Holiday Pitch Competition

Are you a student with an innovative business idea? Our Holiday Pitch Competition was made for you!  Through this competition, you will receive the opportunity to win money to grow your idea, and meet potential mentors as well as like-minded peers to provide you the support you need through your entrepreneurial journey.

Date: December 4, 2018 

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

Location: Saint Mary’s University, CLARI Space, Atrium 340 

Note: You do not need to have an operating business to participate, just an idea! Reach out to [email protected] if you have ANY questions.

Below are the requirements to participate in the Holiday Pitch Competition:

 

  • 2 minute presentation on your business idea
  • No more than two people presenting, you will not be given extra time with addition presenters
  • Enrolled in a Spark Zone Partner school (e.g. Saint Mary’s University, Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, King’s College, Mount Saint Vincent University, Atlantic School of Theology)
  • Complete the Holiday Pitch Competition registration form below

The awards available for this competition are listed below: 

First Place

Prize awarded:

  • Seed funding of $750 to support the development of your business
  • Free entry to the Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference
  • Business cards (design and printing of 50 cards per team member)

Support provided:

  • Access to a free consulting session with Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre team
  • Access to the Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre’s professional network

 

Second Place

Prize awarded:

  • Seed funding of $500 to support the development of your business
  • Free entry to the Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference
  • Business cards

Support provided:  

  • Access to a free consulting session with Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre team
  • Access to the Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre’s professional network

 

Third Place

Prize awarded:

  • Seed funding of $250 to support the development of your business
  • Business Cards

Support provided:  

  • Access to a free consulting session with Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre team
  • Access to the Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre’s professional network

In 2017 we launched our first Holiday Pitch Competition with seven amazing students, who shared their innovative business ideas. Three outstanding individuals walked away with the investment and support they needed to move their business forward! 

 

Here are our winners:

Jake Arsenault: Creative Urban Timber 

Creative Urban Timber (CUT) is a social enterprise that handcrafts live edge furniture and home accessories from reclaimed Nova Scotian hardwood.To learn more about where Creative Urban Timber is today visit: www.creativeurbantimber.com

Charles Milton: SMART Cart 

SMART cart is an innovative approach to the traditional cart. This innovation is aimed at bringing ease to shoppers and industries. 

 

Matt Smith: Coastal Running Company 

Coastal Running Company is a Nova Scotia-based running apparel company that gives back to ocean cleanup and conservation. To learn more about Coastal Running Company visit: https://www.facebook.com/coastalrunco/

 

The Registration for the 2018 Holiday Pitch Competition is now closed. 

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