Pitch competition winners
Teams selected to advance to the final took part in a virtual pitch competition on November 23, 2021.
Students had the opportunity to pitch their idea to a panel of judges to be voted on.
2021 Pitch winners
1st place - Niki Kearl with "Blu Orthotics Lab"
2nd place - Lydon Horne with "Air Management YEG"
3rd place - Samuel Yasinski with "LIV Property Management"
Runner up – Aliah Agito with "Clotheroo"
Runner up - Sonja Holowaychuk with "SelfWoven"
Runner up - Isaac Firman with "OtokoLife"
Watch this year's competition
Stay tuned for details on the next Pitch it to Me Student Competition!
Suggested Pitch Structure
How should one go about delivering a great pitch? There are plenty of fantastic resources and videos online – read below for a general guide to elevator pitch structure. Creative and unique pitches are always welcome, but judges will be looking for the criteria below.
- Problem: outline the problem or pain point that your business will address.
- Solution: describe your solution to the problem.
- Idea and business model: describe in further detail how your solution works. Outline how your idea makes sense as a business – how will you make money? How will you fund the venture? Are you expecting to deliver investors with a return?
- Market validation: can you show that there is an appetite for your idea?
- Progress to date (if any): have you generated any revenue? Have you secured any funding? Do you have any goals or targets?
- The ask: a good pitch has an ask or a call to action. Do you need funding? Expertise? Space? Simply to meet for coffee to discuss? The judges will want to see an ask that makes sense for the business – and should feel compelled enough to want to explore your idea further.
Judges will be provided with a rubric for use in scoring pitches. Competitors will all have a chance to see the rubric during the opening ceremony. The top three competitors will be chosen according to the judges’ discretion, with the rubric being used as a guideline.
The rubric addresses several items, each associated with a score out of five.
- Grabs your attention with a hook and has an interesting opener.
- Clearly presents their product or service.
- Explains the need or niche that their product or service will fill.
- Explains the benefit and competitive advantage of the product or service.
- Delivers the pitch with passion, heart, and enthusiasm. Is memorable.
- Financial viability and investment potential.
Past Pitch Competition Winners
2020 Pitch winners
1st place – Shelvie Fernan with "Drive and Fetch"
2nd place – Patrick and Chaimae Cunningham with "Paddy Bakes"
3rd place – Andrea Espinoza with 'Epico Designs"
Runner Up - Michelle Nip with "Meech Bakes"
Runner Up - Mahdi Hussain and Ahad Khalil with "Team Alpha"