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Pitch Perfect: Pitch for Funding like a Pro

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Centre for Social Innovation Annex

720 Bathurst Street

Toronto, ON M5S 24R

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Startups don't just fund themselves. Raising money and other kinds of support requires a clear vision and clear communication. The good news is that getting pitch perfect is easier than you think. Come learn from SSE's "Queen of the Pitch", Chryssa Koulis, Director of Business for Good, about how to get your pitch to fly.

Cost: $50, with invoice to follow by email. (Registered Summer School students get in free.) Financial assistance may be available. Inquire at info@sseontario.org. Online payments can be made here: https://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=2252&EID=24358

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Chryssa Koulis (see LinkedIn profile) got her start in the non-profit sector at a very young age – at age eight she became a fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation through their Jump Rope for Heart program. As an adult she has worked in non-profits like The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, the Artists’ Health Centre Foundation and the MS Society. She even found her way back to the Heart & Stroke Foundation but this time they paid her for her fundraising efforts.

Despite her long history working in the non-profit sector, Chryssa’s true calling was more entrepreneurial. Again at the tender age of eight, Chryssa started selling Florida oranges and grapefruits in Flemington Park, where she grew up, so that she could go on a school field trip to Cedar Glen. Not only did she raise enough money to secure her place but she earned enough to send several classmates on the field trip as well. These sales skills and business savvy served her well in completing her MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business.

Chryssa came to a crossroads a few years back where she felt very much like Goldilocks. She tried working in non-profits but that didn’t quite fit. She got her MBA but that didn’t really feel right either. She realized that she was looking for something that combined the good work of non-profits and the principles of business to be able to do well and do good at the same time. Fortunately, she found that perfect fit with the School for Social Entrepreneurs Canada and in 2013 she graduated in the school’s first cohort to become a Social Entrepreneur Fellow. During the program she launched a social venture called peopleshare where organizations can access people on demand to help non-profits do good work even with very limited budgets. In addition to working on peopleshare, in 2014 she joined the School as Learning Manager and now has the pleasure of helping others launch their own social ventures.

When she’s not thinking about business models and value propositions, Chryssa volunteers on the Board of the North York Community House, does a lot of home renovating (not by choice) and is completely devoted to her tiny dog.

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