About Pitch'Day

Pitch'Day is a dynamic event that allows anyone with a business idea to deliver two-minute pitches to an expert panel of judges and an audience from Winnipeg's entrepreneurship and innovation communities.

Pitch. Validate. Connect.

Pitch’Day 2012, 2013, 2014 and Pitch'Day capital graphic-112Thousand2015 participants have gone on to accelerate their growth at Launch’Pad and Venture’Challenge, as well as raise angel investments and earn local and international recognition!

Pitch’Day is a must attend event for entrepreneurs looking to kick-start their ventures, and investors and others looking to learn about up-and-coming entrepreneurs and innovators in Manitoba.

Enjoy the competition!

  • Witness the future stars of Manitoba’s startup scene compete for cash, prizes and glory in Manitoba’s most exciting quick-pitch competition.
  • Join the over 200 individuals that will be in attendance.
  • Connect with Manitoba entrepreneurship and innovation communities.
  • Enjoy great food and a cash bar!


1st Place: $7,500
2nd Place: $2,500
People’s Choice: $1,000
Best Student Pitch: $500
Best Research Pitch: $500
Best Technology Pitch: $500
Best New Product Pitch: $500
Best Social Innovation Pitch: TBD

ALL THE ABOVE WINNERS RECEIVE: Complimentary entry into Innovate Manitoba’s Launch’Pad Startup Skills Workshop ($225 value).

Who Should Attend?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to kick-start their ventures
  • Investors seeking Manitoba’s most promising startups
  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, or new business and investment opportunities!

How Do I Participate?

Anyone with a business idea can apply to compete, subject to the eligibility requirements set out below. The deadline for applications is midnight, Monday, November 14, 2016. A Preliminary Round will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, from which the top 15 ideas/pitches will be selected by a panel of judges to participate in Pitch’Day on November 24, 2016. Competitors will have a maximum of 2 minutes to pitch their idea and will receive up to 5 minutes of Q&A from the panel of judges in both the Preliminary Round and the Pitch’Day Finals.

Anyone interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, new business startups or investment opportunities can attend to watch the pitches on November 24, 2016 and vote on the “People’s Choice Award” for best pitch. Simply register to attend below.

Dates & Registration

Apply to compete at Pitch'Day

Nov 24, 2016
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Application to Pitch: $75.00

RBC Convention Centre
375 York Ave
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Further Details

Not incorporated
Less than 12 months
12 to 24 months
More than 24 months

Less than 12 months
12 to 24 months
More than 24 months




20 years or less
21 years to 30 years
31 years to 40 years
Over 40 years

Application Deadline: Midnight, Monday, November 14, 2016
Preliminary Round Pitches: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (details below)

Register to Attend Pitch'Day

Nov 24, 2016
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm


RBC Convention Centre
375 York Ave
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Pitch'Day Judging Panel

This panel of judges will provide questions, advice, and feedback to Pitch’Day competitors in front of the entire Pitch’Day audience.
Mike Fata

Mike Fata

CEO & Co-founder, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods

Since 1998, Mike has run all aspects of Manitoba Harvest, which he recently sold (a majority of the company) for $132.5 million but remains as CEO. Previously, he spent five years in extensive studies of diet and nutrition as he made the life changing decision to lose over 100lbs and go from 300lbs to his current 185lbs. This remarkable accomplishment has given him an excellent knowledge of human anatomy, diet and nutrition and a motivation which allows him to speak to professional groups on improving health and well-being.

Mike has won numerous business awards including Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2004), Socially Responsible Business Award (2006), Company of the Year (2010), CHFA Organic Achievement Award (2010), Spirit of Winnipeg (2014) and CME Emerging Business Award (2014). As well, he has guided Manitoba Harvest to be on the Profit 100 list of fastest growing companies in Canada four of the past five years. Mike has been on television, radio and quoted in newspapers and magazines regarding hemp foods, nutrition and sustainable business.

Mike currently is a Director & Treasurer of the Canadian Organic Trade Association, as well as Director & Treasurer of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Manitoba. Mike has served as a Director of the Manitoba Food Processors Association and Director and President of the Canadian Hemp Trade Association. Mike lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his beautiful wife Autumn and two healthy and happy children Roan and Rain Fata.

Barb Gamey

Barb Gamey

President & CEO, Payworks

Barb Gamey is cofounder, President and CEO of Payworks, a national workforce management service provider, offering cloud-based payroll, HR, and time management solutions to businesses of all sizes across Canada. Payworks was named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Barb has been honoured with awards for her entrepreneurial work, most recently when she was named by Women of Influence Inc. as the winner of the Momentum Award at the 2012 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards (CWEA). Barb was also named to the Profit W100 in 2009.

