Pitch Events - Inventures

SHIFT YOUR STARTUP INTO OVERDRIVE

 

The Inventures 2022 Startup Pitch application is now closed. To be notified when our 2023 application goes live, please fill out this form.

 

Inventures Startup Pitch Finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their product or service to our audience of venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs, early adopters, business educators and service providers.

When not busy pitching, finalists will have demo space provided in the Inventures Startup Showcase area, where they’ll be able to network one-on-one with our audience members. Startup Pitch Finalists will also receive free registration to all Inventures programming, access to professional coaching and on-site mentoring opportunities, and a chance to win $10,000 in funding! The startup application is free and closes February 25—get yours in today!

When
June 1-3, 2022

Where
Calgary TELUS Convention Center
Calgary, Canada

Application Deadline
February 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time

What
We’re currently accepting applications for startups focused on the following categories:

FUTURECASTING WORK
Hybrid work choices are shifting how and where talent, communities and commerce converge. Capital follows talent, and talent is prioritizing purpose, diversity and inclusion. The digital shakeup of services and supply networks is creating a new era of entrepreneurship as interdisciplinary sciences and skills gain steam. As myriad options for digital nomads emerge, radical innovations in technologies and communication systems are redefining the nature of work itself.

TAMING URBAN JUNGLES
Urban dwellers and designers are co-creating adaptive technologies for vibrant, creative, livable cities. Whether rebounding from extreme weather events, or converting decaying infrastructure and neighbourhoods, resilience is key. From building materials, to engineering methods, to transportation, zero waste, utilities and amenities, keeping it natural is at the heart of greener, circular and smarter urban economies, communities and systems.

GAMECHANGING HEALTH
Leaps in medical science mean people enjoy longer, healthier lives and someone born today will likely live to 150 years. A premium is being placed on preventive over acute care and independence over institutional living. Health professionals, support services and policy makers are rejecting orthodoxy to reimagine and transform lifelong care networks based on genomics, social determinants, precision medicine, pharma advancements and interconnected data trusts.

CULTIVATING AG-TECH
By 2050, the global population is estimated to reach 9 billion people. This is already creating unprecedented demand for food, water, and fiber. Innovations are vital to reduce food waste, maximize productivity of agriculture-rich regions and processes, while preserving precious land and natural resources. Enter an arsenal of technologies – from AI, to air and water sensors to robotics and biomimicry – addressing humanity’s growing needs.

MISSION-CRITICAL MOONSHOTS
The 1960s race for the moon spurred an explosion of technologies for everyday life. As countries and companies continue to stretch for the stars, innovation is driving every mission. The moonshot mindset is motivating teams to achieve breakthroughs in quantum computing, fuel and propulsion, AI/ML, drones, logistics, data diagnostics and communications technologies. These extraordinary and everyday advancements are generating applications to make life on earth more sustainable, and life in space more possible.

NAVIGATING TO NET ZERO
Global energy demand means the pathway to cleaner, sustainable sources isn’t a straight line. Scientific creativity is generating bundled solutions, including hydrogen, renewables and geothermal to dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions along entire value chains. Clean tech is leading to advanced materials that are stronger and lighter, new and natural chemical applications and polymers, and novel processes that underpin the future economy.

 

INVENTURES STARTUP PITCH FAQ

Is there a fee to apply to the Inventures Pitch Event?

There is no fee to apply.

What are the eligibility requirements for applicants?

  • Companies must have launched/be planning to launch their product or service within 24 months of June 2022
  • Companies must not have raised more than $10 million in funding
  • Companies may only enter one product or service in the Inventures Startup Pitch Event
  • The submitted product or service must fall under one of the Inventures Startup Pitch Event Categories
  • Companies featured in prior editions of the Inventures Startup Pitch Event are not eligible to participate 

How will the on-stage pitch process work?

Each Finalist will be granted 2 minutes to pitch, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with a panel of judges who have investment experience in the Finalist’s space.

What are the Judging Criteria?

Inventures Startup Pitch Judges will focus on these five critical elements:

  • Creativity – the originality and uniqueness of the idea
  • Potential – the longevity, actualization and profitability of the idea
  • Goodness – how does the product or service impact/improve the world?
  • Traction – sales, users, marketing exposure, etc.
  • Team / People – how will the team help the startup succeed?

Will I receive a complimentary registration to Inventures 2022 if I am selected to pitch?

Yes! Companies participating in the Startup Pitch Event will receive two (2) complimentary registrations for Inventures 2022, good for access to all Inventures keynotes, panels, social outings and other activities. These complimentary registrations must be assigned to specific individuals attending the conference.

Additionally, each presenting company will have the opportunity to network and demo their product/service within the Inventures Startup Showcase Demo Area.

What if I am not selected as an Inventures Startup Pitch Event Finalist, but would like to attend the event?

All applicants will receive a code allowing them to register for up to two (2) Inventures 2022 badges at a reduced price.

How are Inventures Startup Pitch Finalists selected?

Inventures staff will screen applicants to make sure that they meet all requirements for entry, and a committee of experts in each pitch category will review each application to decide which products and services are the most innovative.

How will I know if I have been selected to participate?

Applicants invited to participate will receive an email notification from Inventures staff. Participating companies will be notified in early to mid April of 2022.

Should my company include a video or pitch deck in our online application?

We strongly encourage you to include a direct link to a video and/or pitch deck that could further illuminate your product or service for our selection committee. We also love to see videos of applicants pitching at prior events.

Still have additional questions?

Please contact Inventures Startup Pitch Coordinator Philip Cogley: philip@adeointeractive.com

Where can I access the online application for the Inventures Startup Pitch Event?

To access the online application for the Inventures Startup Pitch Event, please click the link below.