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Northern Ontario Angels - NOA
Northern Ontario Angels - NOA
Northern Ontario Angels - NOA
Northern Ontario Angels - NOA

September 19th / Place des Arts, Sudbury, ON

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Tabassum Pasha, Cofounder and COO, WaiveTheWait, Judge's Choice Winner at NORCAT PITCH 2023
Tabassum Pasha, Cofounder and COO, WaiveTheWait, Judge's Choice Winner at NORCAT PITCH 2023

Venture North PITCH 2024

Venture North is making a triumphant return this year. In an exciting new partnership, Northern Ontario Angels (NOA) has joined forces with NORCAT Innovation to seamlessly blend with our annually anticipated PITCH event. The afternoon will kick off with a keynote presentation by Dragon’s Den Advisor Dr. Sean Wise, fireside chats, post-secondary pitches, a private investor zone with local music, and will end in the evening with the PITCH finalists who will be awarded cash prizes.

Arriving at this new collaboration, we proudly present Venture North Pitch 2024, taking place at Place des Arts in Sudbury, Ontario. Our event is designed to not only capture the attention of potential accredited investors but also to entice companies to make their mark in the North. After all, why not choose the limitless possibilities of Northern Ontario?

WHAT IS PITCH 2024?

For over a decade now, NORCAT has provided a platform for entrepreneurs to pitch their ventures to a seasoned panel of investors. Some of these enterprises have notably evolved into key players in the tech industry, generating sustainable jobs and wealth. By joining forces, we are amplifying the impact for our communities through this continuum.

Four companies will be pitching in front of our esteemed panel of judges for the chance to win the following prizes and the opportunity to pitch for $250,000 CAD:

$250,000 CAD Grand Prize - Investment from the Sudbury Catalyst Fund, $10,000 CAD Judge's Choice Award, $5,000 CAD People's Choice Award, $3,000 CAD In-kind vouchers to support business development $250,000 CAD Grand Prize - Investment from the Sudbury Catalyst Fund, $10,000 CAD Judge's Choice Award, $5,000 CAD People's Choice Award, $3,000 CAD In-kind vouchers to support business development

Applications


Key Dates

Applications Open: July 9th, 2024

Applications Close: July 23rd, 2024

PITCH Preparation: September 19th, 2024

PITCH 2024: September 19th, 2024

NORCAT Innovation - Greater Sudbury's Regional Innovation Centre

NORCAT Innovation works with community partners to help start and accelerate the growth of innovative companies that will drive future economic and social prosperity for Canada.

Contact Brendan Skiffington to learn more - bskiffington@norcat.org

Over 1000 Mentorship Hours Provided Per Year
Over $130M Raised in Equity Capital
Over 300 Sustainable Jobs Created

Featured Speakers

Dr.Sean Wise

Dr. Sean Wise

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Former Dragon’s Den Advisor
Toronto Metropolitan University

Ian Lane

Ian Lane

Executive Director
Northern Ontario Angels

Brendan Skiffington

Brendan Skiffington

NORCAT Innovation Manager
NORCAT

Sheri Tomchick

Sheri Tomchick

President
Plan A

Randi Ray

Randi Ray

Founder
Miikana Consulting & Noojimo Health

Emily Mantle

Emily Mantle

Founder
Compass CPA

Josée Pharand

Josée Pharand

Business Development Officer
City of Greater Sudbury

Danielle Graham

Danielle Graham

Co-Founder
The Firehood


Media Contacts

NORCAT

Cynthia Furlotte, Communications Lead

cfurlotte@norcat.org
705-521-8324 ext. 293

Northern Ontario Angels (NOA)

Taran Bassan, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

taran@northernontarioangels.ca
647-688-0998

City of Greater Sudbury

 

communications@greatersudbury.ca
 


Accomodations

Do you need overnight accomodations?

Enjoy a special discounted rate exclusively for Venture North Pitch attendees when booking your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Sudbury located at 475 Barry Downe Road through us! Secure your accommodations today for a seamless conference experience.

