ventureLAB’s™ Hardtech Summit, held in partnership with the Regional Municipality of York, is Canada’s premier hardware technology-focused summit and will take place this fall in the month of November. This is a 2-day conference, with the highlight being our annual Pitch Competition.
In 2022, we welcomed over 1300 participants from across Canada and the world to engage with the thought leaders and founders putting Canadian hardware innovators on the global map, producing transformative experiences, creating groundbreaking products, and inspiring the next generation of tech titans.
This year, the stage will once again be open to Canadian tech companies developing hardware and semiconductor-focused solutions in the form of ventureLAB’s signature HardTech Pitch Summit.
Up to eight companies will be selected to pitch for their chance to take home a collective $50,000 in cash prizes and showcase their breakthrough products and innovations in hardware technology to industry CEOs, investors, advisors, innovation experts, private-sector leaders, government, and media.
Are you a Canadian startup and think you have what it takes?
The competition is open to small and medium size enterprises developing hardware products and innovations. Company innovations can impact, but are not limited to, the following industries:
Applications for 2023 are NOW CLOSED.
Companies must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the HardTech Pitch Competition:
*Winners will be required to submit company progress and impact surveys to ventureLAB™ or York Region upon request
Application Period: July 26 - Aug 28, 2023
Finalists Selected: September 23
Orientation and pitch coaching: September 28th, 1:00-4:00 PM EST
Pitch Coaching: October 9-13 (one-on-one sessions with pitch coach)
Mock Pitch Day: October 26, 10:00 am-12:30 pm EST
Pitch Day: Early November
*Dates and times are subject to change
Eligible applications will be evaluated and scored based on criteria aligned with the challenge statement, which include:
Applications are NOW CLOSED.
For questions related to the application process, contact: email@example.com
ventureLAB™ is a leading global founder community for hardware technology and enterprise software companies in Canada. Located at the heart of Ontario’s innovation corridor in York Region, ventureLAB is part of one of the biggest and most diverse tech communities in Canada. Our initiatives focused on raising capital, talent retention, commercializing technology and IP, and customer acquisition have enabled thousands of companies to create over 5,000 jobs and raise more than $340 million in investment capital. At ventureLAB, we grow globally competitive tech titans that build-to-scale in Canada, for global markets. www.venturelab.ca
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