Unlock Your Big Idea Pitch Competition Awards $60,000 at Live Pitch Finale

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) Partners in Peel collaborates to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.

Mississauga, Ontario – The Unlock Your Big Idea Pitch Competition winners were revealed at the Live Pitch Finale on Thursday, May 5, 2016. The University of Toronto’s Mississauga Campus hosted the finale where fourteen finalists, chosen from over 160 applications, pitched their innovative ideas to win over $60,000 in prizes across five categories.

Five winners and five runners-up were announced by a judging panel composed of Dan Sinai from IBM Canada, Heather Arthur from Rogers Communications, Karen Grant from Angel One Investor Network, Matt Schnarr from Awake Chocolates, Michael List from Ormston List Frawley LLP, Sean Stanleigh from The Globe and Mail and Stephen Beney from Bereskin & Parr.

The winners in each of the five categories are as follows:

  1. Best Innovation for Tech Business
    • Winner: ParticipAid
    • Runner up: Dash MD
  2. Best Disruptive Innovation
    • Winner: Medella Health
    • Runner up: insTecBio
  3. Best Innovation for Small Business
    • Winner: Oneiric Hockey
    • Runner up: BridesMade
  4. Best “Investment Ready” Company
    • Winner: Suncayr
    • Runner up: U-Dimensions
  5. Audience Choice
    • Winner: Dash MD
    • Runner up: Oneiric Hockey

The Unlock Your Big Idea Pitch Competition was created to give startups the opportunity to compete with entrepreneurs across the Western GTA, pitch to an esteemed panel of judges, and win cash prizes as well as mentorship through the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs. This competition reflects the community commitment to support innovation and entrepreneurship for economic prosperity.

The competition is delivered in partnership with the Peel members of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, including HumberLaunch, the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre, I-CUBE – University of Toronto Mississauga, the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre, and the Altitude Accelerator. The program is supported by the Campus Linked Accelerator program through the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

About Altitude Accelerator

Peel Region’s hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, the Research Innovation Commercialization (RIC) Centre, co-located with Xerox Research Centre of Canada, is a not-for-profit organization supporting the development of innovation and entrepreneurship in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Altitude Accelerator offers a comprehensive range of support services for free, including mentorship and advisory serviceshands-on workshops and networking events to help entrepreneurs fast-track their business to market. Altitude Accelerator hosts a six-month Incubator program to help startups define their path to market by exploring and securing partnerships that will open access to capital, connections and paying customers.

For more information:

Amarpreet Kaur
Operations Manager, Altitude Accelerator
289-373-3050 ex. 204
amarpreet.kaur@riccentre.com

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