Get Ready for #UYBIPitch2018 - March 22, 2018

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.

Each category has a $10,000 prize!

Meet Our Judges

We are pleased to introduce our esteemed judging panel for this year’s Unlock Your Big Idea Pitch Competition.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie
Mayor of Mississauga
In 2014, Bonnie Crombie was elected Mayor of Mississauga. Building regionally-integrated transit, igniting new economic development opportunities, and creating a more open, engaging and inclusive city, have been Mayor Crombie’s leading policy priorities for Mississauga. Mayor Crombie worked with Council to secure full-funding for the Hurontario-Main Light Rail Transit (LRT), the largest infrastructure project in Mississauga history. Mayor Crombie serves as honorary chair of the Mississauga International Partnership Program Committee (MIPP), a new working group committed to leveraging Mississauga’s cultural diversity and international contacts to attract foreign-direct investment. Mayor Crombie launched the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Taskforce, which brings together leaders from business, the public sector and academia, to identify strategies to further transform Mississauga into a thriving hub for innovation, entrepreneurship and capital investment. During Mayor Crombie’s first year, she formed the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Poverty and Homelessness which has a mandate to find practical solutions to combat homelessness, hunger, poverty, and address affordable housing challenges. Mayor Crombie is also a Director with Enersource, a local energy provider which serves 200,000 residential and commercial customers across Mississauga. Mayor Crombie was a member of the Peel Regional Police Services Board, where she led the way to bring an end to the practice of street checks (carding). Prior to her election, Mayor Crombie served as the Ward 5 City Councillor, and previous to that, as Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville. Before entering public service, Mayor Crombie enjoyed a twenty-year career in business.
David Soo
IT Professional, Entrepreneur
David is a public sector IT professional and avid community builder within the Canadian tech and hackathon environment. He delivered the first two Hackathons for the City of Mississauga and volunteers as a Tech Social Organizer for the global non-profit organization, HackerNest. Also an entrepreneur at heart, David is a multi-disciplinary creative engaged in projects that leverage his cross-pollination of tech, marketing, and design experience.
Shatha Qaqish-Clavering
Portfolio Manager - Greenhouse Gas Program, Ontario Centres of Excellence
Shatha has a Ph.D. in chemistry and a decade of experience in innovation, commercialization and investment analysis. At Ontario Centres of Excellence, Shatha manages programs directed to reduce green house gas emissions. She interacts with companies to understand their emissions strategy and helps them take part of the OCE programs. Prior to joining OCE, Shatha worked as a business development lead for Xerox Research Centre of Canada, where her role was to connect start-ups with the centre. Shatha was also a manager at MaRS Innovation, where she executed license deals of over $1 million of early stage technologies. She also spun off an IT based company in Toronto and raised private investment. In addition, Shatha secured over $2 million in non-dilutive funding to commercialize new innovations. She is an active panelist and speaker at events, she is also an Expert Reviewer with the Ontario Centres of Excellence, a pitch judge with the Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) and a mentor at Futurpreneur. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Khaled Iwamura
Founder of InSauga, InBrampton, and InHalton
Khaled Iwamura, is the founder of insauga.com and www.inbrampton.com, TV host, MC and a part-time pro wrestler. insauga.com and www.inbrampton.com are edgy news, food, lifestyle and entertainment websites that have quickly become the biggest media companies in the GTA, reaching 25 million people in 2016. Insauga overtook the Mississauga News in readership in the five short years since its 2012 inception. www.inbrampton.com has become the biggest digital media company within just an astonishing two months since it launched. Insauga.com is now one of the biggest city websites in Canada and has the largest social media following in Mississauga. He also hosts insauga's popular live TV show--which airs on RogersTV--at Celebration Square every Thursday night over the summer and in the studio in the winter season for the last 4 years straight. This summer he is starting a new talk show concept by creating a new Facebook Live only talk show that can be seen anywhere in the world. It will be a Canadian Talk Show with the backdrop on Mississauga that will be shot at Celebration Square. It will be Canada’s first Facebook Live only talk show. He also was the moderator of the first Live Mayoral Debate at the Living Arts Centre in 2014. Khaled has emceed major city events at Celebration Square including New Years Eve (30,000 people), Sound Bites Music Festival (25,000 people), Sauga Block Party (10,000 people) and Japan Festival Canada (40,000 people). He sits on the Board of Directors of Legends Row, Japan Festival Canada and The Living Art Centre.

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

Important Dates:

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


Get Ready for #UYBIPitch2018 - March 22, 2018

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Entrepreneurship Hub - Room B290, Sheridan College - Hazel McCallion Campus, 4180 Duke of York Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5B 0G5
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Unlock Your Big Idea is brought to you by
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