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The 2023 FirstOntario 1Awards winners revealed!

Four finalists took home top prizes.


Four small businesses got a helping hand from this year’s 1Awards competition

After a recording-setting year of applications, ten finalists advanced to the next round while four were named winners of this year’s pitch competition.

Congratulations to Joe Apps Technology Support Inc., Kintore Coffee Co., Laila’s Cheesecake Co. and Toques from the Heart

The winners shared $25,000 in cash and $175,000 in professional, in-kind services.

Joe Apps Technology Support Inc., opens in a new tab

Joe Apps Technology Support Inc. offers in-demand technology services

Kintore Coffee Co., opens in a new tab

Embor’s Kintore Coffee Co. brews a tasty caffeinated cold beverage.

Laila's Cheesecake Co., opens in a new tab

Leila’s Cheesecake Co. bakes a stellar decadent dessert out of Burlington.

Toques from the Heart, opens in a new tab

Halton’s Toques from the Heart gives a toque to someone in need for every warm winter hat they sell.


Thank you to all of the wonderful businesses owners who pitched near perfect presentations this year. Good luck to all of you in your continued success.

Stay tuned for next year – watch for updates in early 2024!

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