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2017 National Bank Elevator Pitch Competition

November 14, 2017

Competition Categories (2 Options):

VALIDATION COMPETITION (5 CONTESTANTS TOTAL)

This category is designed to encourage and reward early business ideations and business models necessary to build a successful foundation for a new venture in need of validation. Applicants must still be at the idea stage and cannot have any realized traction to date such as:

  • Funding.
  • Sales.
  • Prototype finalized.
  • Strategic partners established.
  • Acceptance into an accelerator or incubator program.
  1. The National Bank Elevator Pitch Competition is open to all students currently enrolled at the University of Ottawa on a full-time or part-time basis in the current academic year working towards an Undergraduate or Master’s degree.
  2. The competition is not open to recent graduate students, alumni, or staff.
  3. The company applying must have a minimum of 1 Co-Founder currently enrolled as a student at the University of Ottawa.
  4. Past participants are eligible to participate again provided that they satisfy the requirements listed above.
  5. In order to be eligible to apply to the Validation Category, companies must not have generated any revenue, and must not have raised capital from outside investors.
  6. In order to be eligible to apply to the Traction Category, companies must have generated revenue and/or raised capital from outside investors and/or been accepted into an established incubator or accelerator program.
  7. International Students are also eligible to apply permitted that they satisfy the competition requirements.
  8. In the event that we deem that no submission has made substantial progress in achieving significant milestones or meeting our established criteria, we reserve the right to award no prize for that category.
  9. Money awarded will be paid first to the business entity (if applicable), or in the event that no such entity exists, divided equally among the team members identified on the application form.
  10. The winner of the Competition will be determined by a panel of judges; as such, applicants acknowledge and agree to the sharing of all materials submitted with the organizers of the competition and the judges.
  11. By submitting an application, all applicants must confirm that the work presented adheres to the fraud policies as outlined in the Academic Regulations in the University’s Undergraduate Studies Calendar. http://www.uottawa.ca/academic-regulations/academic-fraud.html
  12. If selected as one of the final 5, you will be required to deliver a 2 minute presentation on November 14th, 2017 at 5:30pm, which will include an additional 1 minute question and answer period.

TRACTION COMPETITION (5 CONTESTANTS TOTAL)

This category is designed for applicants whose business is further along the entrepreneurial path with achieved milestones and will compete on the bases of an executive summary and pitch. Applicants in this category already has some realized form of traction with their business such as:

  • Validation completed; customer feedback.
  • Prototype finalized/website operational.
  • Early sales or beta clients.
  • Strategic partners established.
  • Acceptance to compete in other business competitions.
  • Acceptance into an accelerator or incubator program.
  1. The National Bank Elevator Pitch Competition is open to all students currently enrolled at the University of Ottawa on a full-time or part-time basis in the current academic year working towards an Undergraduate or Master’s degree.
  2. The competition is not open to recent graduate students, alumni, or staff.
  3. The company applying must have a minimum of 1 Co-Founder currently enrolled as a student at the University of Ottawa.
  4. Past participants are eligible to participate again provided that they satisfy the requirements listed above.
  5. In order to be eligible to apply to the Validation Category, companies must not have generated any revenue, and must not have raised capital from outside investors.
  6. In order to be eligible to apply to the Traction Category, companies must have generated revenue and/or raised capital from outside investors and/or been accepted into an established incubator or accelerator program.
  7. International Students are also eligible to apply permitted that they satisfy the competition requirements.
  8. In the event that we deem that no submission has made substantial progress in achieving significant milestones or meeting our established criteria, we reserve the right to award no prize for that category.
  9. Money awarded will be paid first to the business entity (if applicable), or in the event that no such entity exists, divided equally among the team members identified on the application form.
  10. The winner of the Competition will be determined by a panel of judges; as such, applicants acknowledge and agree to the sharing of all materials submitted with the organizers of the competition and the judges.
  11. By submitting an application, all applicants must confirm that the work presented adheres to the fraud policies as outlined in the Academic Regulations in the University’s Undergraduate Studies Calendar. http://www.uottawa.ca/academic-regulations/academic-fraud.html
  12. If selected as one of the final 5, you will be required to deliver a 2 minute presentation on November 14th, 2017 at 5:30pm, which will include an additional 1 minute question and answer period.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. You will be notified by email if chosen to be in this year’s competition on November 6, 2017.

Thank you for applying and best of luck!