Joy and Rose successful pioneers of a pre-school for economically disadvantaged people in Lonavala, India have also pioneered a small business with the aim to empower women through their snack center. They pitched for start-up funding at our Vancouver event but later started small with funds raised locally. They have a small attractive sit-down place on a busy shopping street making delicious snacks like samosas, idlis, dosas, etc
Alex from the Bella Pizzeria, in Central Asia, pitched for scale-up funds at our Eagles Nest (Shark Tank like) event in Vancouver but lost out to the Extending Hope School. As he continued to work through issues in his business plan with his ACE coach, we were able to connect him to an investor and he received the loan he needed. He is looking to move to a new location, purchase new equipment and have more tables.