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Book Now To Attend the Sci Innovation Competition warm-up pitch and info. session, Montreal. Preliminary competitions in each of Waterloo, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto are held in late January to late February to allow companies to pitch to judges and to receive helpful feedback prior to the Sci Toronto Final in March 2019. Teams participating in the warm-up session will receive coaching from the judges to help them do better in the final competition in Toronto on March. 23rd.

Date: February 9, 2019 13:30 p.m. - 17:00 p.m.
Address:1250 Guy St Suite #600, Montreal, QC H3H 2L3

Sci invites promising tech ventures to a pitch competition to choose 10 companies from Canada and the surrounding area to represent Canada at the Shenzhen Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (IEIC) in April 2019. The ten finalists from the SCI Toronto competition will be awarded cash prizes of up to C$20K each plus an expense-paid trip to compete at what has been called The International Olympics of Entrepreneurship. Companies in these target sectors are welcomed to apply:

Information Technology
Advanced Materials & Clean Energy
Biology & Life Science
Advanced Manufacturing
Artificial Intelligence
Internet of Things

Companies with strong IP and solutions for a global market are encouraged to apply, regardless of company stage or prior funding. Companies wanting to do business in China, establish manufacturing partnerships in Shenzhen, or solve some of China’s challenges are especially welcomed. Prizes awarded at Shenzhen IEIC 2019 will go up to C$200K for winners in each of the five sectors. They will also be introduced to institutional investors managing C$4B in funds. For companies seeking seed to Series C financing, Shenzhen IEIC 2019 is the place to be.

Reasons to Apply

Coaching to Help You Do Well at IEIC
Feedback from Experienced Investors in Canada and China
Cash Award of Up to C$20K in Toronto for each sector
Extensive Media Coverage in North America and China
Cash Award of up to C$200K in Shenzhen in each sector
Exposure to Chinese VCs wanting to invest in overseas companies
Introduction to potential business partners, distributors, and manufactures in China

Past-year Success

Canadian companies fared exceptionally well in previous Shenzhen IEIC competitions. In April 2018, Conavi Medical won a silver prize in the Biology & Life Sciences sector. Not only was it awarded C$200K as a prize but it also attracted over C$1M in investment. At the time of its participation, Conavi Medical had received C$80M in prior funding and was pre-revenue. Its innovation technology to help endoscopic surgeons caught the attention of investors world-wide.

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