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Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2010/04/12 - Young entrepreneurs looking to make their business ideas a reality receive this opportunity as part of the Ontario’s Next Entrepreneur pitch competition to be held at Discovery 2010, an innovation showcase presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
Young entrepreneurs looking to make their business ideas a reality will have an opportunity to do just that as part of the “Ontario’s Next Entrepreneur” pitch competition to be held at Discovery 2010, the annual innovation showcase presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).
The pitch competition organized by the Impact Entrepreneurship Group for OCE’s Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR) is open to young entrepreneurs looking to launch their business ideas within the technology, healthcare, services, social media or retail industries.
The competition is open to Ontario undergraduate student teams in university or college, in which at least one member is majoring in a business-related field. The top five teams will gain mass exposure while they pitch their ideas to industry leaders and private investors during Discovery 2010 which takes place May 17 and 18th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The grand prize is an $18,000 micro-loan from CCR that can be used to launch the pitched business idea within the next two to six months. The second place team will be awarded $5,000 worth of advisory services courtesy of Deloitte Consulting. The team that places third will enjoy lunch with Robert Koturbash, the Managing Director of Maple Leaf Angels.
The first phase of the competition requires teams to submit a registration form and short video, showcasing their business idea, on the Discovery 2010 website. Applications are being accepted until April 19, 2010.
For more information about the "Ontario's Next Top Young Entrepreneur" Pitch Competition, visit: ocediscovery.com/.
About Impact Entrepreneurship Group
The Impact Entrepreneurship Group (impact.org) is Canada's largest non-profit, student-run organization dedicated to encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit amongst youth in Canada and becoming a starting point and catalyst for youth interested in entrepreneurship and leadership.
About Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Centre for Commercialization of Research
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc. drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. OCE’s Centres work in communications and information technology, earth and environmental technologies, energy, materials and manufacturing and photonics. OCE (oce-ontario.org) is funded by the government of Ontario, is a member of the Ontario Network of Excellence and is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda.
OCE through its Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR), an initiative supported by the federally funded Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada, also acts as a catalyst which allows innovative businesses to grow and achieve sustainable, commercial success and global competitiveness. CCR complements and extends OCE's existing research, talent and commercialization programs to cover the innovation continuum from initial research idea to market success.