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!

Prizes

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

 

In addition to the above cash prizes the following in-kind prizes will be awarded:

First Place:

  • $2,500 in services to include business advisory, accounting or tax compliance/planning services from PKBW Group. 
  • $600 in legal services from TDS Law.

Second Place:

  • $400 in legal services from TDS Law.

All the above winners receive:

  • 6 months of free banking from The Royal Bank of Canada.
  • 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

Online registration is now closed but we welcome onsite registration at 4:00 pm.

Nov 24, 2016 • 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Application to Pitch: $75.00
Audience: $35.00

RBC Convention Centre
375 York Ave, Winnipeg
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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.
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.

Mark Evans

Mark Evans

Founder, Emerging Information Systems.

Mark Evans founded Emerging Information Systems Inc. in 1990 and went on to build the company into the largest supplier of financial planning software in the world. He engineered the sale of EISI in the fall of 2011 in a deal which created several millionaires and made many of its 200 employee shareholders very well off. Mark received his PhD in 1988 from the University of Manitoba and was a member of the faculty in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba from 1984-1997. Mark was selected as the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology in Western Canada in 2003 and the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004 by Manitoba Business magazine.

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.

Master of Ceremonies

We are pleased to welcome a two-time Pitch’Day veteran Bryce North as the Master of Ceremonies for this year’s event.
Bryce North

Bryce North

Bryce first presented at Pitch’Day in 2012 where he won Best Technology Pitch for Advolve Media. Bryce took home the first-place award at last year’s Pitch’Day with TrapTap. TrapTap is a completely legal, handsfree, speed trap indicator with pre-mapped red light cameras/school zones and community mapped radar traps/road hazards.

These days Bryce is focusing most of his energy on TrapTap. Bryce and his co-founders launched a Kickstarter campaign for TrapTap in March 2016 (only four months after Pitch’Day) hoping to raise $80,000 US, and closed the campaign in May, having raised over $373,000 US and selling over 5,000 units.. The team spent the past year setting up manufacturing and distribution systems to fulfill their Kickstarter orders, and are now focused on closing retail deals and scaling manufacturing. 

Bryce graduated from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba with a B.Comm. (Hons.) degree with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. He launched his first business in 2010 when he was still in school, and his second business, Advolve Media, in the year he graduated.

Bryce is a veteran presenter, and not just through Pitch’Day. In addition to winning several competitions while still in business school, Bryce was a Regional Winner of the Globe and Mail / Telus Corp Small Business Challenge Contest, a winner of the Fundica Funding Roadshow, a finalist of the National Angel Investor Organization Most Promising Startup award, winner of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce 2014 Spirit Awards in the Startup Business Category, and North American Region finalist of “Get in the Ring”, the Global Startup Competition.

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 2016 Presenters

Final List of Pitch'Day 2016 Presenters (In Presentation Order)

Winnipeg Solar Exposure
Basir Jamshidi

WSE offers quality solar-powered door plate numbers designed to help Police, Fire department, Ambulance, Taxi, courier personnel and others to locate your address with ease at night. Absolutely eco-friendly and powered with renewable energy.

Art of Dying Inc.
Pamela Hunter
You will die. Are you ready for a good death? Art of Dying Inc. offers a multivalent approach designed to create a new blueprint for our final exit.

Beyond VR
Eric Steinke and Ian Wilison
Beyond VR streams premium cinematic virtual reality experiences through mobile devices offering people experiences they would otherwise never live.

Afriket
Lester Aidoo and Orubite Boma
Afriket is an online African retail store which fosters a culture of making African merchandise readily available to everyone in Canada.

AutoTextDriver
Dan East
AutoTextDriver helps your customers reach your sales staff faster than ever. We make interaction as easy as pressing a button. Our software also helps target high-potential clients, guide sales conversations, and directly answer customers’ concerns. This expands your sales base and helps you accelerate conversion rates. AutoTextDriver is built to work with and enhance existing CRM systems and are multi-platform.

BoostBuddy
Logan Daly-Doersam
Bringing the Emergency Roadside Assistance Industry into modern times, BoostBuddy is a Mobile Application that taps into the On-Demand Economy by providing immediate service to stranded motorists; CAA has never felt slower.

Prairie Grain Analyzers
Mehrdad Bagherzamani and Kaveh Mohammad
My company will create affordable, accurate, and state of the art whole grain analyzers for small farmers. With over 60,000 grain farmers in Canada alone, the need for my product is great and will result in farmers saving time and money.

VOLC Motor Co.
Kevin Reaburn and Kelly Edwards
VOLC Motor Co is Canada’s newest and most innovative used car dealership. Our mission is to target Canada’s largest untouched consignment market next to real estate.

Teku Inc.
Dylan Asmundson and Kyle Jagassar
Teku is the Uber of phone repair. We’re Canada’s quick, affordable, and certified on-demand smart device support. We repair, automate, and install your smart technology, like a cracked phone screen. We come to you anywhere, 24/7.

Callia
Catherine Metrycki
Callia is disrupting the consumer floral market by selling standardized packages direct from the manufacturer to customer. This innovative, digital operational model is coupled with luxury branding in a non-branded industry to deliver an easier, higher quality and better value experience. 

Genuwave Imaging Technologies
Cameron Kaye
EMbrace: an inexpensive, portable knee joint imaging device for sideline assessment of injured athletes. The comfortable conformal device utilizes safe, low-power microwave imaging to collect data about ligament tears, and utilizes cloud-based diagnostic software for fast evaluation to localize and detect the severity of an injury.

MedicHero
Luc Bohunicky
MedicHero is the first all-in-one mobile software medics use to improve pre-hospital patient care. Our mission is to refine the role of mobile technology in Emergency Healthcare.

AT Now
Mike Arnold
AT Now is a mobile education app that connects students with expert tutors through a shared whiteboard and a VOIP calling function. Students can upload a picture of their problem and be instantly connected to a subject matter expert using their phone or tablet.

DOSA: Database of Skilled Agents
Carissa Slijker and Giada Romio
DoSA is a Database of Skilled Agents – (workers, job-seekers). Businesses access this growing database to hire workers for long term, or for one-shift when they need an extra hand.

Northern Bionics
Matthew Gale
We have developed an affordable myoelectrically controlled hand prosthesis for children using metal 3D printing and open source electronics to dramatically reduce the price of this device to less than $5000.

Crowdscriber Inc.
Craig Tataryn
Crowdscriber is the smartest and most effective way to get more people to watch your videos. We take the cumbersome, expensive and boring — but proven — process of subtitling YouTube videos and make it fast, affordable and fun. Our proprietary software splits up your video into small lots of chunks and distributes them to the Crowd. Subtitles are uploaded directly to YouTube enabling Google to “read” the video just like it would a blog driving viewership through free organic search traffic.

Testimonials

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

 


 

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“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

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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.

Judging

  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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