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 to solve real world problems. This year's pitch competition is taking place on October 27th, 2022 during the John D. Thompson Entrepreneurial Development Seminar and it will have a Cleantech theme. The submissions must be an idea/solution to pressing global environmental issues

How It Works

  1. Students submit their Cleantech Idea before the deadline on September 25th 2022, 11:59PM (ET)  
  2. Top 5 ideas are selected by October 5th 2022 and coaching is provided to help them develop their pitch
  3. Finalists pitch their idea during the 9th Annual John D. Thompson Entrepreneurial Development Seminar on October 27th, 2022
  4. Top 3 pitches win cash prizes of $500, $250 and $100 plus a bonus $50 prize for audience favorite 

Pitch Details 

  • Each team will have 5 minutes to present their Cleantech idea or solution in an "elevator pitch" format to a panel of judges from the Cleantech 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.



  • Idea must have a Cleantech component  

  • Open to any McGill University student team comprised of 2 to 4 members  

  • At least one team member is a currently enrolled student, undergraduate or graduate, in McGill’s Faculty of Engineering.  

  • Your solution is not beyond the idea stage. If you 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 by September 25th 2022, 11:59PM (ET) , here: “submission form

Step 2 – Finalists notified by October 5, 2022

Step 3 – Finalists attend coaching sessions

Step 4 – The Cleantech Idea Pitch Competition will be held during the John D. Thompson Entrepreneurial Development Seminar on October 27th from 5:00-8:00 PM (ET) 

Judging Criteria

Finalists will be selected from their idea summaries based on:

  • Degree of environmental, economic and social impact
  • Degree of innovation, feasibility, competitive advantage of solution
  • 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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