2018 SLaight NEW VENTURE COMPETITION

For seventeen years the Slaight New Venture Competition in the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) at Ryerson University has fostered student entrepreneurship by awarding two $25,000 prizes of startup seed money to two TRSM students - one female and one male. Through the Basecamp program run out of Sandbox by Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone, the two competition winners will be connected to support and mentorship opportunities in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including Ryerson University Zones and a one-year free subscription to Clausehound’s library of small business contracts.

Hosted by StartMeUp, the NVC culminates with pitch presentations by six competition finalists at the final competition event on Friday, March 2, 2018.

Previous competitors include Soapbox, which received $3MM in seed funding in 2015 and is now part of Ryerson's Digital Media Zone.


CRITERIA

  1. ONLY individuals can enter the competition, one per each new venture proposal submission.

  2. Individual competition entrants must be either current or recently graduated (within 12 months of convocation) TRSM full time undergraduate and graduate students.

  3. The new venture must be less than 18 months old.

  4. The new venture has to be more than just an idea; should have begun customer development, be working on an MVP/prototype, etc.

  5. If the new venture is selected for stage two as one of the six finalists, the presentation team can include no more than two presenters, one of which must be the individual who entered the competition.

  6. Individuals who enter the competition must be entitled to at least half the new venture equity (e.g., 50% or more)

  7. ONLY one submission per new venture.

TIMELINE

NEW VENTURE PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
Deadline: Extended to February 14th, 2018 @ 11:59PM

Six finalists will be selected by TRSM Entrepreneurship & Strategy professors.

PITCH WORKSHOPS
February 16 - 27, 2018

Compulsory participation in pitch preparation workshops with TRSM and industry experts.

FINAL PRESENTATIONS  March 2nd, 2018

Six finalists will present a 5-minute New Venture pitch to a judging panel of Ryerson University professors and industry professionals and a general audience at an open invitation event.


Contact

Cynthia Mason: clmason@ryerson.ca

Kostyantyn Grabar: kgrabar@ryerson.ca

TJ Driediger: taylor.driediger@ryerson.ca