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HARDTECH PITCH COMPETITION

May 12, 2021

Free
2021 HardTech Pitch Competition

The 2021 HardTech Pitch Competition will award over $50,000 in prizes, and serve as an application to the coveted third cohort of ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative. Apply for your chance to win over $50,000 in prizing and a spot in the Hardware Catalyst Initiative.

WHAT IS THE PITCH COMPETITION?

The 2021 HardTech Pitch Competition will award over $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizing, and serve as an application to the coveted third cohort of ventureLAB’s Hardware Catalyst Initiative. Eligible companies will fast-track their applications to the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, Canada’s only hardware and semiconductor lab and incubator to help accelerate commercialization at scale.

The HardTech Pitch Competition will be held on June 23, 2021, in partnership by ventureLAB and the Regional Municipality of York. The competition is open to small businesses developing hardware and semiconductor-focused products. Up to eight finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their solution to a broad audience, including industry leaders, investors, government, media, and more!

Company innovations can impact, but are not limited to, the following industries:

  • Cleantech
  • Electric Vehicles, Smart Vehicles, and Mobility (inclusive design)
  • MedTech and Wearables (Smart Glasses, etc.)
  • Smart Agriculture and Industrial Solutions
  • Drones
  • Smart Retail and Fintech hardware
  • 5G and Next Gen Communications
  • Smart City and Smart Factory applications deploying sensor systems, IOT and IIOT, and accelerated AI hardware

Are you a Canadian startup and think you have what it takes?

Apply Now

KEY DATES

Application Period: April 15 – May 12, 5:00 p.m EST
Finalists Selected: May 17 – 21
Orientation: May 27, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Pitch Coaching: May 31
Mock Pitch Day: June 2 – June 8 (TBC)
Pitch Day: June 23, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST (Time subject to change)

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the application form by May 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EST.