This is where the magic happens. Only the best of the best from the Semi-Finals are invited to pitch at the Finals and compete for grants. Ten teams will take the stage, but only four will take home a $5,000 cheque.


Concept $5K Semi-Finals

The top 10 teams across both nights of the Concept $5K Semi-Finals, as chosen by local startup community members, will be invited to pitch at the Concept $5K Finals for a chance to win one of four $5,000 grant prizes.

Night 1: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Night 2: Thursday, March 5, 2020

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the grand finale where the GRANTS ARE awarded

Concept $5K Finals

Watch emerging student entrepreneurs pitch live for $5K grant prizes. Each competitor has just 3 minutes to pitch their startup idea to a panel of esteemed judges!

Before the ten finalists pitch we always host a special guest speaker from the startup community. Don’t worry if you can’t make it in person, the event will be live-streamed!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

REserve your spot!


Do I need to print my ticket for the event?

Nope! Just bring yourself and a reusable water bottle.

Will the pitch competitions be live-streamed?

We live-stream the Concept $5K Finals, but not the Concept $5K Semi-Finals. We also cover the events live on Instagram and Twitter so you can follow along.

I’m not a student or part of the University of Waterloo, can I still come?

Of course. We encourage all members of the public to come out.

Will I have an opportunity to network with student teams pitching?

Yes, at each competition there will be an opportunity to network with the competitors. Either during a break, or boothing after the winners are announced.