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The uOttawa Global Entrepreneurship Week Fund

The uOttawa Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Fund is a newly created fund to help encourage faculty, staff, students, alumni and clubs to create entrepreneurship-related initiatives or events during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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uOttawa Top 5 Startups

Do you have what it takes to make it in Silicon Valley?

The University of Ottawa is pleased to invite students, alumni and faculty who have created startup ventures to participate in a competition that will result in up to five companies being selected for an exclusive trip to Silicon Valley in the spring. Each selected startup will receive $4,000 (CAD) in financial support for the trip.

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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 mai Bangkok Business Challenge® @ Sasin 2017
Student teams from around the world are invited to compete for prizes with over $49,000 in cash. All full-time and part-time post-graduate students in any post-graduate programs enrolled in the 2016 calendar year are eligible to participate. For complete details of the team member combination possibilities, including comprehensive eligibility and official rules, please consult

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.

2017 New Venture Championship
Register your championship team today for the opportunity to learn to advance in an ever-changing business environment with creative and innovative solutions, as well as the chance to win up to $60,000 in cash prizes. Deadline for applications is February 13, 2017.

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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