Collage of three pictures from the 2020 John D. Thompson Entrepreneurial Development Seminar, image 1 is a picture of the audience, image two is a picture of the judges and image three is a team presenting their pitch.

TechIdea Pitch Competition

The competition encourages McGill students, working in teams, to propose new technologically-based ideas/solutions in the form of new products, services and/or ventures to solve real world problems.

How It Works

  1. Submit your TechIdea before the new deadline on January 3rd, 2021 at 11:59PM (EST)

  2. Top 5 ideas are selected by Jan 7th and coaching is provided to help them develop their pitch  

  3. Finalists pitch their idea during EUS TechWeek on Jan 20th, 2021 | 5:30 - 6:30 PM EST

  4. Top 3 pitches win cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100

Pitch Details 

  • Each team will have 5 minutes to present their idea or solution in an "elevator pitch" format to a panel of judges from the business and technical community. This will challenge students to present themselves, and their idea, in a concise and convincing way.
  • Judges will have 2 minutes to ask questions and give feedback.

 

Eligibility

The TechIdea Pitch Competition is open to any McGill University student team comprised of 2 to 4 members where at least one member is a currently enrolled student, undergraduate or graduate, in McGill’s Faculty of Engineering. If you have already developed your solution and are beyond the idea stage (e.g. already have sales/customer transactions or have raised company funding from sources other than friends and family), then you are not eligible.

Submission and Selection Process

Step 1 – Submit your idea summary by Sunday, December 13, 2020, 11:59PM (EST), here: “submission form”

Step 2 – Finalists notified and announced on Thursday, January 7, 2021

Step 3 – Finalists attend coaching sessions

Step 4 – TechIdea Pitch Competition will be held on  January 20, 2021, 5;30-6:30 PM (detailed schedule coming soon)

Judging Criteria

Finalists will be selected from their idea summaries based on:

  • Degree of innovation, feasibility, competitive advantage of solution
  • Degree of economic and/or social impact
  • Technical and business challenges clearly identified

Pitch Winners Selections

Pitch winners will be selected based on:

  • Degree of innovation, feasibility, competitive advantage of solution
  • Degree of economic and/or social impact
  • Effectiveness and enthusiasm of pitch
  • Answers to questions from the panelists and the audience

2019 Winning Teams

2020 Winning Teams

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