Rules

STEP 1: Eligibility

STEP 2: Pick Your Team or Enter Individually

STEP 3: Create Your Account

STEP 4: Make Your Video

STEP 5: Submit Your Video

STEP 6: Promote Your Video

STEP 7: Judging Your Video

Timelines

Timelines
DateActivity
Tuesday, September 29, 2017Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch launches
Tuesday, September 29, 2017Video submission period opens
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – 5 p.m.Mailed video submission period closes
Thursday, March 22, 2018 Video submission period closes
Monday, March 26, 2018 – 9 a.m.Online voting period opens
Friday, April 6, 2018 – 1 p.m.Online voting period closes
Thursday, April 12, 2018Judging panel determines finalists and students are notified
Sunday, April 29, 2018Entrepreneur boot camp at OneEleven
Monday, April 30, 2018Live pitch event at OCE's Discovery at Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Tuesday, May 1, 2018Awards are presented at OCE's Discovery at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

*All dates are subject to change at the discretion of the competition organizers.

STEP 1: Eligibility

  • You are eligible for this competition if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident enrolled full-time in an Ontario high school in Grades 9-12.
  • Immediate family members of employees of the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science or Ontario Centres of Excellence are not eligible to enter this competition.
  • To qualify for funding through Summer Company, winners must meet all of the Summer Company Program Guidelines.
  • If you are under the age of 18 at the time of entry, you must have the entry form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

STEP 2: Pick Your Team or Enter Individually

  • Competition entries can be done on an individual or team basis.
  • Teams may include up to four (4) students.
  • Teams are required to name a team representative, who will be responsible for submitting the entry form and serving as the team’s primary contact for matters related to the competition.
  • You may not participate as both an individual entrant and a team entrant.
  • If a team is selected as a finalist, only one representative is eligible to pitch live at the Make Your Pitch competition. This team representative and their chaperone will receive an all-expense paid trip to OCE’s annual Discovery conference in Toronto, where the competition occurs.
  • If a team is selected as a winner, the team representative will be presented the award and the opportunity to attend Summer Company on behalf of their team..

STEP 3: Create Your Account

  • To enter, go to the Enter Tab. You must create a competition account before you can submit your entry.
  • To create an account for the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition, you can either create an account using Facebook or create an account through the Enter tab. If you experience any difficulty with this process, please contact a competition coordinator at support@makeyourpitch.ca.
  • An entry form must be completed before you can enter a video into the competition. If you experience any issues accessing the entry form it can be downloaded here and sent to support@makeyourpitch.ca.

STEP 4: Make Your Video

Length
  • Create a video no longer than two (2) minutes in length, including credits, that presents your entrepreneurship or innovation idea.
  • All videos exceeding two (2) minutes will be cut off at the 2-minute mark without exception.. If your video submission exceeds two (2) minutes, you are able to edit and re-submit your entry with no penalty so long as the entry is re- submitted prior to the submission deadline.

Developing Your Video

Your video must be entirely your original work and you must grant the competition organizers unrestricted use and reproduction rights for any purposes.

  • Videos must address the following questions:
    • Who will your customers be?
    • What problems will it solve?
    • Why will your business succeed?

Your idea must be well presented and reasonable, and have the potential of being implemented

  • Types of videos can include:
    • Live Action
    • Screen casts
    • Motion graphics/animation
    • Slideshows with voiceover
  • It is important to remember that the submissions will be judged on the quality of the pitch and not the quality of the video.
  • The competition organizers ensure that bilingual judges are included in the judging panel for both the online phase of the competition and the live pitching event at Discovery. Participants are encouraged to present their idea in either English or French, whichever is most comfortable for them.
  • In order to be eligible for the competition, you must submit a written transcription of your video along with your video upload. Please double-check your video transcript for grammar, spelling and punctuation as it will be posted as part of your competition entry on the website. This is an important element because it helps in the goal of making Ontario accessible for all Ontarians. By creating accessible communications, we’re helping ensure Ontario’s 1.85 million citizens living with a disability have opportunities to participate fully in everyday life.
    • Here is an example of a video transcript for Quinsea McKenna’s winning pitch for FUNDJA. Click here to watch the video.
  • For more information on the importance of accessibility, visit the Understanding Accessibility page of the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth website.

*In these rules, “minor” means a contestant less than 18 years of age.

