Branded Youth Entrepreneurship Conference

The Branded Conference gives Black, Newcomer and Most-Vulnerable-Person (MVP) youth real tools to build their businesses through group consultations and our annual Pitch Competition.

Branded is back and this year, you’ll get to enjoy that Branded magic in person!

On Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, Branded will be hosting a two-day conference at Artscape Daniels Launchpad. We’re bringing back everything you love about Branded with a few special additions. 

Check out the full agenda below and make sure to register for your chance to pitch for up to $5,000 towards your business.


Registration & Welcome

11:00 AM Consultation Session 1
12:15PM Lunch N’ Link
1:45 PM Consultation Session 2
3:15 PM

Keynote by Jebril Jalloh, Entrepreneur and Founder of Get Fresh Company

3:45 PM Closing Remarks

Day 2 | Pitch Contest

5:00 PM Doors Open
6:00 PM  Welcoming & Opening Remarks
6:30 PM  Pitch Event
8:00 PM  Winners Announced
8:30 PM  Celebration & Social

Are you a young entrepreneur looking to apply to this year's Branded pitch competition? Apply here. Applications are open until August 7th at 9pm. Selected finalists will pitch to a panel of judges for the chance to receive up to $5000.

Conference MC

Karlena Waugh, Founder, The Biz Mixer

By day Karlena is an Event Coordinator for the Event Experience Team at Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE). By night, she is a millennial entrepreneur who is passionate about community building and collaboration in business.

Consultation Sessions with

Sarah-Jane Gwira Founder, Squish Social

Slaying Social | Everyone wants to step up their social media game, but how does an entrepreneur who’s already pressed for time make it happen? Join Sarah Jane as she helps break down the best bang-for-your-buck strategies on how to Slay your Social.

Christopher Duff, Founder, Inspired Initiatives

Learn, Pivot, Grow: How to Innovate, Better | There are nine different areas of your business you can innovate that will help you grow. How many are you using? In this workshop, Chris uses the Business Model Canvas to teach you how to create strategies to reach new customers.

Hamza Fasih, Founder, Bellvines Influence

Close with Confidence | Selling, whether to a customer or an investor, is one of the most important skills an entrepreneur needs – but many people hate it. Join Hamza, as he uses his experience from closing hundreds of deals to make you a better salesperson so your business can thrive.


Expert Stations

Adila Cokar, Ethical Sourcing for your Fashion Business

Adila Cokar is the author of Source My Garment – The Insider’s Guide to Responsible Offshore Manufacturing (2019) – and the founder of the B Corporation and Fair Trade certified, organic cotton brand The Good Tee.

Dukez, Digital Strategy and Brand Development

A force within the marketing and video production industry for over a decade, Dwayne Holness is the founder and CEO of Corex Creative – a video marketing agency specializing in corporate videos, digital strategy, and brand development.

Dymika Harte, App Design & Development

Dymika Harte is an award winning creative entrepreneur, founder of female-powered design agency UNSGND and co-founder of tech company Clutch App — a marketplace that connects new drivers with local instructors.

Sepo Achampong, Prioritizing the Entrepreneur

Sepo Achampong is a Program Manager with Bizstart and entrepreneur who’s passionate about helping entrepreneurs think about their businesses more holistically.

  • Legal Guidance for Entrepreneurs, Slingshot provides all the day-to-day legal services your business needs, all in one place.
  • Wealthsimple, Managing your Finances
    • Wealthsimple provides forward-thinking financial tools to help you grow and manage your money


Text: Branded Youth 2022 Entrepreneurship conference featuring Sarah Jane Gwir, Chris Duff, Hamza Fasih, Jebril Jalloh (keynote), MC Karlena Waugh. Date: August 26,10-4pm at Artscape Daniels launchpad