The Vinetta Showcase – Vancouver Startup Pitch and Panel Event

375 Water Street, Vancouver, BC

Startup Pitch and Panel Event!

From 6.30pm until 9.00pm

At The Profile

375 Water Street, Vancouver, BC

The Vinetta Showcase – Vancouver Startup Pitch and Panel Event

The Vinetta Showcase brings a panel of active investors and successful entrepreneurs to judge the startup pitches of top female founders.


The most fun you’ll have this summer chatting with mentors, advisors and maybe even potential investors.

Three pre-selected founders present their startup to an elite panel of active investors and successful entrepreneurs in front of a live audience. Each founder receives critical feedback, targeted questions and actionable advice. Our all-star panel line-up includes:

  • Maninder Dhaliwal – CEO and Co-Founder of Lions Gate International
  • Jill Earthy – Regional Director for BC & Yukon of Futurpreneur Canada
  • Manny Padda – Founder of New Avenue Capital
  • Norma Biln – Founder & CEO of Augurex

The audience of 80-100 attendees is an engaged community of actionable entrepreneurs, venture influencers, young professionals and service providers who all see the massive growth potential for investing in female founders. The Vinetta Project connects female founders with male and female investors and successful entrepreneurs through curated events, like showcases and dinners. As we believe investing in women is smart business. Vanessa Dawson, CEO & Founder of The Vinetta Project, has raised $33 million for female founders in her collective in less than two years. You can see her write-up on CNN.


6:30 – 7:00 | Arrival, Food, Wine, Networking

7:00 – 8:30 | Panel Discussion, 3 Pitches, Q&A and Advice

8:30 – 9:00 | Closing Remarks, Networking

Join us to observe or participate in the live pitches and to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and key influencers in the tech startup community and venture ecosystem. Your hosts for the evening will be: Vanessa Dawson – Founder & CEO of The Vinetta Project Aliya Amershi – Founder & CEO of and Vinetta Project Chapter Lead Nicole Parmar – Digital Marketing Specialist and Vinetta Project Chapter Lead To pitch at one of our next upcoming events APPLY HERE


Maninder Dhaliwal – CEO and Co-Founder of Lions Gate International

Maninder is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lions Gate International – specializing in trade advisory between North America and Asia Pacific. Her projects include tech start-ups, venture capital, reverse innovation healthcare products, social impact organizations for female empowerment, and major motion pictures. She earned her Masters’ degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC); and Executive Education from Harvard Business School. She has received many awards and accolades for her business acumen and accomplishments, including selection as part Tech Women Canada to represent Canada in Silicon Valley, nomination for YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Vancouver Board of Trade Chair’s award and Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40. Maninder is a regular contributor to local media on the topics of entrepreneurship, leadership development, and successful communication amongst diverse groups. She has been featured in the Vancouver Sun, the Province newspaper, Business In Vancouver, Chatelaine, CTV, Global BC, Shaw TV, CBC, CBC Radio, News 1130 radio, CKNW and more. Her involvement with local community includes governance roles with the Vancouver Board of Trade, Ballet BC, Big Sisters of BC, Women in Leadership Foundation, UBC Alumni Advisory and others. Maninder believes three things passionately – if you are not living on the edge you are using up too much space, stereotype is never the person, and that human potential is a terrible thing to waste. She can found on twitter at @dhaliwalmk.

Jill Earthy – Regional Director for BC & Yukon of Futurpreneur Canada

Jill Earthy is an entrepreneurially minded leader with a passion for supporting women in business. She is the Regional Director for BC & Yukon of Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation), a national non-profit organization that provides loans and mentorship to start-up entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-39 years old. After completing her MBA, she successfully built 2 companies (Frontline Staff Inc. and momcafe Network Inc.), grew them nationally and then sold them. She then became CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE), a non-profit organization educating, mentoring and energizing female entrepreneurs with growing businesses, where she worked from 2007 – 2012. As a community leader and active mentor, Jill serves as a Director on the Board of Governors for Simon Fraser University (SFU), on the Board of the Women’s Enterprise Centre and as Co-Chair of the WEB Alliance, a collective of over 25 Women’s Business networks in the lower mainland of BC. She has been recognized as a BIV Top 40 under 40 (2010), Top 100 by The International Alliance for Women (2011), as a finalist for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and recently as one of University of Victoria’s 25 Alumni to Watch.

Manny Padda – Founder of New Avenue Capital

Manny is an Entrepreneur, Educator, and Philanthropist based in Vancouver, B.C. He is the founder of New Avenue Capital, an investment firm that provides capital to growing businesses through debt and equity investments, focusing on four fundamental pillars: venture capital, philanthropy, recruitment and private lending. He also is the Managing Director of PM Search Partners, an executive search firm with experience recruiting to over 26 countries. A self-made entrepreneur who had built his first multi-million business by age 26, Manny is dedicated to providing education and mentorship to today’s youth. He is a co- founder of GradusOne, an organization that sponsors and hosts panel discussions and networking events across various industries, connecting youth with mentors and providing them with resources and tools to help them refine their career path and achieve success. He also sits on a number of advisory boards in the education, not-for-profit sectors, and start-up community. It is Manny’s personal mission to build 1,000 schools to educate more than 1 million people worldwide. Manny is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Private Equity & Venture Capital program and the Entrepreneurship & Innovation program at Stanford University. He received his MBA from Queens University and his BAA (Honours) from Simon Fraser University.

Norma Biln – Founder and CEO of Augurex

Norma Biln has brought strategic and operational execution excellence to each position she has held along her career. Throughout her 22 years in the life sciences she has worked along, built and led teams that have consistently exceeded corporate goals. Norma began her career in clinical research with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals after completing her Bachelor of Science in Physiology at McGill University. She continued her career in several capacities in sales management, marketing and market access with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Amgen and Abbott Laboratories where she won several regional and national level awards for top performance in each role. She later joined Stressgen Biotechnologies as Director of Corporate Market Development and Director of Sales and Marketing for Stressgen Bioreagents. Before her role of CEO at Augurex, Norma worked in a senior consulting capacity with Aspreva Pharmaceuticals on Business Development, Commercial and Communications initiatives. Norma holds a Master of Business Administration and is Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of BioTalent Canada.

Pitching Startups

presented by Yamin Li, CFO & Co-Founder

The holographic interactive system, a new reality where the digital world meets the physical world.

presented by Jane Chung, CEO & Co-Founder

A mobile mental fitness platform designed to close a critical loop – empowering individuals with the daily factors that significantly affect their mental and emotional wellbeing together with delivering personalized, evidence-based activities fitted to their unique needs and desires.

presented by Kerry Costello, Co-Founder

Mobile App enabling better sideline sports concussion decisions with objective assessments and improved data management.

Terms & Conditions

The Vinetta Project is a network based on quality over quantity. Our events are small and private with a limited number of tickets in order to maintain a productive networking atmosphere.


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