IT’S A START

Call for 2018 Submissions

Win $5K + Space for your Startup!

One of Toronto’s leading pitch competitions is back! The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator at George Brown College is proud to present the 2018 IT’S A START Pitch Competition.

Next April, ten startups will be selected to pitch their ideas in front of a live audience and judges at Digifest 2018.  All startups have the opportunity to pitch their business idea, convince the judges of its value, and impress the crowd in 5 minutes for the chance to win cash, space along with an opportunity to attend Beijing’s Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Conference.

If you have an idea for a smart sustainable future product or service, please submit an application. We invite everyone from creative professionals, budding entrepreneurs, new startups, students or recent graduates to submit. Whether your business is a Mobile App, Game, VR/AR Media, Digital Design, AI, or Robotics, we would love to hear your ground breaking ideas.

Submit your application using the form at the bottom of the page.

There is no fee to apply. Submission deadline is January 26, 2018 at 5 PM.

Important Dates

January 26, 2018 at 5 PM | Application Deadline

Submit your application online using the form below. All applications will be reviewed by the IT’S A START committee and semi-finalists will be notified in February 2017.

February 16, 2018 | Announcement of Semi-Finalists

All applicants will be notified on this date regarding the status of their application.

March 3, 2018 | Creative Camp Program for Semi-Finalists

All IT’S A START semi-finalists will be invited to attend Creative Camp in March. The semi-finalists will meet with advisors, practice their pitches and mingle with other entrepreneurs. All semi-finalists will then be asked to prepare and submit their Business Model Canvas and a 60-second video.

March 23, 2018 | Business Model Canvas and 60 Second Video Deadline

All semi-finalists will be asked to submit their business model canvas and a sixty second video following the Creative Camp.  

April 6, 2018 | Announcement of Finalists

Ten finalists will then be selected and notified to compete at Digifest 2018.

April 27, 2018 | IT’S A START Final Pitch Competition

IT’S A START Pitch Competition will take place in front of a live audience and judges at Digifest 2018. Winners will be announced at the end of the competition.

Winning teams will receive cash and join the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator, a hub for innovative firms, in downtown Toronto. The grand prize is $5K (equity-free) and space at the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator.  The top 2 winners will qualify to attend the Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Conference (OTEC) and Global Pitch in Beijing next August. Check out highlights from IT’S A START 2017 here.

August 2018 | OTEC Conference and Global Pitch

The top 2 winners will qualify to attend the Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Conference (OTEC) and Global Pitch in Beijing, China.

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