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Sauga Startup Pitch

December 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sheridan EDGE and ICUBE, UTM, & MBEC have partnered to present our flagship Pitch Competition.

The Sauga Startup Pitch marks the partnership between Sheridan College’s EDGE Entrepreneurship Hub, ICube, UTM, & the Mississauga Business Enterprise Centre (MBEC) to offer advanced ventures an opportunity to deliver an investor pitch while presenting their innovative concepts.

This event is open to the public and will be of particular interest to entrepreneurs and ventures that are still getting started, will give you live examples of how the pitching process works, and what to expect from investors and interested parties.


Judging Panel

Dony ZaidiCheckmate Capital

Dennis Zaidi is Managing Director of Checkmate Capital. Mr. Zaidi is also a seasoned entrepreneur and currently advises a diverse portfolio of startups on matters related to corporate finance and capital structure. Mr. Zaidi is an official advisor to the Holt Accelerator and Lozard Institute Startup Incubator.

Prior to joining Checkmate, Mr. Zaidi was the architect of three successful exits including his work as managing partner of Balsam Lake Green Energy, a 6MW solar energy facility in Ontario, Canada that was developed then sold to Panasonic sponsored private equity firm Coronal Group. Mr. Zaidi is a passionate live long learner with executive education at Harvard Business School (Negotiation Mastery), Oxford’s Saïd Business School (Fintech) as well as recently completing an Executive Master’s degree (MSc) from HEC Paris in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, currently ranked the #1 business school in the world for executive education.

Mallory MckewenBusiness Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

Mallory McKewen supports entrepreneurs with financing and advisory as a Senior Account Manager for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Mallory is immersed in the ecosystem, and prior to working with entrepreneurs through BDC she was an entrepreneur herself. Mallory founded and previously led BridesMade, an innovative e-commerce platform which disrupts the wedding industry.

She has graduated from Communitech’s Fierce Founders Bootcampootcamp & accelerator, AC Jumpstart, Innovation Guelph’s Rhyze Ventures, and has both participated in and mentored entrepreneurs involved with Laurier’s Launchpad program. In terms of formal education, she graduated from the Laurier MBA program in 2014. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Mallory to discuss funding roadmap planning, women in entrepreneurship, growth strategies, or just to have a coffee chat.

Jon FrenchUniversity of Toronto

Jon French is the Director, University of Toronto Entrepreneurship (UTE). As the Director of UTE, Jon supports the continued success of ICUBE and the university’s ten other entrepreneurship initiatives, along with oversight of the UTE team and ONRamp – a 15,000 sf facility that hosts numerous initiatives and supports a growing community of entrepreneurs and startups. Jon joined U of T from NEXT Canada (formerly Next 36), where he was the Senior Director, Global Recruitment, Community and Alumni.

Jon had been with NEXT since 2011 and helped the organization expand into a nationally and internationally recognized network that supports Canadian innovators and entrepreneurs. He was involved in launching NextAI, an accelerator focused on artificial intelligence-enabled startups and he also led the NEXT alumni engagement strategy.

He has held volunteer positions with Right to Play, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Foundation, Venture for Canada and has been a Board Member of DECA and the Canadian Association for Career Educators & Employers. He loves hiking, tennis and ultimate frisbee.


This is a free event. Seats are limited. Register now to save your spot!

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December 16, 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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