ncTakeoff Pitch Series

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The Social Enterprise Start-up Weekend
Part of the Ignite! Pitch Series, powered by Meridian Credit Union

This three-part series encourages ncTakeOff entrepreneurs to spark ideas and set them ablaze! The first pitch competition will take place between March 9-11th 2018. This Start-up Weekend will allow Niagara College students to pitch their social enterprise ideas for the Niagara Region. On Friday and Saturday, entrepreneurial individuals will meet, form teams, and develop ideas into a business model while being supported by several mentors. By Sunday, teams are ready to pitch in front of a panel of industry professionals. The winner of this weekend will receive social enterprise starter prize package (including $1000 cash) and continue on to Pitch Perfect, the second stage of the pitch series where they will have the chance to win additional prizes.

Event Details

Friday March 9th – Sunday March 11th 2018
Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Interested in watching the pitches, cheering on your friends, or meeting like-minded peers? Register at

How to Register
Review the competition Terms and Conditions (below).  Register at

Please note: Registration will only provide access to the first of the pitch events. By registering as a participant for this event, you agree to the terms and conditions laid out on  

Tentative Schedule

Friday March 9th, 2018 – Location: The Armoury

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Opening Ceremony
    8:00 pm - 9:00pm - Team finalization
    Participants and attendees will be able to attend and learn about the competition from our coordinators and our keynote speaker.

Saturday March 10th 2018:

  • 9:00 am - 9:00 pm - Pitch preparation for teams
    Teams will have the day to work on their pitch with mentors who are skilled in various business fields.
    On-site registration locations will be confirmed with their participants via their Niagara College e-mail.

Sunday March 11th 2018 - Location: The Armoury

  • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm - Presentation Day

Have Questions?

Please feel free to e-mail Madison Fuller from ncTakeoff at

Terms and Conditions

Applications due Wednesday, February 28th 2018 @ 11:59pm; successful applicants will be informed of on-site details by Monday, March 5th 2018.

One winning contestant will walk away with a prize package, which will include $1,000 in cash and professional development tools to support the successful start-up. All presenters will get the opportunity to introduce their ideas to industry professionals and must be legally able to claim the cash prize.

The winner will also be automatically advanced to the second competition in the Ignite Pitch Series – Pitch Perfect - to be held in April.

All participants must be current Niagara College students. Entries can be submitted on an individual or team basis. Teams are required to appoint a team representative (primary applicant), who will be responsible for submitting the entry form and serving as the team’s main contact for matters related to the contest. All contestants must register on the EventBrite page to confirm their registration.

The idea/venture must be the brainchild of one/several of the team members.

Each contestant must consent to the use, reproduction, publication, transmission and/or broadcasting of his/her name, address, likeness, school, age, program and/or prize information, without compensation, in any advertisement, publication or promotion, for general news or other information purposes. Winners will also have their photographs taken by the contest organizers for the same purposes, without further compensation.

All participants must follow student honour codes. No participants shall partake in drugs or alcohol during the competition (with the exception of prescribed medication).

It is the participant’s responsibility to seek independent legal advice in respect of intellectual property rights. If participants consider any aspect of his/her/their application to be a trade secret or otherwise wishes to keep any element or idea included in the application confidential, then he/she/they should not participate in this competition or submit an application.