January 25, 2016 PitchYourIdea.ca launches, Video submission period opens
February 25, 2016 Video submission period closes at 5pm PST
March 10, 2016 Judging panel determines finalists and entrants are notified
March 14, 2016 Online voting period opens at 9am
March 18, 2016 Online voting period closes at 1pm PST
Sunday, May 8, 2016 Entrepreneur boot camp at Coquitlam Public Library
Monday, May 9, 2016 Live pitch event at TBD
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Awards are presented at TBD
*All dates are subject to change at the discretion of the competition organizers.
STEP 1: Eligibility
- You are eligible for this competition if you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
- If you are under the age of 18 at the time of entry, you must have the entry form signed by a parent or legal guardian.
STEP 2: Pick Your Team or Enter Individually
- Competition entries can be done on an individual or team basis.
- Teams may include up to four (4) students.
- Teams are required to name a team representative, who will be responsible for submitting the entry form and serving as the team’s primary contact for matters related to the competition.
- You may not participate as both an individual entrant and a team entrant.
- If a team is selected as a winner, the team representative will be presented the award.
STEP 3: Make Your Video
Create a video no longer than two (2) minutes in length, including credits, that presents your entrepreneurship or innovation idea.
All videos exceeding two (2) minutes will not be considered. If your video submission exceeds two (2) minutes, you are able to edit and re-submit your entry with no penalty so long as the entry is re-submitted prior to the submission deadline.
Videos must address the following questions:
- Who will your customers be?
- What problems will it solve?
- Why will your business succeed?
Your idea must be well presented and reasonable, and have the potential of being implemented.
In order to be eligible for the competition, you must submit a written transcription of your video along with your video upload. Please double-check your video transcript for grammar, spelling and punctuation as it will be posted as part of your competition entry on the website. This is an important element because it helps in the goal of making Ontario accessible for all Ontarians. By creating accessible communications, we’re helping ensure Ontario’s
1.85 million citizens living with a disability have opportunities to participate fully in everyday life.
Here is an example of a video transcript for Quinsea McKenna’s pitch for FUNDJA. Click here to watch the video.
FUNDJA – Quinsea McKenna – Video Transcript for Accessibility
Hi, I’m Quinsea McKenna and this is my pitch.
My business idea is Fundja. Helping fund young entrepreneurs.
Fundja is a website that gives young people a space to pitch their business ideas to their community and other interested parties asking for money to help kick-start their business.
Anyone under the age of 18 is welcome to post a video and pitch their amazing idea online to the public explaining things like: what their business is, what they’ll use the money for, and what problems their business will solve.
Their goal is to collect enough micro-donations from viewers to eventually reach their funding target.
By uploading a video to Fundja people can show their personality and dedication to their business.
What’s the incentive to make a micro-donation to a person’s business? Well, every business pitch on Fundja will give back a small gift to the donator.
Let’s have a look at Fundja. Here you can find out all about how Fundja works. And here will be a list of all the projects. Then over here, is how to make a donation to the projects you are interested in. And lastly, here is where you get started with uploading your business idea.
Now let's take a look at an example business pitch. Hi, I’m Sally and I want to start my own lawn care business but I need $400 for a lawnmower and some other equipment. I’ve been lawn mowing for about three years now but it’s time to expand my business and I need your help.
If you’re tired of mowing your own lawn, then I’m your girl. For every donation I get on Fundja, I’ll be giving a 30 per cent off my service or one of my very unique t-shirts. Thank you for all your donations and helping me mow my business off the ground.
When the young entrepreneur’s target is fully reached, Fundja will collect a five per cent commission. This money will be used for marketing to help increase traffic to the website.This is a new, easy and fun way to raise capital for budding entrepreneurs. Make your viewers wanna Fundja.
For more information on the importance of accessibility, visit the Understanding Accessibility page of the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure website.
Developing Your Video
Your video must be entirely your original work and you must grant the competition organizers† unrestricted use and reproduction rights for any purposes.
Types of videos can include:
- Live Action
- Screen casts
- Motion graphics/animation
- Slideshows with voiceover
It is important to remember that the submissions will be judged on the quality of the pitch and not the quality of the video.
The competition organizers ensure that bilingual judges are included in the judging panel for both the online phase of the competition and the live pitching event at the final event location. Participants are encouraged to present their idea in either English or French, whichever is most comfortable for them.
What You Need to Know about Your Video Submission
- All video uploads must be accompanied by a written transcript of your video. Please double-check your video transcript for grammar, spelling and punctuation as it will be posted as part of your competition entry on the website.
- All entries become the property of the competition organizers.
- Your video must not infringe upon or violate any laws or any third-party rights, including, but not limited to, copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights and must not lead to any cause of action including libel, defamation, privacy violation, contract breach or tort.
- If necessary you must obtain all necessary permissions, licences, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and other approvals from third parties (including, but not limited to, all copyright holders and all individuals appearing in the video submission), necessary to use the video submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast the video submission worldwide, by any means. Any and all such permissions, licences, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and approvals must be attached to the video submission.
- Your own personal safety and the safety of your cast, crew and others involved with the production of the video submission must be maintained. Do not endanger anyone during the making of your video.
- Each contestant (and, in the case of minors*, a parent or legal guardian) must consent to the use, reproduction, publication, transmission and/or broadcasting of his/her name, address, likeness, school, age, grade and/or prize information, without compensation, in any advertisement, publication or promotion, for general news or other information purposes. Winners must also consent to their photographs being taken by the competition organizers for the same purposes, without further compensation.
- Each contestant (and his/her parent or legal guardian, if applicable) irrevocably and in perpetuity grants the competition organizers, without compensation, the right to use the video submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast the video submission worldwide, by any means.
- It is the sole responsibility of the contestant to ensure that the video is uploaded between Monday Jan 25, 2015 at 9 a.m. PST and 12 p.m. on Thursday, February 24th 2016 Eastern Daylight Saving Time
*In these rules, “minor” means a contestant less than 18 years of age.
For the purposes of this competition, the following six (6) categories have been created as a guide for framing your business pitch:
Arts, Culture and Tourism – A product or service that enhances lifestyle such as music, media, guided tours, photography, recreation and sports.
Services – Selling personal or professional services such as aesthetics, pet services, childcare, landscaping, and/or home maintenance activities.
Retail Goods – Selling consumer goods. This could include sales of food, gifts, clothing or accessories.
Social Enterprise – A mission-driven organization that applies market-based strategies to achieve a social or environmental purpose. A social enterprise can be incorporated as either a not-for-profit or for-profit company that operates with a business-like discipline.
Environment – A product or service with a positive impact on the environment, society and the economy through such methods as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and/or the use of harmful chemicals or improving energy efficiency and water quality.
Technology – A product or service such as manufacturing, information management, communications and/or digital media.
STEP 4: Submit Your Video
Submit Your Video Online
Upload your video to YOUTUBE, make page public and then go back to PitchYourdiea.ca and Click the ENTER page to complete the steps to upload your video and written transcript. Please double-check your video transcript for grammar, spelling and punctuation as it will be posted as part of your competition entry on the website.
Submissions received after the competition closing date will not be accepted