Regions

For the purpose of this competition, finalists will be chosen from six (6) regions across Ontario based on the following high school regions designated by the Ministry of Education . You can check out the full Regional Breakdown by School Board here to find your region

Categories

For the purposes of this competition, the following six (6) categories have been created as a guide for framing your business pitch:

Arts, Culture and Tourism – A product or service that enhances lifestyle such as music, media, guided tours, photography, recreation and sports.

Services – Selling personal or professional services such as aesthetics, pet services, childcare, landscaping, and/or home maintenance activities.

Retail Goods – Selling consumer goods. This could include sales of food, gifts, clothing or accessories.

Social Enterprise – A mission-driven organization that applies market-based strategies to achieve a social or environmental purpose. A social enterprise can be incorporated as either a not-for-profit or for-profit company that operates with a business-like discipline.

Environment – A product or service with a positive impact on the environment, society and the economy through such methods as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste and/or the use of harmful chemicals or improving energy efficiency and water quality.

Technology – A product or service such as manufacturing, information management, communications and/or digital media.

STEP 5: Submit Your Video

Submit Your Video Online

Complete the steps to upload your video and written transcript. Please double-check your video transcript for grammar, spelling and punctuation as it will be posted as part of your competition entry on the website.

Submissions received after the competition closing date will not be accepted.

Submit Your Video by Mail

If you are unable to upload your video or if you do not have access to broadband Internet, please call 416-861-1092 ext. 1121 or email support@makeyourpitch.ca to have an entry form sent to you. Your video must be clearly labelled with your video’s title, your name and telephone number, and attached to a signed entry form.

Send your video and entry form by mail to the following address and the competition organizers will upload the video on your behalf:

Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch
c/o Ontario Centres of Excellence
325 Front Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2Y1

The competition organizers will not be responsible for damage to videos resulting from shipping or handling.

All videos and entry forms must be uploaded or received by competition organizers between  Tuesday, September 29, 2017 at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018  Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Note that mail submissions must be received and uploaded prior to the voting period.  Mailed entries will not be accepted for upload after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

STEP 6: Promote Your Video

  • Promote your video through any social media platform using the #makeyourpitch hashtag or by word of mouth to your peers.

STEP 7: Judging Your Video

  • Your video will be judged through a combination of online public voting and a judging panel chosen by the competition organizers. Public votes will make up 40 per cent and the judging panel review will make up 60 per cent of the total score.
  • Public voting will open at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018 and close at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018. Public voting is limited to one vote per person, per day.
  • Judges will score your video based on the following:
 
Judging criteria
Judging Criteria Components
Viability of Product, Service or Invention (30%)
  • Clear and realistic description and purpose
  • Meets a specific need, fills a gap, or solves a problem
  • Target market clearly identified
Creativity (30%)
  • Creative and interesting message and use of branding (e.g., company name, logo, tag lines)
  • Effective use of video techniques
Persuasiveness (30%)
  • Clarity and tone of message
  • Supported by evidence
  • Effective sales pitch
Marketing (10%)
  • Effective closing (call to action)
  • The judges’ decisions on all matters relating to the competition are final, conclusive and not open to dispute.

Finalists

The top videos in each region will become finalists with five (5) spots reserved for exceptional entries decided by the expert judges:

Regions and Finalists.
RegionFinalists
Barrie Region2
London Region3
Ottawa Region2
Sudbury-North Bay Region 2
Thunder Bay Region2
Toronto and Area Region4
Judges’ Choice5
Total20

Finalists will be notified by telephone and/or email by Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

  • All finalists will be invited to pitch their business idea at the annual Discovery conference at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 30 & May 1, 2018.
  • All finalists will receive additional support in preparation for the pitch at Discovery.
  • If a finalist declines the invitation to pitch at Discovery, the award(s) will be forfeited and awarded to another entry in accordance with these competition rules.
  • Only the winning entries will be notified. Videos of the finalists will be identified on the competition website by Thursday, April 12, 2018.
  • Competition organizers, in their sole discretion, reserve the right to move a video from one category to another if they deem that it has been improperly designated by the contestant or if there is an insufficient number of entries in another category.
  • If a team is selected as a finalist, only one representative is eligible to pitch live at the Make Your Pitch competition. This team representative and their chaperone will receive an all-expense paid trip to OCE’s annual Discovery conference in Toronto, where the competition occurs.

