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It’s a Start - Creative Camp - March 2, 2019

Win $5K for your Startup!  

One of Toronto’s leading pitch competitions is back! The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator at George Brown College is proud to present the 2019 IT’S A START Pitch Competition.

This April, ten startups will be selected to pitch their ideas in front of a live audience and judges at Digifest 2019.  All startups have the opportunity to pitch their business idea, convince the judges of its value, and impress the crowd in 5 minutes for the chance to win cash, space along with an opportunity to attend Beijing’s Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Conference (OTEC).

CREATIVE CAMP - March 2, 2019



SESSION A: BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS WITH SIMA GANDHI Sima has a varied background in private sector startups, spanning different industries including manufacturing, education and construction. Sima was the senior manager of MaRS’ Entrepreneurship Programs, Canada’s largest non-academic provider of entrepreneurship education. In 2016, Sima was selected as Entrepreneur in Residence by the Toronto reference Library and has continued mentoring entrepreneurs and enterprise on new approaches to innovation. Riince is Sima’s latest startup, a kitchen utensil addressing the changing eating patterns of the millennial population.

SESSION B: BOOTSTRAP MARKETING FOR TECH STARTUPS WITH NYIMA GYALMO Nyima is committed to helping businesses succeed by leveraging communication, and connections through strategic social media marketing. She is the founder of Social Sherpa, a digital communication boutique helping small businesses amplify their story by leveraging social media marketing and more! She also founded Sherpa Labs, a company focused on health tech consulting services. Outside of business, she regularly blogs about science and technology. And for the past four years, she has been a dedicated mentor at Business in the Streets (BITS), a youth startup incubator that helps enterprising youth bring their business idea to fruition.







MaRS PITCHING TO INVESTORS WORKSHOP Chris Giantsopoulos - Facilitator, Entrepreneurship Education Chris Giantsopoulos helps people and businesses meet their potential by leveraging his three passions: entrepreneurship, technology and education. He is a founding member and director of a successful Toronto-based sports registration company called QuickEnrollment Inc. Chris has developed PayUp Jack, an e-commerce/social enterprise company, and was a team leader at the Bank of Montreal’s Institute for Learning. This workshop will help you to understand how to create a powerful pitch that you can use to engage with potential investors.


Earlier Event: February 26
Business Operations Webinar
Later Event: March 5
Business Plan Bootcamp City Hall