Ideation Lab Pitch Competition

August 21st, 2024
6:00PM – 7:30PM EST
@ Online via Zoom
Application window: July 31st to August 9th

$5,000 in cash prizes!

Join us from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on August 21st, 2024, for the Ideation Lab Pitch Competition!

ICUBE at UTM is proud to celebrate stellar innovation from an incredible array of diverse founders within our student, alumni, and regional community. We are also excited to honour the work of many founders through the Ideation Lab across other sectors at this dynamic competition. Be sure to join us virtually to see examples of how the pitching process works and understand what to expect from investors and interested parties. And don’t forget that you can cast your vote and make a difference by helping to determine the People’s Choice recognitions for the evening


Eligibility Criteria

  • Member of the Summer 2024 Ideation Lab
  • Successfully completed the first 2 mandatory in-person sessions as part of the program requirement, plus attended 4 of 6 remaining workshops

Judging Criteria

The panel of judges will be looking for the venture’s:

  • Opportunity: A clearly identified problem and articulated and compelling value proposition
  • Viability and impact: Demonstrated traction, market opportunity and knowledge
  • Growth potential: Sustainable and scalable idea
  • Innovation: Intellectual property and/or strong competitive differentiation
  • Talent: A strong team
  • Communication skills: An effective and persuasive overall application and pitch presentation


  • $3,000 –  First Place
  • $1,500 –  Second Place
  • $500 — People’s Choice Award

Apply @ Ideation Lab S'24 Pitch Competition

Applications will open July 31st!

The Ideation Lab competition supports promising ICUBE startups and social enterprises in the current cohort to achieve their business goals by providing funding as they move from validated concept to market entry and beyond.

ICUBE is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive entrepreneurial community for their members and encourages applications from all eligible and qualified individuals, including racialized persons, Indigenous People, women and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), we are committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities.

Please contact if you require accommodation at any stage of the application process.

Section 1: Eligibility

Full Name(Required)
Please state all your current venture’s social media handles, if not applicable please state “N/A”
Eligibility - Check all that apply(Required)
Legal Structure(Required)

Section 2: About your Venture

Is your venture a social enterprise?(Required)

Section 3: Team

Section 4: Progress

Section 5: Plan

Section 6: Document Submission

Advice on how to complete your slide deck can be found at Please ensure that your recording does not exceed four minutes. Any platform you choose to film the recording may be accepted (e.g. ZOOM, MS Teams, etc), so long as we can access and download the uploaded file. ***IMPORTANT:*** We should be able to download the 5 minute recorded pitch in mp4 version.

Indigenous business training program created by RedBird Circle Inc. in partnership with UofT Libraries, ICUBE UTM and The Bridge at UTSC

An experiential learning program that follows the school 3 semesters schedule, for anyone with a great idea who wants to make it happen.

A boutique-style remote program to support your business development and help you grow through one-on-one support. This program is open all year.

A student-led creative studio with intends to serve the prototyping and design needs of our ventures and small businesses in our community.

This 2-day retreat is designed to help you reflect on your journey, what drives you, all the hats you wear and what is next for you and your social enterprise.