Winners of $500 Announced For Top Aspiring Entrepreneurs That Pitched Their Business Ideas at Pitch It!

Two teams came out on top to win a total of $500 cash for their innovative business ideas in the fifth annual Pitch It! competition held at the VentureNorth Building on the evening of October 22, 2019. Hosted by FastStart Peterborough, 13 student groups from Trent University and Fleming College competed for the prizes.
In the Dragon’s Den-style pitch competition, the winners are:
Paper Planter Project – 1st place $350
Compostable planting containers as educational modules to teach children through experiential learning about gardening, growing their own food, sustainability, and patience.

  • Joao Broges, Oanh Ho & Vanessa Mathieu

Eco-Care Project – 2nd place $150
Providing lawn care services in an eco-friendly way through reducing traditional gas engines and using electrical technologies.

  • Shane Willis & Tanner

Judges included Rhonda Keenan, President and CEO, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development; Yves LaFortune, Executive Director, Peterborough Region Angel Network and John Gillis, President and CEO, Innovation Cluster – Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
“This annual event is a great opportunity for any local aspiring entrepreneur attending Trent or Fleming to get out of their comfort zone and practice pitching a business idea,” says Braden Clark, Innovation Specialist at the Innovation Cluster.
Many participants from previous Pitch It! competitions have applied to enter the Innovation Cluster incubator and FastStart programming.