Barb is dedicated to community involvement. Among other commitments, she is the President of Southwood Golf & Country Club and the Chair of the Prairie Theatre Exchange Foundation, actively fundraises for the Assiniboine Park Conservancy and Special Olympics Manitoba, participates extensively with the United Way of Winnipeg, and is the former Chair of the Women’s Enterprise Centre.

Matt Golden

Matt Golden

Founder and Managing Partner of Golden Venture Partners

Matt Golden is the founder and Managing Partner of Golden Venture Partners, a seed and early stage venture capital fund working with disruptive, mobile-focused companies. Current investments include Wattpad, Yesware, TopHat, Joist and Navdy.

Matt has extensive experience as a mobile entrepreneur and investor. Prior to Golden Venture Partners, he was a partner with the BlackBerry Partners Fund.  He also co-founded Tira Wireless, an industry leader in mobile content technologies and publishing.  Earlier in his career, Matt held senior roles at Brightspark and was an associate at the law firm Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s LLB/MBA program. He is a frequent speaker at mobile and venture capital events. You can follow Matt on twitter at @mattgoldenvp.

Master of Ceremonies

Greg Mackling

Greg Mackling

Greg is back by popular demand as Pitch’Day MC for the third consecutive year.  As an Entrepreneur since his early teens, at his core, Greg embodies an entrepreneurial spirit.
He currently devotes much of his time to property development and management. A repatriated Manitoban three times over, Greg’s work on CJOB Radio is dedicated to highlighting those who make a difference not only for themselves, but other Manitobans. As a one time victim of the “dragons den” taken to task by the dragons of industry, he promises to respectfully MC Pitch’Day 2016.

Pitch'Day Schedule

Pitch'Day takes place in Room 2E and 2F on the second floor of the RBC Convention Centre on November 24, 2016.
Registration: 4:00 pm
Round One Pitches: 4:30 pm
Refreshment Break: 6:00 pm
Round Two Pitches: 6:30 pm
Judges Deliberate & Networking Break: 7:30 pm
Awards Presentation: 8:00 pm


Pitch'Day is awesome! But don't take it from us - see what a few past Pitch'Day participants have to say!



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“If we didn’t have these opportunities for both idea and business validation, as well as the cash support, it would be much more difficult starting up and understanding where your idea fits within the market.”

~ Matt Doak, Founder of BecomeTheGamer and 2nd place winner at Pitch’Day 2014 and 3rd place winner at Venture’Challenge 2015




“This event is definitely going to help us get to market faster.  Pitch’Day was pivotal for FarmTrack Technologies.”

~ Chris Karasewich, Co-founder of FarmTrack Technologies and 1st place winner at Pitch’Day 2014.

Previous Pitch'Days

See past Pitch’Day pitches and more!

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Rules and Regulations

Key dates

Monday, November 14, 2016: Application deadline

Wednesday, November 16, 2016:

Preliminary Round,  taking place from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Room P107 at Red River College (Exchange District Campus, The Roblin Centre, 160 Princess St.)
Friday, November 18, 2016: Pitch’Day Finalists are announced and notified.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 The Pitch Schedule will be posted on the Innovate Manitoba website.
Thursday, November 24, 2016: Pitch’Day  finals take place.


Competition Eligibility

  1. The competition is open to individuals with startup business ideas and early-stage businesses, and includes new business ideas generated by existing businesses.
  2. You must have less than 6 months OR less than $25,000 in revenue related to the business idea being pitched.
  3. You must have been incorporated for less than 2 years.
  4. You must own, or have, or can acquire the legal right to commercialize the business idea being pitched.
  5. The competition is not open to franchised businesses, traditional retail or services businesses, real property related businesses, or home-based businesses (although in the short term the business may be run out of a home).
  6. You must complete and submit the online application form and pay the registration fee prior to the registration deadline of midnight on Monday, November 14, 2016. All applications not accepted will be provided a refund of $40, and will be entitled to admission to Pitch’Day on November 24.
  7. All entries are subject to filing a completed application form and payment of the entry fee prior to the application deadline.
  8. All qualifying applicants will be required to pitch in the Pitch’Day Preliminary Round on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in Room P107 at Red River College (Exchange District Campus, The Roblin Centre, 160 Princess St.) from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
  9. The top 15 competitors chosen from the Preliminary Round will then proceed to the Finals at Pitch’Day on November 24, 2016 at the RBC Convention Centre.


  1. Each pitch is judged based on the commercial potential of the idea (70%) and presentation quality (30%).
  2. Factors that should be addressed include (i) what the market problem is (ii) how big the problem is (iii) how your idea solves the problem (iv) who your competitors are (v) why your solution is better (vi) how you will make money, and (vii) who’s on your team. Overall, the judges need to be left with the impression that your business idea is likely to be feasible and scalable.
  3. Judges, consisting of entrepreneurs and investors experienced in the entrepreneurial process, through their questions will help you better understand your idea’s business potential.


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