Startup Canada launches 2024 Startup Global Pitch Competition with $70,000 in cash prizes for early stage entrepreneurs

Ottawa, ON – April 8, 2024 | Today, Startup Canada announced that applications are now open for the 2024 Startup Global Virtual Pitch Competition Day, an opportunity for entrepreneurs across the country to win from $70,000 in cash prizes to fund their exporting and growth goals for their business. 

Startup Global is one of Startup Canada’s flagship programs, providing resources to entrepreneurs looking to expand their businesses internationally. The Startup Global Pitch Competition is a key element of the Startup Global program. 

Who is eligible:

The Startup Global Virtual Pitch Competition Day is designed for early stage entrepreneurs who have the intention/ability to export their products/services outside of Canada. To be eligible for the Startup Global Virtual Pitch Competition Day, participants must meet the following criteria:

  • Less than $1,000,000 in revenue 
  • Less than five years of operating their business
  • Have business/operations based in Canada 

How to participate:

The Virtual Pitch Competition Day will take place on Monday, June 24 from 10:30 AM – 4:00 pm (ET). The top 12 finalists will advance to the Pitch Competition Finals taking place on Tuesday, June 25. Participants will have 3 minutes to pitch their business to a panel of judges, followed by 4 minutes of Q&A. Finalists will be notified if they’ve been selected for the top 12 by the end of the day on Monday, June 24.

How to apply:

Applications open today, Monday, April 8 and will close on Tuesday, June 11 or until all pitch spots are full. 

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The Grand Finale 

One winner from each of our Startup Canada Tour stops, plus six of the top 12 pitchers from the Virtual Pitch Competition Day on Tuesday, June 25, will be flown to Kitchener-Waterloo with the support of our partners at Air Canada to compete in the Startup Global Pitch Competition Grand Finale. The Grand Finale will take place on Wednesday, October 30. At this event, three entrepreneurs will walk away with one of the grand prizes plus in-kind support from our network of partners including our presenting partners UPS and Export Development Canada. Our cash prizes include:

  • 1st Place | $30,000
  • 2nd Place | $15,000
  • 3rd Place | $7,500
  • People’s Choice Award | $2,500

Here’s what last year’s winners had to say about their experience:

The Startup Global Pitch Competition allowed us to quickly increase brand awareness of Aruna and the work we were doing. We formed relationships with both the local startup community, and a network of national partners. The cash prize has been pivotal to accelerate our growth!” 

Rashmi Prakash, Co-Founder and CEO of Aruna Revolution Health.

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