Calgary Small Business Advances to Startup Canada Global Pitch Grand Finale

Calgary, AB – September 28th, 2023 | Today Startup Canada announced the winner of the Calgary “Pop-up” Pitch Competition, the regional qualifier for the 2023 Startup Global Pitch Competition Grand Finale. Pitching in front of the packed in-person audience of Startup Canada Tour’s most recent stop in Calgary, startup Rinvio Technologies Inc. was named the first place winner – taking home $3,000 cash and a guaranteed slot in the Grand Finale. 

Pitching for Rinvio was Mohamad Abdel Rida, Rinvio’s Co-Founder and CTO. Rinvio is a disruptive software startup reimagining the Canadian trucking industry. Through real-time insights including driver behaviour and much more, the innovative team is revolutionizing how safety, compliance, reporting and cost-effective operations are managed across the sector.  

“We are so excited to have won the Startup Global Pitch Competition in Calgary today! The judges and the Startup Canada team were so welcoming and supportive,” said Abdel Rida, Co-founder and CTO of Rinvio. “We can’t wait to go to Brampton for the Grand Finale on October 26!”

On October 26th, Abdel Rida will compete live against the 9 other finalists from across Canada for a $70,000 cash prize pool. The Grand Finale of the 2023 Pitch Competition will be held during the final stop of Startup Canada Tour in Brampton, Ontario. Startup Canada is also currently hosting online voting for the People’s Choice Award, an opportunity to vote for your favourite participating business. Voting ends on Tuesday, October 24; the winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive $2,500.

Startup Global – of which the highly anticipated Startup Global Pitch Competition is a core pillar – is a Startup Canada flagship program now in its sixth year. Fundamentally, the program connects a pan-Canadian cohort of early stage entrepreneurs with global ambitions to a network of international ecosystem partners dedicated to their success. This free, annual flagship program recognizes the importance that exporting plays on the Canadian economy, celebrates those making waves in the global marketplace, and empowers early stage founders to take their businesses to the international stage.

Those interested in following along with the Startup Global Pitch Competition, and cheering on this incredible example of YYC innovation, can attend the Grand Finale in-person or tune in virtually. To secure your ticket, register at today!