The Start-up Garage 2012 Closes with Spoonity Delivering the Top Pitch

The 8 companies in the 2012 version o f the Start-up Garage closed off the summer with impressive showings in our first ever pitch competition. All companies demonstrated a major improvement in how they could talk about their business, which reflects the progress they have made through the summer while intensively working in the Start-up Garage.

The pitch competition challenged the companies to give their best, in front of a panel of accomplished judges, and all the volunteers to the Start-up Garage that helped us deliver the program. Apart from the judges ranking the top three pitches, the audience was able to pick their own winner by vote. After careful deliberation, and counting the people’s picks, the results were as follows:

1. Spoonity – Invest Ottawa prize
2. Remay – Deloitte Prize
3. MyOfficeTool – Gowlings prize
People’s Choice – Remay after a tie breaker between Spoonity, Remay, and Proximify

The top three in order of rank chose their prize according to the needs of their companies. This included the Gowlings prize pack, including business law and intellectual property consultation; Deloitte prize pack, including $2,500 in consulting from Ian Rathwell; and Six months no charge space at the Invest Ottawa accelerator. The winner of the people’s pick received a prize pack from the University of Ottawa.

The Start-up Garage opens its doors again on September 27, 2012, with an information session at 4:30 – 7:00 pm in the University of Ottawa, University Centre – Agora, 85 University Private (UCU) http://www.uottawa.ca/maps/ Online registration also opens at www.startupgarage.ca

To learn more about the pitch competition, and the Start-up Garage and its companies, check out the recent media articles:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/Ottawa+young+entrepreneurs+pitch+profit/7175689/story.html

http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/09/05/new-business-focuses-on-the-simple-tasks

About Ottawa Technology Transfer Network
The Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) is a collaboration among academic research institutions affiliated with the University of Ottawa and who's goal is to enhance the economic impact of research commercialization through the sharing of best practices, enhanced market knowledge, student engagement and proactive industrial interation. OTTN members include the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institutie (OHRI), the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Unviversity of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)

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