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Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch Competition

The Government of Ontario and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) are pleased to re-launch the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch high school competition!

In case you are unaware, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition challenges Ontario students in Grades 9-12 to pitch their best business idea in a two-minute video. Students create and submit their videos through the competition website to determine 20 regional finalists from across Ontario. All finalists will receive a trip to Toronto and expert training, and will present their pitch at OCE’s Discovery conference hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, April 29 – May 1, 2018.

Six competition winners will receive reserved entry into Summer Company program to develop their business idea (worth up to $3,000 in start-up funding) where they will have access to networking, mentorship, the chance to connect with business owners from your local community, as well as further developmental opportunities. Last year the competition received 202 entries from high school students across Ontario, representing a variety of ideas – from a financial literacy app to a cow tail clipping service!

The deadlines for this year’s competition are:

  • Video submission opens: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     September 29, 2017 | 9 AM
  • Video submission closes: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    March 22, 2018 | 12 PM
  • Online Voting period opens: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    March 26, 2018
  • Online Voting period closes: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      April 6, 2018
  • Finalists announced: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .      April 12, 2018
  • Boot Camp and Discovery Conference: . . . . . . . . . . . . .   April 29 – May 1, 2018

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