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Get Ready for #UYBIPitch2018 Competition

The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) Partners in Peel are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Unlock Your Big Idea Pitch Competition.

The UYBI Pitch Competition provides entrepreneurs in the West Greater Toronto Area with the opportunity to win a share of funding and mentorship through the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.

Competition Outline:

The Unlock Your Big Idea Pitch Competition Involves Three Steps

Apply online

Expert review and finalist selection

Live pitch finale

Winners will be Selected in 3 Categories

(Plus a bonus 5K for Best Youth-led Startup!)

Applicants can apply to more than one category.

1. Social Enterprise

Applicants in this category are driven changemakers, looking to advance social, environmental, or community economic goals via their revenue-generating business.

2. Technology Startup

Applicants in this category have a business idea that involves new technology product development or product improvement. This includes but is not limited to the novel creation, application or improvement of a technology-based business idea in the areas of advanced materials and manufacturing, robotics, engineering, life science, industrial internet of things, information & communications technology, etc.

3. Creative Industry Startup

Applicants in this category are artists, designers, creators, and cultural entrepreneurs. This category is for those who create new cultural products, firms and markets that create new economic and cultural value.

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Watch this space. Judges will be announced soon.

Judging Criteria:

The finalists will be asked to deliver a 3 minute pitch. The pitch will be followed by a 4 minute Q&A session with the judging panel. Pitches will be evaluated on:
Strength of Entrepreneur / Team
Size of the Opportunity / Competitive Environment
Product / Technology
Business Stage
Marketing / Sales / Partnerships
Ability to Access Financing to Achieve Milestones

Are You Eligible?

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Companies must be geographically located in Caledon, Brampton, Mississauga, Etobicoke or Oakville, or be working with entrepreneurship programs at Sheridan, Humber or the University of Toronto Mississauga.
  • Must be a registered business in Ontario.
  • Priority will be given to companies that have been operating for three years or less.
  • Applications must be complete.
  • Past applicants to UYBI may apply, but past finalists are ineligible.
  • Applicants may enter more than one category.  However, should they be selected as a finalist, applicants will only be invited to pitch in the category for which they rank the highest.
  • A non-refundable registration fee of $25 is required for each submission.

For full competition rules click here

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Important Dates:

NOV 30th, 2017: Applications Open
FEB 1st, 2018: Applications Close
FEB 22nd, 2018: Finalists Announced
MAR 22nd, 2018: Live Pitch Finale


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How to Enter

All applicants must submit the application requirements online by 5 p.m. Thursday February 1, 2018.

  1. Tell us about your business or social enterprise

  2. Tell us about your team

  3. Upload a pitch deck. Files must be in pdf format, with a maximum size of 8 MB. Want to know how to make a pitch deck? Click here!

  4. Link to a pitch video (optional)

  5. Submit your non-refundable $25 application fee

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Contact Us!

Have questions? Want more information?

Entrepreneurship Hub - Room B290, Sheridan College - Hazel McCallion Campus, 4180 Duke of York Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5B 0G5
Sunday Closed Monday 12-5pm Tuesday 12-5pm Wednesday 12-5pm Thursday 12-5pm Friday Closed Saturday Closed

Unlock Your Big Idea is brought to you by
the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs Partners in Peel

Sheridan College