Applications now open for Startup Impact: SDG Pitch Competitions

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

Everyone is needed to reach these ambitious targets. The creativity, knowhow, technology and financial resources from Canadians is necessary to achieve the SDGs in every context. And where is there a better place to look than Canada’s entrepreneurial ecosystem?

This week, Startup Canada is launching Startup Impact: SDG Pitch Competitions with the aim to highlight and encourage Canadian entrepreneurs whose startups embrace sustainability and fulfill one of the following 4 SDG’s:

  • SDG 1: Poverty Reduction 
  • SDG 5: Gender Equality 
  • SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth 
  • SDG 13: Climate Action

Canadian startups, no matter what stage, can apply so long as their business embraces sustainability and fulfills one of the 4 SDG’s. Pitchers will also receive detailed feedback on their pitch from a panel of esteemed judges.

One winner from each category will win $500, a chance to be featured on a Startup Canada Podcast and even more in in-kind support. 

For those who don’t plan on pitching, there is still the opportunity to join to watch the competition and participate in an audience vote to choose the winners.

The events take place on November 24th (SDG 1: Poverty Reduction and SDG 5: Gender Equality) and November 26th (SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth and SDG 13: Climate Action).

Pitch applications close on Monday November 16th at midnight. Apply now or register to watch!

The Startup Impact: SDG Pitch Competitions are powered by Startup Canada and presented by Mastercard, Cisco and the Investment Readiness Program.