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Up-Start! Competition 2014

MaRS Discovery District, Social Innovation Generation & Ashoka Canada present

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Up-Start! Competition 2014

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Join us for the eighth annual Up-Start! Competition.

The Up-Start! Competition is a business pitch competition for 2013/14 Entrepreneurship 101 students.

Individuals or teams will have eight (8) minutes to pitch their business idea—and they must apply concepts from Entrepreneurship 101 to make a compelling business case.

Business ideas must fit into one of the following three categories:

  1. Information technology, communications and entertainment (ICE)
  2. Cleantech
  3. Life sciences and healthcare

The top business plan and presentation will receive a prize of $15,000, sponsored by KPMG, as well as in-kind prizes sponsored by Hill + Knowlton, Gilbert's LLP and MaRS.


1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Competition
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Reception and awards


  • tBOT
  • Set Scouter
  • Receiver
  • Nanosupply.co
  • Kidobi
  • Formarum
  • Morungos
  • Biomenergy
  • ReDeTec
  • InTouch
  • Lynxio
  • Vessel Innovations


-Jon Dogterom, Practice Lead, Cleantech, Advanced Materials and Engineering
-Salim Teja, Managing Director, ICE sector programs
-Michelle McBane, Investment Director, MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund
-Santino Mariani, Partner, KPMG

Competition rules:

2014 Up-Start! Competition Award powered by:

In-kind sponsorship provided by: 




When & Where

MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street
Toronto, M5G 1L7

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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MaRS Discovery District, Social Innovation Generation & Ashoka Canada present

MaRS (www.marsdd.com) is a large scale, mission driven innovation centre located in Toronto and networked across Ontario, focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies.

MaRS works closely with entrepreneurs to grow and scale their ventures into global market leaders in life sciences and health care, information, communications and entertainment technologies, cleantech, advanced materials and engineering, as well as innovative social purpose businesses. 


Social Innovation Generation (SiG) (www.sigeneration.ca) is a collaborative partnership founded by The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the University of Waterloo, the MaRS Discovery District, and the PLAN Institute. Our ultimate goal is to support whole system change through changing the broader economic, cultural and policy context in Canada to allow social innovations to flourish.


Ashoka (canada.ashoka.org) is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – individuals with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. Ashoka is redefining the global citizen sector by creating a system of collaborative entrepreneurship. Connecting the work of individual social entrepreneurs to business, academic and public sector partners, they create a network effect driving the sector forward and developing new solutions to global problems.

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