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2018 Manning Emerging Innovators’ Pitch Competition 

Call for Nominations

Compete for a chance to win $1,000 and share your innovation with innovation leaders

Deadline for completed application: September 20, 2018

Date of Pitch Competition: October 23, 2018

It’s Easy!

  1. University of Toronto incubators/accelerators nominate two early-stage innovators before September 20
  2. Nominees complete their portion of the nomination
  3. Three nominees will be chosen by the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation and ONRamp
  4. Successful nominees make their 3 – 5 minute pitch on October 23 at the Manning Innovation Symposium
  5. On-site and on-line audience will vote for the winner
  6. Winner makes their pitch at the 37th Manning Innovation Awards on October 24

What is the Emerging Innovators’ Pitch Competition?

  • It’s new.
  • It’s part of the Manning Innovation Symposium on October 23, 2018 at ONRamp
  • Three early-stage innovators selected from those nominated by UofT incubators/accelerators pitch their innovations to their on-site and on-line peers
  • There’s a cash prize ($1,000) and the winner pitches at the Manning Innovation Awards Dinner on October 24
  • The selection criteria closely follow the criteria used to select the Manning Laureates

Who’s Eligible?

  • Nominees with early-stage (< $100,000 revenue and/or investment), fully realized innovations that have demonstrated success and provide a solution to a current issue or significantly improve on an existing process or product.
  • Eligibility requirements:
    • Canadian citizen
    • Individual innovator or teams of up to three members (only one spokesperson)
    • Under 30 years of age (as of December 31st, 2018)
    • Registered student(s) at the University of Toronto
    • Must be available to participate at the Innovation Symposium on October 23, 2018 and, if selected as the winner, at the 37th Awards Dinner on October 24th
    • Participants must be willing to have their presentations available online

Choosing the Winner

  • The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation and University of Toronto Entrepreneurship will select three nominees to make their pitch at the Manning Innovation Symposium based on:
    • Uniqueness, originality
    • Intellectual achievement
    • The innovation’s success to date and future plans
    • The benefits and beneficiaries of the innovation
  • Selected nominees will be notified October 10th
  • Selected nominees will make a 3 – 5 minute pitch on October 23 at the Manning Innovation Symposium in ONRamp
  • The Symposium will be recorded and streamed on Facebook Live
  • The on-site and on-line audience will vote live for the top pitch
  • The winner will be announced at the end of the Symposium

Let’s Get Started

For questions or more information, call 403.930.4332

Background Information – the Foundation and the Awards

The Manning Innovation Awards
The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been discovering, encouraging and rewarding Canadian innovators and telling their stories for 37 years. Each year, four Canadian innovators are chosen through a Nobel-inspired selection process, and share in prizes worth $145,000. The awards are presented at the Awards Dinner, attended by industry leaders, innovators and innovation thought leaders.

The Manning Innovation Symposium
The Symposium is held in conjunction with the awards dinner. It features TED-like talks by the 2018 Manning Laureates, who share their innovation journeys with post-secondary students. The presentations will be live-streamed and recorded for video production. In 2018, we are launching the Emerging Innovators’ Pitch Competition, where early-stage innovators will be selected by on-site and on-line audience members.

2018 Manning Innovation Symposium

To save your spot at the Symposium, register here.
Date: October 23, 2018
Time: Registration at 10:30 am & Presentations at 11:00 am
Light lunch and networking to follow
Location: ONRamp in the Banting Institute
100 College St, Suite 150, Toronto