The second annual FastStart ‘Pitch It! Ideas Unleashed’ entrepreneurship competition, held at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) yielded 12 of the most innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs from Trent University, Fleming College, Durham College and UOIT, and there was no lack of amazement!
Sponsored by FastStart, an entrepreneurial training partnership aimed at university and college students, the competition brought together judges from industry, students and academic partners including the Spark Centre and the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster.
Pitch It! 2016 focused on four main sectors of entrepreneurship with the three finalists in each sector: Agriculture and Food, The Environment, Information and Technology, and The Trades. After a challenging night of pitching, four winners rose from the ashes and took home a $500 prize each.
The Winners of the 2016 Pitch It! competition include:
Agriculture and Food
Isioma Mafiana – Groceries2Go
Post-graduate student in Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Christian Schortemeyer -Viride Living Walls
Fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship
Information & Technology
Daniel Stewart- Rate My Landlord App & Website
Fourth-Year Business Administration student
Lauren Doorensplett – The DIY project
Fourth-year Business Administration student specializing in Marketing
Yes, you read that right. All four winners of the 2016 Pitch It! Ideas Unleashed competition were from Trent University! “I want to go home and call my mom right now,” stated Isioma Mafiana following his team’s victory in the Agriculture & Food category with their Groceries2Go presentation. “We started out with something that was just an idea and now it feels like I could do something with it. I want to make it a business. I want to thank Trent for giving me the chance to do it.”
Rosalea Terry, entrepreneurship and marketing coordinator at the GPIC manages the FastStart program for Trent University and helped prepare many of the students for the competition. According to Ms. Terry, “Trent students killed it.”
“This really pushed us to nail down our idea, work on a strategic direction, and get excited about becoming student entrepreneurs!” said Christian Schortemeyer of the Viride Living Walls team.
With a bit of start up money and a lot of ambition, we’re anticipating big things for these winners. Congratulations to everyone who made it to the finals!