Awards

  • To qualify for funding through Summer Company, Regional Winners must meet all of the Summer Company Program Guidelines.
  • If a winner does not qualify for the Summer Company program, an equivalent in support will be provided (i.e., Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) or Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) services).
  • Awards will be awarded to all winners, or team representative if working as a team.
  • If a team is selected as a winner, the team representative will be presented the award and the opportunity to attend Summer Company on behalf of their team.
  • If the competition organizers, in their sole discretion, deem that an insufficient quantity or quality of entries has been received, the competition organizers reserve the right not to present any awards.

General Information

  • In these guidelines, “competition organizers” refers to Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Government of Ontario.
  • All video submissions must be respectful and courteous, and in English or French or both. You are fully responsible for everything you submit, and all videos are intended for the general public. Therefore, to protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, do not include personal information such as phone numbers, social insurance numbers, banking information, resumes or email addresses in your video. Competition organizers will not accept videos that are offensive to an individual or an organization, rude in tone, or abusive.
  • Competition organizers reserve the right to refuse any video submission containing:
    • Racist, hateful, sexist, homophobic, slanderous, insulting or life-threatening content
    • Serious, unproven, unsupported, or inaccurate accusations against individuals or organizations
    • Abusive, aggressive, coarse, explicit, vulgar, violent, obscene, or pornographic content
    • Content that encourages or suggests illegal activity
    • Announcements, solicitations, advertisements, or endorsements of any organizations and agencies
  • Attempts to defame or defraud any individual, group or agency
  • Anyone acting contrary to these rules may be temporarily or permanently excluded from the competition's spaces, accounts and channels, where applicable.
  • The competition organizers reserve the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition for any reason, without any prior notice to any contestant.
  • The competition organizers are not responsible for telephone, computer or network malfunction or error, whether technical or human in nature, communication disruption, or other forces beyond the reasonable control of the competition organizers.
  • The competition organizers reserve the right to correct any typographical, printing, computer programming or operator errors.
  • These rules may be changed without notice or reason including, if necessary, to comply with any applicable law. By entering this competition, contestants agree to abide by these rules and acknowledge that the competition organizers shall not be responsible for any damages, costs, demands, claims or losses of any kind, incurred by any contestant as a result of participation in this competition.
  • This competition shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Ontario. These rules govern all aspects of the competition and are binding on all contestants and all other participants including parents, legal guardians and team members who sign the official entry form.
  • This competition is void where prohibited by law.

What You Need to Know about Your Video Submission

  • All video uploads must be accompanied by a written transcript of your video. Please double-check your video transcript for grammar, spelling and punctuation as it will be posted as part of your competition entry on the website.
  • All entries become the property of the competition organizers.
  • Your video must not infringe upon or violate any laws or any third-party rights, including, but not limited to, copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary rights and must not lead to any cause of action, including libel, defamation, privacy violation, contract breach or tort.
  • If necessary you must obtain all necessary permissions, licences, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and other approvals from third parties (including, but not limited to, all copyright holders and all individuals appearing in the video submission), necessary to use the video submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast the video submission worldwide, by any means. Any and all such permissions, licences, clearances, releases, waivers of moral rights and approvals must be attached to the video submission.
  • Your own personal safety and the safety of your cast, crew and others involved with the production of the video submission must be maintained. Do not endanger anyone during the making of your video.
  • Each contestant (and, in the case of minors*, a parent or legal guardian) must consent to the use, reproduction, publication, transmission and/or broadcasting of his/her name, address, likeness, school, age, grade and/or prize information, without compensation, in any advertisement, publication or promotion, for general news or other information purposes. Winners must also consent to their photographs being taken by the competition organizers for the same purposes, without further compensation.
  • Each contestant (and his/her parent or legal guardian, if applicable) irrevocably and in perpetuity grants the competition organizers, without compensation, the right to use the video submission, in whole or in part, in any way, including without limitation, to reproduce, make derivatives, edit, modify, translate, distribute, transmit, publish, license and broadcast the video submission worldwide, by any means.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the contestant to ensure that the video is uploaded or received by mail between Tuesday, September 29, 2017 at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, 2018 Eastern Daylight Savings Time (5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, 2018 Eastern Daylight Savings Time for mailed submissions).


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