Please join us on Thursday, April 2nd, at 3:00 p.m. in the KTS Lecture Hall when our King’s Master of Journalism students pitch their New Ventures projects to a panel of investors, business leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs. Two of the presenters were winners in last year’s prestigious “Halifax Startup” competition. If you enjoy “Dragons’ Den” or “Shark Tank,” you’ll get to see how it works – live and up close. A reception will follow in the Peter Wilson Room at 4:15 p.m. 

The Presenters

Mohammed Asiri presents at the King's MJ New Ventures eventMohammed Asiri is a multimedia journalist freelance and columnist. He graduated with a bachelor of mass communications in radio and television from Umm Al-Qura University in 2009, and has worked in media production since 2007. A former television reporter for multinational media outlet Dallah Albaraka, he also established and moderated the online video department for Okaz, the most read newspaper in Saudi Arabia, and was chief editor for Themar magazine. He was the 2012 recipient of the the King's Abdullah scholarship for high education. in 2014 he was the president of media and public relations and the spokesman of the Saudi Students Association in Nova Scotia.

Mohammed is presenting, Mohammed Asiri's pitch at the King's MJ New Ventures event, an information portal promise to provide a dedicated, one step solution to the information needs of the stakeholders of the Oil and Gas Industry, also, the renewable industry.

Geoff Davies is a Halifax-based reporter, editor and videographer, pursuing a Master of Journalism degree at the University of King’s College. An award-winning journalist, he’s worked professionally for five years in national, regional and hyperlocal markets, specializing in print and digital media. Alongside his studies, Geoff manages web and social media content for CTV Atlantic, operates a freelance writing and filmmaking business, and serves on the King’s residence staff as the Don of Radical Bay. He is an alumnus of the University of King’s College and the Canadian Securities Course.

Geoff will present Joe Money, a platform for connecting financial professionals with people, and people with answers.

Marina Fazel will present at the King's MJ New Ventures event. Marina Fazel is an Afghan/American television journalist, who has worked internationally for two decades. She has covered Russia, the Former Soviet Republics, and Afghanistan extensively for a variety of western TV networks. She is currently attending the Master of Journalism and Business at Kings College and Dalhousie Universities.





Marina will be presenting her video and documentary production venture, Global Tomorrows.

Global Tomorrows, Marina Fazel's video production company

Angela Mombourquette, presenter in the King's MJ New Ventures eventAngela Mombourquette is an award-winning journalist. She is a freelance writer and has been the editor of several magazines, including Atlantic Books Today, Good Taste, Living Healthy in Atlantic Canada and Saltscapes Food and Travel; she was also Associate Editor of Saltscapes magazine. She is currently a student in the Master of Journalism program at the University of King’s College in Halifax, and was the recipient of one of several “Innovation Scholarships” from the Province of Nova Scotia in 2014. Her business concept for Life After Gluten won second place in the Lean Startup competition at Dalhousie University in the fall of 2014.

Angela is presenting – Canada’s go-to source for gluten free living.


The Panelists

Nathan Dennison is a Sector Strategist at Nova Scotia Business Inc., the province’s private sector-led development agency. Nathan has an MBA from Saint Mary’s University. Nathan is the co-author of the study Fuelling Entrepreneurship & Innovation, which examined the province’s role in providing venture capital for startups. 

Brian Lowe is the Co-Founder and a Director of the First Angel Network Association. First Angel is Atlantic Canada’s largest association for private investors. Brian has raised tens of millions of dollars for startup ventures. He is also the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Luka is a Director and Arts Consultant with Strategic Arts Management, the largest company in that sector in Atlantic Canada. M.E. is also an award-winning documentary producer and a director for television and the Internet. She teaches at NSCAD and MSVU and serves on the board of Arts Nova Scotia.

Callum Mayer is a serial entrepreneur: he keeps coming up with great new business ventures. A finance graduate at Dalhousie University, Callum has participated in startup competitions, accelerator programs, pitch competitions, and innovation workshops. He is the Co-Founder of PlayPeanut, a social gaming app for sports enthusiasts.

Kim Pittaway is an award-winning journalist, editor, and media consultant. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Chatelaine, and a seven-time finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Her corporate clients include Canwest Digital Media and Microsoft Canada. King’s is fortunate to have her as a lecturer and writing mentor in its graduate programs.