Competition Timeline


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, JAN. 9

Info Session

Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Location: Virtual

Learn all you need to know about Venture Prize 2024 including application criteria, important dates, and more. Bring your questions! 



Time: 12:30-2:00 PM
Location: Virtual

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.


Budget from the Bottom-Up Workshop

Time: 10:00-11:30 AM
Location: Virtual 

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, FEB. 9 & MAR. 22

Pitch Social Night

Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
*Location: Feb 9: SFU Surrey | Mar 22: SFU Vancouver

Register Here

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!

*Exact location available on event registration page. 

tuesday, FEB. 13

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 13th Annual Coast Capital Venture Prize Awards Reception. Competitors will receive details via email.

All pitches are private and will not be publicly broadcast.

Note that Idea Prize prelims originally scheduled for Feb 6th (now Feb 13th).


Monday, FEB 12

Venture Prize Preliminary Pitch-Off

Competitors will be informed via email of their category placements within a week of applications closing, with more info on timing of their pitch slot.

The top 2-3 teams in each category (up to nine teams in total) from this round will progress to the final pitch-off competition on April 4th.

  • February 12 - Category TBD; pitches 4:30-7:00pm (estimate)
  • February 14 - R&D Category; pitches 2:00-4:30pm (estimate)
  • February 15 - Category TBD; pitches 4:30-7:00pm (estimate)

All pitches are private and will not be publicly broadcast.


Idea Prize Finals 

Time: TBA
Location:  SFU Surrey

The top Idea Prize finalists present their final pitch in person before a panel of judges at SFU Surrey. The Idea Prize winner will be later announced at the Venture Prize Awards Ceremony & Reception.

THURsday, April 4


Time: TBA
Location:  SFU VentureLabs

Finalists in the three Venture stream categories present their final pitches in person before a panel of judges at SFU VentureLabs. Winners will be later announced at the Venture Prize Awards Ceremony & Reception.

TUESDAY, April 9

Awards Ceremony

Time: TBA  (invite only)
Location:  TBA

Award winners of the 13th Annual Coast Capital Venture Prize will be announced and celebrated at an invite-only reception!

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

Last updated on January 3, 2024.