Sci Innovation Competition 2019
Application Deadline: February 28, 2019
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Sci Innovation Centre
Regional Co-organizer:
Waterloo: Golden Triangle Angel Network, COMMUNITECH
Ottawa: Invest Ottawa
Montreal: Research & Development Frontiers Institute, District 3
Toronto: Rotman Asian Business Association, Schulich East Asian Business Association
Sci Innovation Centre invites promising tech ventures to Sci Innovation Competition 2019 in Toronto to choose 10 companies from Canada to represent Canada at the China (Shenzhen) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition (IEIC) in April 2019. The ten finalists from the SCI Innovation 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.
Target Sectors
• Electronics
• Information Technology
• Advanced Materials & Clean Energy
• Biology & Life Science
• Advanced Manufacturing
Companies with advances in Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and FinTech will be invited to additional pitches.
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 Sci Innovation Competition and Shenzhen IEIC 2019 will go up to C$200K for winners. They will also be introduced to institutional investors managing C$4B in funds. For companies seeking seed to Series C financing, Sci Innovation Competition 2019 is the place to be.
Reasons to Apply
• Coaching to Help You Do Well
• Feedback from Experienced Investors in Canada and China
• Cash Award of Up to C$20K in Toronto for top winner in Sci Innovation Competition Toronto final
• Extensive Media Coverage in North America and China
• Cash Award of up to C$200K in China for top winner
• Exposure to Chinese VCs wanting to invest in overseas companies
• Introduction to potential business partners, distributors, and manufactures in China
To Apply
Complete the application form at by February 28, 2019
New for 2019
Preliminary warm-up pitch session 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. Participation in a preliminary warm-up session is not a requirement to be invited to the SCI Toronto Final. Judges will assess all applications submitted by February 28 to select the invited competitors for the SCI Toronto Final. For further details on the preliminary warm-up competitions, please contact Alan Wang ( Contact: 647.675.7212.
Success Story
Canadian companies fared exceptionally well in previous Sci Innovation Competition and Shenzhen IEIC competitions. In April 2018, Conavi Medical - a pre-revenue medical device company won a silver prize in the Biology & Life Sciences sector. Not only was it awarded C$140K as a prize but it also attracted over C$2M in investment within 3 months. Its innovation technology to help endoscopic surgeons caught the attention of investors world-wide.