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F19 Concept $5K Finals

November 20 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm


10 student teams have perfected their 3-minute pitches and are ready to compete!

Join us for an exciting Concept $5K Finals, previously known as the Velocity Fund Finals $5K, where emerging student entrepreneurs pitch live for their share of $20K in funding. Each competitor has just 3 minutes to pitch their startup idea to a panel of judges.

To start the event, special guest speaker Marcelo Cortes, Co-founder and CTO of Faire, will sit down for a fireside chat with Velocity Director Jay Shah. Faire is a curated boutique wholesale marketplace connecting local retailers with emerging and established brands. They will discuss Marcelo’s journey turning his concept into a reality, and talk about his experience founding and running a company. After the fireside chat, we will take a quick lunch break and then dive right into the pitches! Audience members will have the chance to network with all ten finalists after the winners are announced.


Great Hall, Student Life Centre (SLC), University of Waterloo


11:00am: Fireside chat
12:00pm-12:30pm: Lunch break
12:30pm: Pitches begin
1:30pm: Winners announced
1:30pm-2:00pm: Finalists booth

Our Judges

Amber french

Amber French

Managing Partner at Catalyst Capital Inc

Sasha Herakovic @ Blackberry

Sasha Herakovic

VP, Global Enterprise Support at BlackBerry

Oni Prisecaru, Vice President M&A at Deloitte Corporate Finance

Oni Prisecaru

VP, Mergers & Acquisitions at Deloitte

Can’t make it in person? Don’t worry, we will be live streaming the whole event on Facebook and will be uploading all the pitches to YouTube afterward.

Audience members who predict all four winners correctly or are active on social media will receive some awesome electronic prizes to rock out in style. Everyone is welcome to attend.

I’m going!