Sign Up for Pitch It! 2019
Have an awesome business idea? Need some money to get your idea off the ground? Looking to make key connections in the entrepreneurial world? Want feedback or consultations from business professionals?

Pitch It! is the event for you and your pitch team! Pitch It! is an annual business pitch competition hosted by the Prime Leaders Youth Collaborative for high school students across York Region to have a chance at winning cash prizes for their business ideas!

Please read all the important information below!

Please have one Team Member (designated as the Team Leader) sign up below! Be sure to read the Competition Rules and Guidelines. Teams should be between 1 and 4 people and pitches should be between 10-15 minutes, including time for judges' questions.

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[DETAILS]
Pitch It! is back again! This year, we are working together with our sponsoring partners Markham Small Business Center and Pizzaville to present Pitch It! 2019, which will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2019 at YSpace Markham (169 Enterprise Blvd, Markham, ON L6G 0E7) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Thanks to our partners, we are able to offer the competition at the reduced price of $15 per person!

The prizes for the best pitches are:

First Place: $300
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100

Professional consulting is also being offered to teams free of charge by our SBEC partners, with a chance to win a grant of up to $3000 to make your business proposal a reality with the Student Entrepreneurship Program offered by the SBECs, "Summer Company" (see below for more information)!

Lunch is provided, along with snacks and light refreshments throughout the day.
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[IMPORTANT INFORMATION]
FAQ and Event Guidelines:

How do I get to and from the event?

YSpace is accessible by car, by transit, and by foot.

What should I bring to Pitch It?

Your presentation (if it is a PowerPoint or equivalent, please bring your own device to connect to a (provided) projector).

How are pitches judged?

Pitches will be judged by a panel of qualified business professionals. Their decision is final.
The following scoring criteria will be in place to ensure objective evaluation:
Creativity: Is this a novel idea? How about marketing and selling strategies?
Development: Does a business plan exist? If this is a product can a realistic margin be produced? What are the possibilities for mass production. Has research on the market sample been performed.
Presentation: How effectively were visual aids used? Was the pitch persuasive?
The questions are not prescriptive but give competitors a sense of what the criteria look for.

Do I have to stay for the entire day?

Competitors are strongly encouraged to attend the awards ceremony or to send a representative as awards will not be available for pick-up at a later date. Members who are not competing will not be supervised and are expected to have permission from a parent or guardian to travel to and from YSpace unaccompanied. Lunch will be provided.

Can I compete without a team?

Yes, the competition is open to groups of 1-4 competitors.

What is the refund policy?Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds. We use ticket sales to purchase food, supplies, and other materials for the event. You may register using your legal name or your preferred name, though we would strongly suggest the former.

I have a question that isn't answered here.

Please message us on Facebook or email us at general@primeleaders.ca. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
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[SUMMER COMPANY OPPORTUNITY]
Here's more about the Summer Company Opportunity, which is now open to applications!

The Summer Company program gives students in Ontario between the ages of 15 and 29 an opportunity to be their own boss and explore entrepreneurship as a career option! Accepted participants also received one-on-one training, mentorship from community business people, and a provincial grant of up to $3,000 to help with start-up costs. Students will have the opportunity to be their own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, invoicing, bookkeeping, customer relationship, management - these are just a few of the highly useful skills you will develop!

The program for 2019 is open from January 23 to May 19. For more information, visit the Summer Company website and reach out to your local Small Business Enterprise Centre.
· Markham – msbc@markham.ca
· Richmond Hill – rhsbec@richmondhil.ca
· Vaughan – vbec@vaughan.ca
· York Region - ysbec@york.ca
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[FURTHER INFORMATION]
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any PLYC member or message our social media pages.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrimeLeadersYC/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/primeleadersyc/
Website: www.primeleaders.ca

See you at Pitch It!

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