Pitch Competition

It starts with an idea...

BioTEC is hosting its 2nd annual pitch competition virtually on November 21st, 2020, featuring early-stage, student-run ventures in medical devices, digital health, and therapeutics. 


Competing start-ups will be coached by industry experts and mentors from accelerators and incubators in Ontario. Teams will be judged by a panel of partners from some of Canada’s largest VC firms and the winning teams will receive between $500 to $2000 to be used towards their businesses.

How To Apply

Applications are open and will close on October 9th, 2020, with short interviews conducted the following week. The competition is open to teams with at least one member enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution at any level of study. We especially encourage students in their final year of undergraduate studies completing a capstone project, or graduate students to apply. Have more questions?



Linda Maxwell

Executive Director of Biomedical Zone

Nikhil Thatte

Principal at Lumira Ventures

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.
What are the prizes?
There are 4 prizes available for teams for a grand total of $5000 available. The prize tiers are as follows:
  • 1st Place - $2,000 (sponsored by adMare BioInnovations)
  • 2nd Place - $1,500 (sponsored by Concept by Velocity)

  • 3rd Place - $1,000 (sponsored by Lumira Ventures)

  • People’s Choice Award - $500 (sponsored by Biomedical Zone)

When is the deadline to apply?
The deadline to submit your application to pitch your health tech idea at BioTEC 2020 is October 7th at 11:59pm.
I’ve just applied. Now what?
If shortlisted, your team will be invited to an interview consisting of a short discussion between your team and some members of the BioTEC executive committee who will inquire further about your venture. Teams will then be selected to pitch their idea during a preliminary closed door pitching round with only our panel of judges. This preliminary round will take place from November 16th to November 20th. Finally, the top five teams will be invited to participate in the final pitch competition during BioTEC 2020 on November 21st in front of the judges and conference delegates.
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!

2019 Pitch Competition Winners


Winning 1st place and the People's Choice Award, KnowStroke is a wearable device that measures biometrics to prevent heat-related illness by notifying the user if they are at risk of dehydration or heat stroke.

Hi-ρ Cells

In 2nd place, Hi-ρ is developing a 3D bioreactor for high-density stem cell growth.

Past Judges

Allan Miranda

Head of JLABS Canada

Ricky Mehra

General Partner at Continuum Ventures

Nikhil Thatte

Principal at Lumira Ventures

Bharat Srinivasa

Principal & Co-Founder of

Amplitude Ventures

2019 Pitch Competition Sponsors

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