FACIT Falcons' Fortunes 2018 - Pitch Competition

Concept: Falcons’ Fortunes (based on the popular TV series Dragons’ Den) invites Ontario-based entrepreneurs working in the oncology space to pitch innovative research ideas to a panel of friendly investors. Hosted by the FACIT Falcons (i.e. the FACIT team), this annual event will see entrepreneurial researchers vie for the $50,000 Ernsting Entrepreneurship Award to invest in the most promising oncology research idea1.

While the research idea should be novel and sound, the competition is for the best pitch – i.e. the presentation that best convinces the investor panel on the value of the idea and how $50,000 would improve and/or better illustrate the potential (and if possible commercial2) value of the innovative idea itself.


Building a culture supportive of entrepreneurship and commercialization in Ontario is critical to drive innovation. The Falcons’ Fortunes event, a FACIT initiative, endeavors to enhance, support and celebrate a culture of commercialization in Ontario, such as the cultivation of skill sets that enable ideas to be successfully pitched to investors and promotion of entrepreneurial spirit.


The Falcons’ Fortunes pitch competition is open to any Ontario-based entrepreneurial researcher (e.g. academia, research institutions, research hospitals, startups, etc.) working in the oncology space. Joint pitches from up to two researchers are also eligible. Basically, anyone with the entrepreneurial itch should participate!

What oncology research ideas are in scope: Pitch ideas can be related to any cancer-related research in Ontario.


Established by the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) and the Province of Ontario as a strategic partner to accelerate commercialization of oncology innovations, the Fight Against Cancer Innovation Trust (FACIT) leads these innovations from the lab to the marketplace to benefit patients, researchers, investors and the Ontario economy. For more information, please visit the website at facit.ca.

1 Subject to further due diligence following the event and final approval by the FACIT Board of Trustees
2 “Commercial value” includes patient benefits that reach the market as well as economic impacts such as job creation or capital generation

Where & When

  • Vantage Venues
    (formerly known as St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre),
    16th floor, Garden Hall,
    150 King Street West, Toronto
  • Printable Event Details [PDF]
  • April 11, 2018
    Pitch Competition 3:00–5:30 p.m.
    Reception 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Audience registration

Opens Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Click here to register

Seating is limited.