It starts with an idea...

BioTEC hosted its 3rd annual pitch competition on November 14th, 2021.
Competing teams coached by industry experts and mentors from accelerators and incubators in Ontario.

Teams were judged by a panel from some of Canada’s largest VC firms and the BioTEC 2021 winning teams earned from a prize pool of $6000 to use towards their business.


How To Apply

The competition will be open to teams with at least one member enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution at any level of study. Any team with a startup idea in the healthcare technology space may apply (may include but not be limited to Medtech, digital health, therapeutics, life science, etc). We especially encourage students in their final year of undergraduate studies completing a capstone project, or graduate students to apply.

BioTEC 2021 Prizes

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John Dick
Director of Velocity



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Ella Seitz
Partner at Esplanade Ventures




Nikhil Thatte
Principal at Lumira Ventures



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Inès Holzbaur
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at AmorChem

People's Choice


Sponsors and Judges


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Josh Reding


Riley Moynes

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Doug Sparkes

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Kevin Truong

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Amr Abdelgawad

Who can apply?

This competition is open to all teams with at least one teammate registered at a Canadian post-secondary institution at any level of study. We especially welcome students who are completing a capstone research or thesis project in their final year of undergraduate studies or graduate studies to apply.

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications closed on October 9th.

What are the prizes?

This year, we are very excited to have four prizes sponsored by Concept/Velocity, Esplanade Ventures, Lumira Ventures, Coast Capital, and AmorChem!

1st Place: $2500 by Concept/Velocity
2nd Place: $1,500 sponsored by Esplanade Ventures
3rd Place: $1, 000 sponsored by Lumira Ventures
People’s Choice: $500 sponsored by Coast Capital
Therapeutics-Focus Award: $500 sponsored by the AmorChem

Why should I apply?

The event will offer your team the opportunity to pitch your startup idea to top health tech venture capitalist judges for invaluable insights that will take your idea to the next level. Teams that advance past the interview stage will receive 1:1 mentorship on how to best prepare their pitch from coaches at various incubators. The winning teams will also receive the opportunity to develop relationships with Canada’s leading venture capital firms, as well as secure funding to support the future development of your idea.

How many members are allowed per team?

We invite teams of any size to apply, however we are expecting teams to be between three and six students.

What is the format of the pitch?

Pitch presentations and the closed door round pitches will be 5 minutes in length, and followed by 5 minutes of questions from the judges. 

Got more questions? Send them our way!

Shoot us a DM us on Instagram (@uwbiotec), or send us a message on Facebook (Biotechnology and Bioengineering Conference) and our team will get back to you as soon as possible!


2020 Pitch Winners



$2000 - Sponsored by adMare Bioinnovations



$1500 - Sponsored by Concept by Velocity



$1000 - Sponsored by Lumira Adventures

People's Choice


$500 - Sponsored by Biomedical Zone

Past Judges

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Linda Maxwell

Executive Director of Biomedical Zone


Frédéric Lemaître Auger

Managing Partner at adMare BioInnovations


Nikhil Thatte

Principal at Lumira Ventures


Adrien Côté

Executive Director at Velocity

2020 Pitch Competition Sponsors

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