Discovery is Canada’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. Hosted by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Discovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities.
Participate in one of the many competitions taking place throughout the conference.
Monday, May 12, 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Talent Theatre
Investors can spot a good business pitch in roughly the time it takes to ride an elevator. Discovery’s Elevator Pitch Competition provides an opportunity for young entrepreneurs (aged 29 and under) with idea-stage companies to perfect the art of the pitch and take their business concept to the next level.
Tell us about your winning business idea in a two-minute pitch video and business summary to enter. Capture our attention and you could be one of 10 finalists invited to attend Pitch School at Discovery and have the opportunity to pitch your business concept to an expert panel of judges. The winning pitch will be awarded $5,000 to help bring the business idea to life.
How the Award Works
One winner receives $5,000 to help validate their business concept.
How to Apply
To enter, please upload your two-minute video pitch to YouTube and submit a one-page summary to Martin Croteau no later than Friday, April 11, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Your submission should address the five aspects outlined in this guide.
- Idea stage companies that need money and expert services to help validate their concept and take it to the next level
- Youth 29 and under, or teams that include a youth
|Thursday, March 6, 2014||Call for submissions|
|Friday, April 11, 2014 – 4 p.m.||Video pitch and summary submissions due|
|Friday, April 25, 2014||Top 10 finalists are notified|
|Monday, May 12, 2014||Finalists attend Pitch School at Discovery|
|Monday, May 12, 2014||Finalists pitch at Discovery|
|Tuesday, May 13, 2014||Winner is announced at Discovery luncheon|
- Entries are evaluated by OCE staff based on the five aspects of the pitch video and summary.
- The top 10 finalists will be invited to attend Pitch School and make a two-minute pitch to an expert panel at Discovery 14.
- No props or visual aids will be permitted during the presentation, and only one member of each finalist team will deliver the pitch.
- Pitches are evaluated on style (body language/charisma, clarity, articulation, passion) and content (five aspects of the pitch).
- The expert panel will choose the winner of the contest who will be presented with the award at the Discovery luncheon on May 13, 2014.
For more information on the Elevator Pitch Competition and to submit your entry, please contact:
Director, Academic Entrepreneurship
(416) 861 1092 x3240