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MARCH MADNESS

Pitch Competition 

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

DETAILS

 

OVERVIEW

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.

PRIZES 

After the conclusion of final events, the prize money would be invested towards the best student entrepreneur’s idea or business with total cash prizes provided by Metronome United, and legal services provide by Goodlawyer, valued over $19,000

CRITERIA

  • Must be a student currently studying at or recently graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution (Undergraduate, Graduate, PhD students and Alumni (within one year of graduation)
  • Must be the owner or part owner of the business idea
  • Has not generated more than $25,000 in annual revenue in the business
  • Has not received more than $15,000 through external support or investment (though investors or other competitions)

SCHEDULE

The bracket along with times and Streamyard link for each head-to-head battle will be posted in the competition bracket on this page after students are selected. All times and Streamyard 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 our facebook page (facebook.com/smuec.ca) for any head-to-head battle.

ROUND 1

March 6 – 14

ROUND 2

March 15 – 21

ROUND 3

March 22 – 27

QUARTER FINALS

March 28 – 29

SEMI FINALS

March 30

FINALS

March 31

OUR SPONSORS

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UNIVERSITY PARTNERS

STUDENT IDEAS

DOLLARS IN PRIZES PROVIDED

VIEWS

“The March Madness pitch competition is a unique opportunity to vet your pitching skills and receive a diverse range of feedback. Without question, by the end of the competition my pitching skills and confidence were enhanced. Winning the competition jumpstarted my entrepreneurial journey and empowered me to take the next steps of transitioning a good idea into a great business”

Quinn Cavanagh, RFINE Biomass Solutions
Winner, March Madness 2022

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