Reserve online using the promotion code PITCH or call the hotel directly 705-586-3001 to book.

Note: Room bookings must be made before Wednesday, September 4th, 2024.

Are you planning to fly in?

Enjoy a special discounted rate exclusively for Venture North Pitch attendees when booking your flight with Bearskin Airlines! Secure your flights today for a seamless conference experience.

Reserve online using the promotion code NOA15OFF or call the Thunder Bay line directly 1-800-465-2327 to book.

Note: This promo code can be only be used for flight dates between September 17th to September 22nd.


Testimonials

CircuitIQ
CircuitIQ
2022

My first pitch with NORCAT Innovation was a night I'll never forget. Not only did I conquer my stage fright, but I also won! This unexpected victory caught the eye of a major investor—one who had never invested in a startup before. His investment of over $1 million, my largest yet, changed everything.

Since that night in Sudbury, our company has taken off. We've relocated to the city, secured $2 million in seed funding from local investors, and grown our team from 7 to 26 in just two years. The momentum from that initial win has opened doors to new partnerships and investments, solidifying our place in the industry.

Luke Begley, CircuitIQ Founder, PITCH 2022

iRegained
iRegained
2019

Participating at PITCH 2019 was an amazing experience for me personally and for all of us as a team. The event was well organized and gave us a wonderful introduction to the City of Sudbury. The pitch also provided us with the resources we were looking for, including the northern Ontario investment ecosystem both public and private, and significant networking across industries, that enabled us to succeed.

Thanks to the opportunity to pitch, we got a lot of coverage and wonderful support both locally and beyond. As a result, we received funding support at multiple levels both from public and private sources.

This opportunity got us to establish our head quarters in Sudbury. Further, granted us easy access to the outstanding talent pool from the local academic institutions. As a result, IRegained experienced significant business traction and growth of the company overall.

Veneet Johnson, iRegained CEO, PITCH 2019

OQPY
OQPY
2019

“Since PITCH 2019, we have been able to create relationships and access funding, which allowed us to make big moves in product development and beta testing. We are now at full scale and have the product in use.”

Kari Juuti, OQPY CEO, PITCH 2019

RNA Diagnostics
RNA Diagnostics
2014

“It was a fun, and was able to introduce us to investors who have helped us. Subsequently the investors were extremely helpful. Today we are in the final process large scale clinical trial at 40 centers across NA and Europe. It is a difficult task to bring an invention to market but we had a lot of help from people in Sudbury, now 6 years later you can see how far we grown” great practice and networking. Sudbury has been very helpful.”

John Connolly, EVP Corporate Development, PITCH 2014

Verv Technologies
Verv Technologies
2014

“What do you do when you are a bunch of scientists with a great idea wanting to create a business but you don't know how? Fortunately, NORCAT was there. It's entrepreneurship 101 course was perfect for us to understand all the facets of starting a business. As we encountered typical startup hurdles, the NORCAT team was always there to provide insight and advice.

I believe we were one of the first startups to be in the inaugural NORCAT PITCH. The assistance in preparation for this was so helpful and that experience has been utilized constantly over the last few years in our numerous pitches - many successful.

Verv is still in the startup mode, still moving forward and raising capital for our venture. We are now in the commercialization phase of getting our Biochemistry analyzer into consumer hands. Optimizing our system, getting ready for certifications, mass manufacturing, marketing and sales, there is a lot to creating a successful business and NORCAT has been helping us all the way.

As a northerner, the only way to have our community grow and diversify is to develop a class or entrepreneurs who will create business here. To do that, entrepreneurial mentorship, advice, and fostering angel investment is necessary and NORCAT has helped lead this.”

Jeff Sutton, Founder & President, PITCH 2014


Our Partners

City of Greater Sudbury
Bereskin Parr
Cambrian College
CompassCPA
CORE5
Eastlink Community TV
Link North
GSDC
Innova Wealth Management
Northern Ontario Angels - NOA
Plan A - Powered by StaffStat
Querneys
Sudbury Capital Fund