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VentureChallenge Pitch Competition and Awards Luncheon

June 4, 2013

Celebrate the rise of Manitoba’s startup scene…

Join CTV News Anchor, Gord Leclerc as he leads Manitoba’s top entrepreneurs, investors, and innovation community leaders and supporters through an entertaining and informative luncheon to celebrate entrepreneurship and hand out over $30,000 in cash and in-kind prizes to Manitoba’s hottest startups.


On June 19, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Fort Garry Hotel, seven ventures selected from Innovate Manitoba’s Launchpad bootcamp will make formal 10-minute investment pitches to an eclectic panel of judges, followed by 20 minutes of no-holds-barred questions and feedback.

The Celebrating Entrepreneurship Awards Luncheon will follow the competitor pitches and will feature Lane Becker, entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author and Kip Fyfe, Founder of Dynastream and 4iiii Innovations who will present their unique perspectives and expert insights on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
 at the Fort Garry Hotel

Competitor Pitches: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Awards Luncheon/Celebration: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Costs: Competition Pitches – $25 | Awards Luncheon – $35
Both Pitches and Luncheon –  $45

Register at


Gord Leclerc of CTV News Winnipeg will guide Manitoba’s innovation community through the Awards Luncheon program, which, along with featuring two outstanding keynote speakers, will introduce all competitors, announce the finalists, and have them deliver two-minute elevator pitches to the audience before the first, second, and third place winners are announced.


Lane Becker | Entrepreneur & New York Times Bestselling Author
He is co-author of the New York Times bestselling book “Get Lucky: How to Put Planned Serendipity to Work for You and Your Business” and helped coin the term “blog”.  He is flying in from San Francisco to discuss “The Rise of the Global Start-up Scene”. Learn more…
Kip Fyfe | Founder of Dynastream and 4iiii Innovations
An innovator and visionary leader, Kip Fyfe has devoted over 25 years to the high tech industry and has helped redefine sport monitoring technology. This award-winning entrepreneur will share personal insights towards his road to entrepreneurial success. Learn more…


Advolve Media – Bryce North & Kris Luinenburg
Epicenter AV – Chris Johnson
Eyewear Evolution – Sean Sylvestre
Joist – Justin Kathan & Brendan Sedo
Prairie Food Innovation – Michael Reimer
ScheduleAide – Dustin Refvik
VastCon – Anuraag Shrivastav
Learn more about the competitors online!


1st Place: $15,000 in cash, plus in-kind prizes
2nd Place: $7,500 in cash, plus in-kind prizes
3rd Place: $2,500 in cash, plus in-kind prizes
Major in-kind prizes: Innovate Manitoba has partnered with the Banff Venture Forum and the Canadian Financing Forum to award to the top three VentureChallenge companies an expense paid trip to attend the Banff Venture Forum in September 2013 or the Canadian Financing Forum in February 2014, plus a dedicated program at the Forum to help entrepreneurs further develop their skills.


Lane Becker | Entrepreneur and New York Times Best Selling Author
Lane Becker has been hanging out on the Web since it was invented, from his work-study job setting up websites for the University of Texas at Austin in 1994, to his first, sadly failed startup in 1999 (don’t ask), and on to more successful ventures: co-founding Adaptive Path, the first user experience design firm, and Get Satisfaction, an online customer service community platform.
Marc Elrick | Principal, Critical Path Group
Marc Elrick is a Principal of the Critical Path Group, and the Executive Director of the Banff Venture Forum, the Canadian Financing Forum and the Agri Investment Forum.
Aki Georgeacacos | Managing Director, Avrio Capital
Aki Georgeacacos is a co-founder and Managing Director of Avrio Capital, a venture capital firms specializing in food and agriculture. Prior to co-founding Avrio Capital, Aki was a managing Director of FCC Ventures where he led the majority of the fund’s investments.
Jonathon Giller, CFA | Business & Investment Manager
As business and investment manager to James A. Richardson, Jonathon holds a B.A. (Honors) from the University of Manitoba, the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is a candidate in the Chartered Business Valuation program.
You don’t want to miss this outstanding opportunity to learn about the hottest ventures in Winnipeg and network with Manitoba’s leading investors, as well as both local and international leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship!
For more information: Check out the VentureChallenge homepage or REGISTER NOW
Questions? Contact:
Brent Wennekes
Research & Programs Manager | Innovate Manitoba
Technology Transfer & Communications Manager | Red River College | 204.631.3323