City of Toronto announces winners of the 2023 Women4ClimateTO Pitch Competition

Women4ClimateTO event Image credit Twitter @McKelvieTO

Toronto/CMEDIA: Winners of the Women4ClimateTO Pitch Competition were announced today by the City of Toronto, a news release has said.

Pitching their climate-related initiatives to a panel of judges yesterday evening at an event at City Hall, eleven local entrepreneurs competed for a chance to claim the first prize of $20,000 and two secondary prizes of $5,000 each.

Winners of 2023 Women4ClimateTO pitch competition included:

  • Winner: Tina Safaei, PAHK Solutions: a platform for personal carbon footprint management
  • Runners-up:
    • Ana Cuciureanu, Splash on Earth: a community-building event competition engaging participants in environmental action through art and games
    • Niki Cesta, The Wasteland Plan Foundation: outdoor events, eco-trips and environmental campaigns on waste education, nature reconnection and conservation-based solutions for positive and equitable socio-environmental impacts

These climate-related projects or businesses would reportedly be enabled through the cash awards

Hosted by the City and the program’s local presenting sponsor EY Canada, the pitch competition event featured keynote speaker Lindura, who is a model, actor and co-founder of a social media-based educational platform, Plasticfree Toronto, that encourages the reduction of single-use plastic consumption in Toronto.

The City provides a combination of mentoring, training and networking opportunities, through its Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Program, to help local women entrepreneurs advance their climate-related projects and business ventures.

Now in its third year, the 2023 program supported 11 local women and their climate initiatives.

Supporting the City’s TransformTO Net Zero Climate Action Strategy, Women4ClimateTO set Toronto on the path to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040.

As one of three cities in Canada and 21 cities globally participating in C40 Cities Women4Climate Mentorship Program ,Toronto aims to support 400 women across the globe in accelerating their climate projects.

Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, and Heather Taylor, the City’s Chief Financial Officer are the co-champions of this program

“Thank you to all of the participants and mentors who participated in this, the City’s third cohort of the Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Program…for their forward-thinking ideas and well-developed projects, which will help inspire climate action both among other entrepreneurs and the greater community,” said McKelvie

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