Startup Pitch Event - Inventures

Innovation of Work

The rise of the ‘do anything from anywhere’ gig economy workforce is being shaped by technologies that overcome distance and time. Adaptation at the pace of innovation is deepening human to humanoid interaction through automation and machine learning. In parallel, data visualization, augmented reality technologies and educational shifts are bringing the arts to STEM, opening doors to a new agile, creative and interdisciplinary workforce.

Agriculture in the Technology Age

Nearly one billion people on earth are undernourished. Advancements in genomics and real time sensor data, combined with the far-reaching zero waste movement, is driving a wholesale redesign of food production and processing systems. This is turning labour intensive farm-to-fork supply chains into high-tech agricultural production hubs designed to feed more people using a smaller footprint.

The Future is AI

Artificial intelligence will add $13 trillion to the global economy over the next decade according to McKinsey. The wide spectrum of intelligent automation and algorithmic learning technologies represents a powerful and adaptive strategic platform. Combined with machine learning, AI is creating new predictive capabilities, solving industry challenges and enabling breakthroughs in drug research, bio-industrial materials and advanced manufacturing and logistics.

Healthier Living, Broader Thinking

Innovation is revolutionizing the way we treat disease and how we can prevent it. Sensor technology, predictive data models, advanced algorithms and robotics are at the heart of the transformation in how health care is designed, delivered and received. Technologies that put the person at the center of the solution are helping to save lives and lessen costs on a local and global scale.

Smart Cities, Vibrant Communities

Innovation is transforming cities from concrete monoliths to symbiotic neighborhoods where people live, work and play. Adaptive communities that are climate resilient and resource efficient are emerging on a foundation of smart electricity grids, regenerative utility systems, 3-D construction technologies and sustainable materials. Together with STEM, community designers and social scientists are creating vibrant livable spaces that reimagine daily interaction between people, structures and technologies.

Data in the Digital World

Data is the new currency – with an estimated 20 billion active IoT (internet of things) devices in use. This is driving monumental leaps in blockchain, quantum computing, fintech and an augmented analytics market that DatSci predicts will reach $18.4 billion globally by 2023. This fast-paced quest to conquer the data field is met by equal urgency to create impenetrable security systems for global trade, banking and consumer product supply chains to serve the global population of digital-first millennials now shaping the workforce and marketplace.


June 3-5, 2020


Telus Convention Center
Calgary, Alberta

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

There is no fee to apply.

What are the eligibility requirements for applying companies?

  • Companies must have launched/be planning to launch their product or service within 24 months of June 2020
  • 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 Inventures Startup Pitch Events are not eligible to participate

What are the 2020 Inventures Startup Pitch categories?

  • Innovation of Work
  • Agriculture in the Technology Age
  • The Future is AI
  • Healthier Living, Broader Thinking
  • Smart Cities, Vibrant Communities
  • Data in the Digital World

How will the on-stage pitch process work?

Finalists will each be granted 2 minutes to pitch, followed by 6 minutes of Q&A with a panel of judges who have investment experience in the finalist’s space.

What are the Judging Criteria?

The Judges will focus on these five critical elements:

  • Creativity (Originality and uniqueness of idea)
  • Potential (Longevity, actualization and profitability of idea)
  • Goodness (How does the product or service impact/improve the world?)
  • Traction (Market traction with regard to sales, users, marketing exposure, etc.)
  • Team / People (What experience does the team have and how will they help the business succeed)

Will I receive a complimentary registration to Inventures 2020 if I am selected to pitch?

Yes, companies participating in the Startup Pitch Event will receive two (2) complimentary registrations for Inventures 2020, 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 demo their product/service at the Inventures Startup Showcase Demo Area.

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

All applicants will receive a code allowing them to register for up to two (2) Inventures 2020 badges at a reduced price.

How are Inventures Startup Pitch Finalists selected?

A committee of experts in each space will screen applications to make sure that they meet all requirements for entry and 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 April of 2020.

What if I do not wish to apply for the Inventures Startup Pitch Event but would still like to be considered for the Banff Springs pitch session, Inventures Trade Show or on-site mentoring opportunities?

To be considered for any Inventures-related pitch, trade show or mentoring opportunities companies must complete an online application for the Inventures Startup Pitch Event.

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.

Still have additional questions? 

Please contact Inventures Startup Pitch Coordinator Philip Cogley:

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.
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