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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Venture Creation Showcase

START-UP WIL is a start-up pitch competition which is taking place as part of The Venture Creation Course at Ontario Tech University. This competition enables students to develop skills in communication, entrepreneurship, creativity, critical thinking and apply the principles of business being taught in the classroom.

The Venture Creation course supports students both academically and practically to move their business ideas through various stages with a final result of launching a functioning, viable business plan, product, or service. Working with the Brilliant Incubator, students receive guidance, mentorship, and assistance in all phases of their venture’s development. This program differentiates itself from traditional business incubators by its dual “practical doing” and “formal learning” streams. Although many traits and talents that contribute to entrepreneurial success are often inherent within an individual, the course reflects the philosophy that skills and knowledge can be learned and acquired as a result of expert mentorship and guidance, especially when linked with a “practical doing” component.

This competition allows students the opportunity to leverage business expertise from judges and develop their entrepreneurial ideas. It will give the students insight into how business professionals think about new ventures and give them invaluable feedback on how to move forward with their business ideas.

Student teams present the ventures they have spent the past semester developing, addressing their new products fit in a post-COVID environment. As part of the competition, each student will receive a $250 stipend for submitting a business plan and go-to-market strategy. Our panel of industry judges provided by Riipen will be selecting the top student team and those students will receive a $5,000 fund to launch their new venture. The winning student team will receive a $5,000 fund to develop their venture, as well as mentorship through Riipen and industry partners.

Winter 2021 Venture Creation Business Plans