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International Business student wins $1,000 for innovative startup pitch

November 13, 2014

20141112-IMG_5796A smartphone-controlled dog collar designed by a Red River College student fetched a $1,000 prize at Innovate Manitoba’s annual pitch-off.

Pablo Steinberg (above), an International Business student at RRC, won the Best Student Pitch award at Innovate Manitoba’s Pitch’Day, where 20 local startups were given two minutes each to convince a panel of judges to support their respective business concepts.

Steinberg’s award was for N’leashed, a dog-training collar that’s operated with a smartphone. Steinberg will soon take the next step to finish the N’leashed prototype and bring it to market.

This year’s Pitch’Day drew its largest attendance yet, with roughly 200 innovators, investors and business leaders gathering to challenge and cheer on the startups pitching their ideas.

The event’s $7,500 top prize went to Chris Karasewich, whose Cattle Track app digitizes farmers’ log books, while the $2,500 second-place prize went to Matthew Doak, whose GameChangr service matches competitive eSports players with suitable one-on-one coaches.

The People’s Choice Award, Best Researcher Pitch and Best Technology Pitch (worth a combined $3,000) all went to Andrea Kraj and Noel Ferrer, whose CORE Renewable Energy Inc. provides real-time solutions for complex energy problems.

All of the event’s winners received entry into Innovate Manitoba’s Launch’Pad Startup Skills Workshop. Jan Lederman, Innovate Manitoba president, said she was thrilled with the concepts presented.

“The quality of the pitches was impressive, and I have no doubt that many of these innovative companies will go on to great things,” said Lederman. “[Even] companies that didn’t win here today may be our next big success stories.”

Click here for more information on Innovate Manitoba, and here to learn more about RRC’s International Business program.