join our emcees, Principal Karen Jurjevich and Reza Satchu, for a can’t-miss evening of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

But you get to be the judges, too. During the Nov. 4 live show, polls will open as our community chooses the runner-up teams of the Hallward Innovation Awards of $1,000 and $400.

Meet Our Judges
Eva Lau
A Branksome Hall board member, this entrepreneur-turned-investor is one of the few women leading a venture fund in Canada, Two Small Fish Ventures. Eva was previously Wattpad’s Head of Community and Content, now the largest consumer internet company in Canada.

Stacey BLIDNER Kline'01
Co-founder and CEO of Otto Intelligence, a financial technology company, Stacey is also the founder and managing partner of The Good Fund, an impact fund that invests in start-ups. Previously, Stacey was the Director of innovation projects at Goodmans LLP, where she also practiced corporate law.

Jennifer COMMINS'93
The founder and CEO of Pluck Tea Inc, Jennifer has won awards at the World Tea Expo and the Tea Associations of the U.S. and Canada. Her customers include the Parliamentary Dining Room at Parliament Hill, the Governor General’s House, and the Canadian Embassy in Washington.

Meet Our Emcees
Reza Satchu
Founder and Managing Partner of Alignvest Management Corporation, Reza is a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School and the Founding Chairman of Next Canada, the renowned, intensive entrepreneurship program that provides education, mentorship and start-up funding to Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs. Please see this short video that introduces you to NEXT Canada.

Karen L. Jurjevich
Karen has been Branksome Hall’s Principal for 23 years and is the CEO of Branksome Hall Global. In 2012, Karen founded Branksome Hall Asia, an international school on Jeju Island, South Korea. 

Watch the Pitches!

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