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Monday, Feb. 20

Application Deadline

Upload your application package via the Application Submission form by 11:59 PM.

Ensure you review the checklist prior to submit the required files within the application form.  

These decisions will be made based upon the information provided in the application and executive summary. Business model and progress to date including prototypes, initial customers and/or revenue and future plans will be considered.

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Info Session

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Location: Virtual
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Learn all you need to know about Venture Prize 2023 including application criteria, important dates, and more. Bring your questions! 

TUESDAY, feb. 28

Get Pitch Perfect Workshop

Time: 12:30-2:00 PM
Location: SFU VentureLabs, 555 West Hastings Street Suite #1100, Vancouver
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Learn the key ingredients in perfecting your pitch. For Venture Prize competitors, this is a great opportunity to improve your pitch and get valuable feedback prior to the preliminary pitch-off. This workshop is free and open to the public.

tuesday, feb. 28

Budget from the Bottom-Up Workshop

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: SFU VentureLabs, 555 West Hastings Street Suite #1100, Vancouver
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The Budget From the Bottom Up Workshop is designed to help you understand, create, and define your company’s financial outlook on the basis from the ground up. Bottom-Up means analyzing and combining each key activity or process to generate the bigger picture. No prior knowledge in finance or accounting required. This workshop is free and Venture Prize competitors are encouraged to attend. 

Friday, MAR. 3

Pitch Social Night

Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: SFU Charles Chang Innovation Centre, 308 W Hastings St, Vancouver
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Join us for Pitch Social Nights with the Chang Institute & Coast Capital Venture Connection. We are organizing pitch practices open to folks at any experience level who are looking to learn from / practice their pitching, and network with like-minded people! It is also a great opportunity for Venture Prize competitor to prepare for your preliminary pitch-off. Sign up and enjoy the pitch social nights, snacks provided!

tuesday, Mar. 14

Idea Prize Preliminary Pitch-Off

Great startups are built around big vision! The Venture Idea Prize is given to the individual/team demonstrating vision for a great idea for a venture, and setting the stage for turning their idea into a viable opportunity. This award is judged on the quality of both the idea as well as the plan for carrying it out, not necessarily the current business results.  The winner of the award will be announced during the 12th Annual Coast Capital Venture Prize Awards Reception.

Competitors will receive further information regarding the Idea Prize Pitchoff via email.

This is a closed pitch room. 

Details to come.

Monday, Mar. 13 - THURSDAY, Mar. 16

Venture Prize Preliminary Pitch-Off

The top two teams in each category (nine teams in total) from this round will progress to the final pitch-off competition.

Competitors will receive further information regarding the Venture Prize Pitchoff via email.

This is a closed pitch room. There will be a holding room available for competitors waiting to pitch.

Details to come. 

Friday, MAR. 31

Pitch Social Night

Time: 3:00-5:00 PM
Location: SFU Charles Chang Innovation Centre, 308 W Hastings St, Vancouver
Register

Join us for Pitch Social Nights with the Chang Institute & Coast Capital Venture Connection. We are organizing pitch practices open to folks at any experience level who are looking to learn from / practice their pitching, and network with like-minded people! It is also a great opportunity for Venture Prize competitor to prepare for your preliminary pitch-off. Sign up and enjoy the pitch social nights, snacks provided!

Tuesday, Apr. 4 

Idea Prize Finals 

The top Idea Prize finalists present their final pitch in front of a panel of judges at the SFU Innovation Plaza within SFU Surrey. Pitches will run from 1 - 5 PM followed by networking from 5 -7 PM. The Idea Prize winner will be later announced at the Venture Prize Awards Ceremony & Reception.

Details to come.

April 2023 (Exact date TBD)*

*Dates are pending. Events will run between April 17 - 28. 

Final Pitch Off - RSVP

Time: TBD
Location: In-person

Teams participating in the final pitch off will be presenting to a jury of industry experts.

There's a private reception to celebrate SFU’s entrepreneurs, as we announce the winners of the 12th Annual Coast Capital Venture Prize and the Venture Idea Prize!  

Check back for more information. This page is updated frequently.

Last updated on January 24, 2023.