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CNE Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition

Winner of 2018 Innovation Garage Pitch Competition


Canada’s brightest innovators will converge in the CNE Innovation Garage over the fair's middle weekend  (August 23 to 25) to pitch their cutting edge inventions and compete for prize money and in-kind services.

The Pitch Competition Categories

Home, Everyday Living, and Leisure: This category will feature start-ups that focus on the connected home, everyday living essentials, education, travel, and leisure. The companies could be tech-based, app-based; and/or a physical product.

Food Tech and Urban Agriculture: Startups in this category will focus on innovation in food technology, new/improved food offering, solutions/opportunities for urban agriculture, or education. Companies can present a food product, app, technology, or other concept that fits within the theme.

Women Entrepreneurs: Companies in this category must be founded or co-founded by a woman entrepreneur. There is no specific theme for the type of company that can be presented and a woman must be the pitcher.

Health and Wellness: Competitors in this category must focus on products/services/technology that provides solutions to health and wellness concerns. There will be a focus on companies focussed on our aging population and accessibility.

Indigenous Entrepreneurs: Companies in this category must be founded or co-founded by an indigenous entrepreneur. There is no specific theme for the type of company that can be presented. (Supported by Ted Rogers School of Management)

Kids Technology: Start-ups in this category will focus on innovations including app-based technology, education, physical products (i.e. toys), as well as health and wellness of children.

Prize package per preliminary category:

Prize Package for Finals:

Pitch Competition Terms & Conditions can be found here.

How to Enter:

  1. Complete the entry form. 
  2. To be eligible for the competition all applications are due by 11:59 pm on July 12, 2019.
  3. All contestants will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation to participate in this event.
  4. The administrator, at its sole discretion, may accept or refuse entry forms that are late, incomplete or illegible.
  5. Along with your entry form, a YouTube video link must be submitted at the same time as your entry. When preparing your YouTube video, make sure to insert “CNE Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition 2019” in the title of the video as well as your name. Videos not properly labelled may not be considered. Details of what to include in your video are found in the Entry Form.
    1. Contestants acknowledge that the CNE is not affiliated in any way with YouTube and a submissions made by a contestant via YouTube is the sole responsibility of the contestant, including the ability of the CNE to access the submission. Any YouTube submissions that cannot be accessed by the CNE for any reason whatsoever will be deemed not to have been received. Contestants are responsible for compliance with YouTube’s Terms of Use.
  6. The judges will consist of a panel appointed by the administrator. The judges will review all video entries and entry forms and score them according to our judging criteria.
  7. Questions can be directed to

All Programming Subject to Change

Dates & Times:
View Times
August 23-August 25
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Hall F, Enercare Centre

All Programming Subject to Change

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