Apply for the Startupfest Pitch Competitions

Over the years, prizes have included coveted spots in top tier Accelerator programs; our two $100,000 investment prizes; Grandmothers’ choice; Paid Proofs-of-concept; long-term partnerships with world-class corporations; straight cash in hand; and so much more.

See our current prizes listed below, with more coming on a rolling basis throughout the spring and summer. The application process and exact criteria will vary with each prize.

How to Apply

  1. Create a profile with Submittable
  2. Fill in the Startupfest Pitch from Home application
  3. At the bottom of the application form, select which contests you would like to apply for
  4. Fill in any additional questions the form requires based on your selections

Once the application process is complete, all applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks following the deadline of the contest they applied for. Look out for follow up questions in your inbox if you are shortlisted! Certain prizes may conduct virtual interviews with shortlisted applicants.


2020 opportunities- more to come!

$100k Prize
by: Startupfest

Open to any startup, this is a $100,000 investment based on the SAFE.

Note: You’ll have the opportunity to let us know if those terms don’t work, and propose alternative ones. 

Deadline: Apply by June 12th. Shortlist announced by June 29th. 

Grandmothers’ Choice
by: Startupfest

No investment prize included, but the Grandmother judges are one of the most iconic parts of Startupfest—and their record is better than anyone else’s. Back in 2011, they picked Onavo— went on to be acquired by Facebook for a cool $150M. By applying for any prize, you’re automatically entered to be reviewed by the Grandmother Judges!

Centech Acceleration
by: Centech

Centech is offering three spots to be part of its fall 2020 cohort starting September 8th.

The Acceleration program is an intensive 12-week program for high-potential technology companies.

Deadline: Apply by June 14th. Shortlist announced on June 30th.

The DMZ 2020 Accelerator Cohort
by: The DMZ

Over the course of 3.​5 month fast-paced months, companies will rapidly increase their revenue, grow average deal sizes, increase customer engagement and grow sales teams.

Deadline: Apply by June 12th.

Next AI Top Startup Award
by: NEXT Canada

One spot in either the Toronto or Montreal 2021 Cohort of Next AI, Canada’s premiere accelerator for idea to pre-seed stage AI-enabled startups.

Deadline: Apply by August 28th.

Next 36 Young Entrepreneur Award
by: NEXT Canada

Pitch to Next 36 alumni and mentor judges for your chance to win an exclusive founder spot in the 2021 Cohort of Next 36!

Deadline: Apply by July 17th.

L-SPARK 2020 SaaS Accelerator
by: L-SPARK

1 company will be selected for admission into the L-SPARK SaaS Accelerator. This 6-month intensive program is looking for a Canadian startup.

Deadline: Apply by June 12th.

Incubation Program – LE CAMP
by: LE CAMP

Two companies will be admitted to LE CAMP Incubation Program. By becoming a Camper, LE CAMP team offers personalized coaching and guides you to the resources you need during your incubation period, and beyond!

Deadline: Apply by July 5th.

Défi Start-up Les Affaires
by: National Bank

The National Bank is making you benefit from the synergy of two of our partnerships. We invite you to participate in the “Défi Start-up Les Affaires” presented by the National Bank. Many prizes to win, including a coveted spot in the finals of Startupfest’s $100k Investment Prize.

Deadline: Apply by May 31st.