COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS 2015
GlobalStart Pitch Competition
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will hold its first GlobalStart Pitch Competition at Discovery 2016, this year in partnership with the Korea Institute of Startup and Entrepreneurship Development (KISED).
Three Ontario companies will be selected as finalists to compete for an OCE GlobalStart award of $15,000 to help them access the first global market that they have identified. Similarly, three Korean companies will be selected as finalists to compete for an equivalent award to be awarded by KISED.
Innovative, technology-based start-ups from Ontario and Korea that are at the customer validation or customer creation stage are encouraged to apply.
Submission deadline is: April 15, 2016
For full details, please click here.
Go beyond your typical student summer job and turn your idea into a business. Start in June or July and finish by Labour Day. The Summer Company program provides students between 15-29 years old in Ontario up to $3,000, hands-on coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business.The Business Advisory Centre Durham (BACD) manages the Summer Company program.
Submission deadline is: May 6, 2016
The New York Institute for Business and Finance
The Summer Programs are three weeks of high level classes held in New York. Mornings are dedicated to high level classes. Visits of institutions such as the New York Institute for Business and are organized on the afternoons. Meetings and conferences with professionals give students the opportunity to discover Wall Street professional world and to build their network. Fridays and evenings are free, to let students enjoy New York and the US.
Sessions start in both July and August.
For full details, please visit The New York Institute for Business and Finance's website.
SmartStart Seed Fund
The SmartStart Seed Fund is an exciting new opportunity for Ontario's next generation of entrepreneurs to access much-needed funding to take their start-up to the next level. Open to young entrepreneurs from the ages of 18 to 29 and entrepreneurs from the age of 30+, the program provides both seed financing and financing for entrepreneurship skills training to help recipients grow their start-up and make them investment and customer ready.
Submission initiation deadline is: March 16, 2016.
For full details, please click here.
Ontario post-secondary students can win $25,000 for their energy solution
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is now accepting applications to the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge, which awards $25,000 to the winner.
This Year's Theme, "Conservation as a tool to meeting the world's energy challenges":
Energy conservation and demand management (CDM) can play a key part in assisting the world to use energy responsibly and to achieve desired environmental and climate change objectives. The challenge is to develop an easily used and cost-effective CDM system or technology which can be used by a broad spectrum of consumers in Canada or around the world.
Submission deadline: March 18, 2016.
For full details, please visit OCE's website.
Ontario Brain Institute
OBI Entrepreneurs Program
The Ontario Brain Institute’s (OBI) innovative initiative funds and supports scientists (e.g., neurotechnology, science or engineering) in entrepreneurial/commercialization opportunities to helpestablish neuroscience-related companies in the NeuroTech Ontario cluster.
The program provides up to $50,000 over a one-year period to help post-graduate students focus full-time on commercialization activities related to a neuroscience-based opportunity. OBI Entrepreneurs are assigned industry based mentors and a dedicated point of contact at OBI for professional and personal support throughout the year, as well as preparation for follow-on funding.
Submission deadline: March 21, 2016.
For full details, please visit the Ontario Brain Institute's website.
Northumberland, Ontario, Canada’s annual $100,000 startup competition
Through three Rounds (The Pitch, Business Planning and Negotiation) N100 startups compete for a $100,000 convertible note that will support key milestones in their development, such as finalizing a prototype. The competition (which runs every year from March to July) is designed to accelerate high growth potential startups and to position them for follow-on investment. That is why we offer a chance to secure a $100,000 investment.
Submission deadline: March 6, 2016.
For full details, please visit N100's website.
Ontario Centres of Excellence TalentEdge Internship Program
TalentEdge is designed to give the province's students real-world experience and the chance to apply their knowledge and leading-edge expertise to industry problems. It also provides an opportunity for participating companies to gain the benefit of the leading edge skills and knowledge of our college and university students as well as research and development capacity.
Submission deadline: March 14, 2016.
For full details, please visit OCE's website.
Grand Challenges Canada - Deadline is January 22, 2016
2016 Summer Student Program
Gain meaningful, hands-on experience in the diverse, interdisciplinary field of global health through Grand Challenges Canada’s Summer Student Program.
