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Elevator Pitch Competition

The annual Elevator Pitch Competition showcases some of the University of Ottawa’s top talent. As a part of Global Entrepreneurship week, this competition allows young entrepreneurs to present their business ideas that are still in the early stages of development to a panel of judges and Rise to the Top. The winners are awarded with a generous cash prize that they can put towards furthering their business idea. The evening also includes a catered networking portion as well as a keynote speaker that shares their personal successes and struggles as an entrepreneur.

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Prizes in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Faculty of Engineering has established two annual competitions in entrepreneurship and innovation for Faculty of Engineering undergraduate and graduate students respectively. Taking an innovative product, technology, or service that has been technically and scientifically validated within the scope of courses or research work as the basis, participating students are required to develop business plans for the possible commercialization of that innovation. These business plans must integrate commercialization, product development, marketing, and entrepreneurship components.

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Startup Garage

Startup Garage is a 3-month program led by the University of Ottawa to foster and support youth entrepreneurship in the Ottawa area. The program offers youth-led ventures the opportunity to accelerate their business by providing funding, space, mentorship and training.

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Other Business Plan Competitions

The Enactus Canada Student Entrepreneur National Competition, proudly presented by the John Dobson Foundation, is the only national competition to focus solely on full time Canadian post-secondary student entrepreneurs.

Startup Festival Montreal includes numerous opportunities to pitch your idea, secure funding and prize money all while networking in one of the most vibrant startup communities anywhere.

Ivey Business Plan Competition
Applications are now open for the IBK Capital – Ivey Business Plan Competition, with the winning entry receiving $15,000.

Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition
The QEC is an international business pitch competition held in Toronto, Canada with a prize pool of $75,000.

The Cardinal Challenge
Bring your best pitch to this year’s heavy hitting business plan competition as 12 teams of entrepreneurial graduate students gather in Louisville for their chance to win more than $100,000 in business start-up cash and prizes.

The Rice Business Plan Competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition, with over $1.5 million in prizes.

TCU’s Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures® Competition
A unique annual competition for undergraduate students around the world to pitch plans for businesses, products or services that make a profit while also benefiting the environment, the community or a specific population. The Competition prize pool exceeds $60,000 with a top prize of $25,000.

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