The Up-Start! Competition is a business pitch competition open to participants in the Entrepreneurship 101 lecture series. Individuals, or teams, must give a 10-minute presentation on business idea in one of the following industry categories:
- Information & communications technology (ICT)
The business must be one that they wish to implement or have already started. Entrants are expected to apply the concepts that they have learned from the course to their business idea and to make a compelling case that this will lead to a successful business.
A cash prize of $15,000 will be awarded for the top business pitch presentation. The winner will also receive access to MaRS market research services (approximate value of $20,000) and a MaRS facility rental (approximate value of $2,500).
About the Up-Start! Competition
The submission process is now open. To enter the UpStart! Competition, each individual or team must fill out the form below before 5:00 ET March 11, 2016. A selection committee will review each application. All applications will be notified by April 15, 2016.
The final competition will take place on May 18, 2016. Presentations will be made under the cover of a non-disclosure agreement that all audience members will be required to sign. The judges will pick the winners on that day and prizes will be awarded to the top presentations at a reception following the competition.
Interested in participating in the Up-Start! Competition? Check the eligibility criteria.
Up-Start! Competition Award powered by:
|2015||ShapeTrace Labs||Read the blog post by Ernest Yap, Co-founder and President, ShapeTrace Labs: Why there’s never a “right time” to launch your startup|
|2014||Vessel Innovations||Read the blog post featuring an interview with Andre Furlotte, CEO: And the 2014 Up-Start! Winner Is…|
|2013||TrendyMED||Read the blog post featuring an interview with Ronny Barrelli, CEO, TrendyMED: MobileIV wins $10,000 Up-Start! Competition prize.|
|2012||LIFEbike||Read the blog post by Henry Chong, CEO, Revelo Bikes Inc.: LIFEbike: A winner’s perspective|
|2011||The Hot Plate||Read the blog post by Amanda Garbutt, Owner and Co-founder, The Hot Plate: A winner’s take on the Up-Start! Competition|
|2010||Shape Collage||Read the blog post about winner Vincent Cheung: Student entrepreneurship at its best|
|2009||UiRemote/DreamCube||Read the blog post from one of the winning team, John Zhou: “Reflections of an up-start” and the follow-up story, “Up-start competitors: The continuing saga“|
|2008||SWIFTPlate||See the photo and story about Vanessa James|
|2006||Mobile Laboratory Services||Read the press release: “MaRS Entrepreneurship 101 for Researchers: Up-Start Competition winner announced“|
Competition enquiries can be directed to email@example.com.