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Startup Global Pitch Competition

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Application Deadline:04/11/2022

Startup Global connects a pan-Canadian cohort of entrepreneurs committed to growing global businesses with a network of partners committed to their success. This annual flagship program empowers founders to start their business with a global mindset and connect with key industry partners to set up for success.

What can you expect?

Throughout the year, beginning in April, Startup Canada will be hosting several live webinars, a pitch competition, and exclusive in-kind help to support your journey to exporting. All of our Startup Global features can be accessed for free through our Startup Global portal.


  • For 2022, pitch competition applications will be open solely to startups (businesses with less than $1,000,000 in revenue or have no current sales as of February 1, 2022) and that have business/operations in Canada.
  • Adjudication Criteria
    • Applications will be assessed with the following guidelines: Target market, objective, solution, leadership, traction (if any), competition and ability to go global.

Application Procedure

Semi-Finalists will also get exclusive access to a private Mentorly page featuring mentors from a range of industries and backgrounds, all aimed at helping the finalists get ready for the Pitch Competition as well as helping with their export readiness.

  • Partner Advisory Circles
    Each co-presenting partner will be given the opportunity to host a 2-hour topic-focused advisory circle with the Top 100 Semi-Finalists. Entrepreneurs will be given an opportunity to network with each partner, to learn more about each organization, and to gain advice on how their co-presenting partner can help in the journey to exporting.
  • Pitch Building Bootcamps
    They will partner with support organizations to provide two pitch building bootcamps throughout the year to further aid the Top 100 Semi-Finalists for the Pitch Competition.
  • 1:1 Mentor Support
    The 1:1 mentor sessions are intended to provide globally aspiring and operating entrepreneurs with direct access to industry and subject matter experts, fellow entrepreneurs, and private/public sector partners. The sessions are 30 minutes each, facilitated on the Mentorly platform between April and October.


Funding Information

  • The Top 10 will earn a spot at the Grand Finale in October. There, they will compete again for a chance to win an additional $30,000 (First Place), $15,000 (Second Place) and $10,000 (Third Place).
  • In addition, they are introducing three new prize categories this year, each to be awarded $5,000:
    • Rural Entrepreneur category: For entrepreneurs pioneering new products and services in rural areas
    • Seniorpreneur category (Age 50+): For entrepreneurs aged 50 and older
    • Social Entrepreneur category: For entrepreneurs contributing to sustainable development goals.

Official Website: Startup Global Pitch Competition

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