Grand Challenges Canada is looking for passionate and driven individuals for our Summer Student Program. Through this Program, current students and recent graduates from a variety of disciplines can work in one of the following areas:
- Targeted Challenges programs (Saving Lives at Birth, Saving Brains, Global Mental Health)
- Stars in Global Health
For more information and to apply online, visit the Careers Page. Students must apply before January 22, 2016, to be considered for the program.
Global Student Entrepreneur Awards - Deadline is December 31, 2015
- Global Competition
- Qualifying competition held in local city (Jan 1 Toronto) and Final Competition held in Bangkok (May 10-12)
- At the Global Finals, students compete for a prize package of US$20,000 in cash and a total value of over $40,000
- Second place will receive US$10,000
- Third place will receive US$5,000
For more information and to register, please visit: www.gsea.org
First Stone Pitch Event - Application deadline is November 15
The Upper Canada Equity Fund is an early stage equity investment fund based in Picton, Ontario. Administered by the Prince Edward / Lennox & Addington Community Futures Development Corporation, (PELA CFDC), the fund will co-invest over a two year period with First Stone Venture Partners (FSVP) in 25 technology ventures.
Unlike traditional venture capitalists who focus on company sale/exit for investment return, First Stone Venture Partners and PELA CFDC have created a $10 million private-public co-investment model with the goal of building sustainable companies to boost economic diversity in their region.
The Upper Canada Equity Fund will invest in companies that:
- Are in the seed, early, or expansion stage of development
- Require an equity investment between $400-500K
- Operate in knowledge-based industries with high growth potential in areas such as Information Technology, Communications, New Media, Environmental and Energy Technologies, and Biotechnology
Companies interested and available to pitch on November 25th should complete the company application form and submit no later than 15 November 2015 to Victoria Farmer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find the application form here.
Companies invited to pitch will be notified no later than Nov 18, 2015.
Questions on the pitch session and fund may be directed to John MacRitchie at email@example.com
The Next 36 - Application deadline is October 20
The Next 36 provides startups with the combination of seed capital, founder development, workshops, and mentorship. Over the last five years, The Next 36 has supported over 200 young entrepreneurs with over 300 mentors. The opportunity to also receive up to $50,000 in seed capital is another attractive feature of the experience.
- Accessibility Innovation Showcase | Friday, August 7 - Tuesday, August 11, 2015 -
An opportunity for:
- Innovators to showcase and pitch their products while building valuable business networks
- Investors to preview new ready-for-market products
- The public to experience and learn about accessibility technology first-hand
- Located at the MaRS Discovery District, this Showcase features both a public and industry-focused program including: exclusive investment and networking opportunities, interactive demonstrations, kids zone, sports zone, speaker series, hack-a-thon, rapid prototyping and public tours.
FRENCH TECH TICKET
- French Tech Ticket | Due September 15 | FAQ
- The French Tech Ticket is a program designed for non-french entrepreneurs from all over the world who want to set-up their startup in Paris.
- Prize Money: Prize money of €12,500, awarded to each founder, renewable once at the end of the 6 month program
- Resident Permit: Fast-track procedure to obtain a French residence permit.
- Mentoring: Tailored program of events and mentoring sessions to support your startup’s development.
- Landing Pack: A guide to living and working in Paris to help foreign entrepreneurs relocating to the French capital.
- Help Desk: A dedicated contact to help foreign entrepreneurs with administrative procedures.
- Incubator: Free office space in the heart of Paris at a leading incubator.
Check these opportunities out at the link above:
- New Opportunity! Next Big Idea in Sports national competition | Due: May 1
- Start a Summer Company: Students | Due: Thursday, April 30 or Friday, May 8
- New Opportunity! Toronto Startup Job Fair | May 22, 1:00 pm. | Register now!
- Hello Tomorrow A global start-up competition covering major technology fields | Saturday, February 28, 11:59 p.m. (Central European Time)
- Mitacs, Mitacs Entrepreneur | Saturday, February 28, 11:59 p.m.
- N100 Startup Competition for $100,000 | Due: Sunday, March 8, 11:59 p.m.
We offer a learn-by-doing fellowship program for young people in Ontario to develop into the kinds of learners, leaders, and innovators needed to navigate 21st-century challenges. We give you an environment where you’re guided and coached to build the essential skills and networks you need – and challenged to solve complex real-world problems. Applications due March 16 including references.
TieQuest deadline | January 31 - TieQuest
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