Have you envisioned a way to help combat the climate crisis? Do you have a beef with the state of the industrial agriculture? Maybe you’ve dreamed up an innovative technique to enhance a trade or brainstormed a new IT or media technology. If you’ve spent time thinking about any of these topics, then it’s time to take your ideas and Pitch It! in FastStart’s second annual entrepreneurship initiative.
Running for four weeks, Pitch It! culminates on Wednesday, October 5 in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch competition to a panel of industry judges. This is your chance to win $500, meet others like you, and get help to bring your innovative idea to the marketplace.
Students enrolled at Trent University, Durham College, Fleming College, and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) are eligible. You can enter Pitch It! as a team or an individual at your home academic institution.
Applications can fall into one of four categories: Agriculture and Food; Information Technology and Media; The Environment; The Trades. A judging panel of top-notch industry leaders will review all submissions. Up to five submissions in each industry area will be selected to “pitch” their idea to the panel to win one of four $500 prizes.
The Pitch It competition is sponsored by FastStart, an entrepreneurial training partnership designed to increase the entrepreneurship skills and awareness of university and college students and help them develop solid business plans and take products to market. FastStart enables students to apply entrepreneurial thinking to their future careers, whether they are in startups, established businesses, social innovation or public service.