March Madness Pitch Competition

Post-secondary pitch competition showcasing varied projects all throughout March

The competition showcases post-secondary student pitchers throughout the month of March. Modelled after the NCAA March Madness basketball competition, 64 student entrepreneurs from across Canada will be selected to compete head-to-head in brackets as they strive to eventually be declared the best in the country.



1st Place:  Ida Derish from McGill University: $10,000

2nd Place: Jon Dhanapala from University of Waterloo: $5,000

3rd/4th Place: Parker Easter from University of Calgary  & Ghalia Aamer from University of Alberta: $1,000 each

Watch the recorded pitches: facebook.com/smuec.ca


The bracket along with times and zoom link for each head-to-head battle will be posted in the competition bracket on this page after students are selected. All times and zoom links will be set at the competition’s outset allowing students who make it through each round to encourage friends, family and other supporters to log on to view their next pitch. This also allows the pitch competition to become a spectator sport, with anyone from the community able to hop onto the Zoom link for any head-to-head battle.

Round 1 Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5
March 1 – 12 March 15 – 19 March 22  – 26 March 29 – 30 March 31



After being selected, students will be provided with the date and time of pitch, a pre- existing pitch rubric, and list of questions that will be randomly posed at presentation time. Development sessions will be provided for participants to prepare them for their month-long battle to victory.


After the conclusion of final events, the prize money would be invested towards the best student entrepreneur’s idea or business with total prizes valued over $17,000

1st place team- $10,000

2nd place team- $5,000 

3rd and 4th place team- $1,000 


Are you a student entrepreneur ? Does your idea have what it takes?

*Application to the competition close on February 24, 2021. Make sure to register.


  •   Business/idea must be student-run and -owned
  •   Can be in the idea or operational phase
  •   Annual revenue not to exceed $30,000
  •   Must not have previously received any sort of external investment or experienced significant commercial traction


A word from our partner :

“Metronome United is honoured to be presenting the March Madness Pitch Competition in partnership with Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre,” says Shannon Susko BComm’89 BSc’92, SMUEC Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and the Founder & CEO of Metronome United. “I love having the opportunity to help young entrepreneurs get focused on their business. I remember being a young entrepreneur in my early 20’s and I want to ensure that no one goes through the struggles I went through growing my companies. This is a wonderful opportunity for entrepreneurs to take the next step in becoming the leaders of tomorrow. I look forward to seeing all applications come through and work with the winning recipients.”


Founder & CEO of Metronome United

Contact us

If you have any questions or need more information please contact via email at sarah.little@smu.ca

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