DATE

Monday March 8, 2021

TIME

5:30PM ~ 7:30PM

– PITCH 2021 –

PITCH showcases innovation and entrepreneurship from University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and our greater community. Focusing on early-stage ventures, we bring together innovators from a variety of sectors to pitch their businesses for cash prizes and in-kind support.
Join us on March 8th, 2021 for our second PITCH, International Women’s Month Edition, to stand in support of women entrepreneurs at a competition that promises to break down barriers and reward great ideas from diverse voices.
With a panel of women-identifying judges and all the people pitching will be women-identifying, coming in from two streams of ideas and early stage startups, come celebrate creativity and entrepreneurship for all. Learn from amazing speakers sharing their experiences, network with great companies, and witness exciting pitches as companies compete at the hub of entrepreneurship in action.

$10,000 IN CASH PRIZES!

+ $10,000 in in-kind legal services from Cassels – Canadian Corporate Law Firm

– Categories –

Early stage

Do you have a business idea that will change the world for better? If you have an idea that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals then you should apply here!

Eligibility Criteria:
- This competition is for individuals that identify as women
- Registrants must be a student or alumni of the University of Toronto or Sheridan College; OR participants of EDGE or any of the U of T CLA/Incubator programs.
- Product or service idea must not be in the market (pre-launch)
- Less than $25k in investments or grants

All finalists must be able to:

  • Attend a Pitch preparation workshop on February 10 at 10 am.
  • Available for primary round judging on February 19th 4 – 6:30 pm
  • Available to present on March 8th as a finalist
  • U of T students and alumni are strongly encouraged to register and complete the free UTE IP Education Program – Level 1 modules (~2 hours) before the competition.

Later stage

If you are the founder of co-founder of an early-stage start-up that aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals then you should apply here!

Eligibility Criteria:
- Must have a self-identified women founder or co-founder
- Must be incorporated in Canada
- Registrants must be a student or alumni of the University of Toronto or Sheridan College; OR participants of EDGE or any of the U of T CLA/Incubator programs.
- Less than $100k in cumulative revenue and/or external investment (Angels, VCs, excluding grants) as of February 1st 2021.

Important Dates:

  • Applications open – January 4th
  • Applications deadline – February 1st
  • Pitch Preparation Workshop – February 10th 
  • Judging – February 19th – 4:00 to 6:30 pm

Kiana ‘rookz’ Eastmond is an award-winning entrepreneur. She is the founder of Sandbox Studios–one of the most successful Urban Music Artist Development and Recording Facilities in Toronto, Canada. Sandbox has opened its doors to A-list celebrities such as Cardi B, Tory Lanez, Kid Ink and many more of the city’s up and coming acts.

Rookz is currently the Executive Director at Manifesto and splits her time, appearing at special events that speak to her expertise while simultaneously serving her community. Not an overnight success, Rookz continues to share her story in hopes of inspiring others to push through adversity, offering strategies and tools to help others rise to success.

She has been featured in The Globe & Mail, ELLE Magazine, The Toronto Star, FLARE and Complex just to name a few. rookz has also partnered with numerous brands such as American Express, Live Nation, Nike, Jordan, Google & YouTube Music.

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