KPMG Enterprise Partners with The Gentlemen's Expo to Support Local Start-Ups

TORONTO, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - KPMG Enterprise and The Gentlemen's Expo (TGE) (www.gentlemensexpo.com) have partnered up to help promote local start-ups at the second annual Gentlemen's Expo, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on November 14th -16th.

In its second year, TGE is expecting over 30,000 attendees throughout the weekend. TGE will feature everything the modern man would want to see, including fashion, sports, musical entertainment, alcohol, grooming, technology and business. Sunday programming will focus on start-ups and entrepreneurship, and will feature relevant content with talks on how to get funding for your company, prepare for a pitch, corporate structuring, some successful and not so successful tales from Dragon's Den and a whole lot more.

This year, TGE has incorporated a "Start Me Up" pavilion, where 20 approved startups will receive a 5x5 booth partially subsidized by KPMG Enterprise (cost for entry is $250.00). Each accepted startup will have the opportunity to provide TGE a 60-second pitch video which will be promoted via social media and voted on by TGE fans.

"KPMG Enterprise has believed in us from day one and we're grateful for their continued support" said Settimio Coscarella, Co-Founder of The Gentlemen's Expo. "We really want to showcase some of the bright and hard working entrepreneurs this city has to offer."

The top 4 will then have an opportunity to deliver their best pitch on Sunday to a judging panel, which will include former Dragon Bruce Croxon. The winner will receive a prize pack worth over $7,000 to put towards their start-up, including $2,500 in consulting services from KPMG Enterprise. The other 3 finalists will also receive $1,000 in consulting services.

"We are very excited to be partnering with The Gentlemen's Expo this year and to sponsor Start Me Up Sunday" said Peter McNeill, National Director for KPMG Enterprise. "We feel it's important to do our part and help entrepreneurs reach a mass audience and achieve the success they've worked so hard for".

There are only 20 spots available for the Start Me Up pavilion and applications will be accepted until October 31st. It should include a brief write up about the company and why they want to participate in The Gentlemen's Expo. To apply for a Start-up booth, please email alessandra@gentlemensexpo.com.

Early bird tickets to The Gentlemen's Expo start at $25 and can be purchased online at www.gentlemensexpo.com.

KPMG Enterprise was formed in 2004 to respond to a growing need for a professional service firm that focuses on private companies.  They were the first to dedicate a team of advisers exclusively to entrepreneurs, family businesses, and emerging fast growing companies. Their global network of trusted advisers are well positioned to respond to the specific needs of private companies. KPMG Enterprise brings extensive resources and expertise in audit, tax, and advisory services, scaled to the needs of their clients. They provide financial, operational, and strategic advice during any stage of the business lifecycle.

The Gentlemen's Expo (TGE) is a 3-day festival and consumer show that focuses on the modern urban gentleman. Each year, TGE strives to entertain and educate both men and women in everything gentlemanly by incorporating fashion, cars, food, entrepreneurship, technology, sports, music, grooming and much more. TGE is the re-invention of the consumer show, putting experience, content and entertainment at the forefront.

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SOURCE: The Gentlemen's Expo

For further information: For more information regarding The Gentlemen's Expo, please contact Alessandra Seca at alessandra@gentlemensexpo.com, (647)204-4657, or visit us at www.gentlemensexpo.com.

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