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Unlock Your Big Idea Competition Finale
Thu, 23 March 2017, 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT
Our finalists are one step closer to unlocking their BIG idea. Join us for a live pitching event that brings entrepreneurs from across the GTA to reach their potential and take their idea to the next level. The final three from each category will pitch to a panel a judges for the chance to win up to $10,000 to invest in their business.
Join in on the action and cheer on our finalists! PS. Audience members will have a chance to win some great prizes.
Meet our Finalists!
Young Entrepreneur Startup
- Hybrid Power Solutions
- KiDi SMS
Best Technology Startup
- ApoSys Technologies Inc.
Best Non-Tech Startup
- Exclusive Dry Cleaning
- riince Inc.
Meet our Judges!
Stephen Beney is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and Head of the Medical Devices practice group. Stephen works with clients to assess IP needs, and has helped to secure patents for a diverse array of clients, including start-ups, small- to medium-sized enterprises, major multinational companies and university researchers. Stephen has been proven valuable to his clients in securing their patent rights in diverse technologies, including: automotive; medical devices and imaging systems; electronic devices; communication systems; video and signal processing systems; mass spectrometry; solar power devices and systems; fuel cell technology; internet systems; business methods; and cleantech devices and systems. He advises on IP management and strategic planning and has prepared many patentability opinions, as well as infringement and validity opinions.
Andrew Patricio is the founder and owner of Bizlaunch, a company that trains, advises and mentors entrepreneurs. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies to improve their brand presence with thousands of small business owners and as an internationally recognized small business expert, he has trained entrepreneurs in Canada and 21 other countries. Andrew understands entrepreneurs because he is an entrepreneur, having started several businesses of his own and has authored two books on small business.
Pauleanna Reid is a Motivational Speaker, Millennial Mentor, Celebrity/CEO Ghostwriter and critically acclaimed Author of her fiction novel, Everything I Couldn’t Tell My Mother. Through a whirlwind of inspirational lectures, round table discussions and media appearances she positively influences, challenges and reconnects youth with their passions. Pauleanna uses incredible wit and candor to empower women and girls.
Mr. Vautour is an accomplished and proven Management Consultant, Business Coach and Trainer. He works with Small & Medium Businesses, Social Enterprises, Business Improvement Areas (BIA’s), CED (Community Economic Development) Initiatives, and Not‐for‐Profits. He’s worked with over 2,000 small businesses and organizations, specializing in small business start‐ups, turnarounds, strategic management, business and marketing planning, life and career planning including at‐risk youth programs.