Pitch Information

Format: Selected participants will give 10-minute pitch presentations to the panel of investors. This will be followed by a 5-minute Q&A session with the panel. The objective is to share your big picture idea and convince the panel that the $50,000 award will contribute to moving the idea forward3. The pitch should tell a story and highlight (at minimum):

  • The research idea and associated technology (what is it, what does it do)
  • The need or issue addressed (what is the problem)
  • The target audience/customer (addressable market)
  • What the investment will do to advance the idea (use of proceeds)
  • Commercial relevance of project (why is it commercially suited/important)
  • Any supporting data or relevant demo

Other additional considerations for the presentation (i.e. preparation for the Q&A) include an understanding of the market potential, IP position or challenges, and what areas of expertise are being sought that members of the investment panel may possess and could provide.

Following all the pitches, the panel will deliberate, judge and decide which pitch should receive the $50,000 Ernsting Entrepreneurship Award. The winning pitch will be announced during the reception, immediately following the pitches.

Judging criteria

The following criteria will be used to judge the pitches:

  • Has the pitch clearly articulated the value proposition?
  • Has the pitch demonstrated an addressable need and market opportunity?
  • Has the pitch demonstrated competitive differentiation?
  • Has the pitch described the use of proceeds?
  • How effective and convincing was the overall pitch?

Support available

The FACIT team will provide pitch preparation resources leading up to the event. A helpful video lecture on how to build your pitch deck as well as a list of other reference and support materials related to this topic can be found here.


3 Pitches will be made under cover of a non-disclosure agreement that judges and attendees will be required to sign

Where & When


  • Vantage Venues
    16th floor, Garden Hall,
    150 King Street West, Toronto
  • Printable Event Details [PDF]
  • April 4, 2019
    Pitch Competition 3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    Reception 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Audience registration

This year’s event has now reached capacity for audience attendance.