MEDA wants to mobilize the next generation of changemakers, social innovators, and entrepreneurs to engage in sustainable business practices for a lasting global impact.
The 2019 MEDA Pitch Competition is for next generation start-ups running with a social innovation that aligns with MEDA’s values. It is held in the spirit of MEDA’s mission and vision, to encourage and foster social-minded innovation, a space in which MEDA has over 60 years of experience.
Official Competition Entry Guidelines
The 2019 MEDA Pitch Competition will be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. The event takes place starting at 4:00 pm on Friday November 1, 2019. Finalists must be available to present their product, service or idea in person to the panel of judges.
- Applications Open: August 6, 2019
- Application Deadline: September 25, 2019
- Finalists Announced: Week of September 30, 2019
- Live Pitch Finale: Friday November 1, 2019
- Appoint a team leader who will be the point-of-contact with MEDA.
- Have between one and five members.
- A minimum of 51% of your social innovation must be owned by an individual under the age of 40.
- Each Team member must, at the date of November 1, 2019 be between the age of 18 and 40.
- Your team’s social innovation must be less than three years old as of November 1, 2019 and have raised less than $50,000 in funding, grants, or prize money.
- Past finalists of the MEDA Pitch Competition using the same business idea, are ineligible.
- To qualify you must provide a business plan and prove the feasibility and sustainability of your big idea.
Prizes must be accepted as awarded. Prizes may not be sold or transferred.
First place winner will receive:
- $10,000 USD cash prize
- An all-expenses paid trip to MEDA Convention 2020 in Montreal for one team member
- One winning team member will be a judge at the 2020 MEDA Pitch Competition
- The winning pitch will be featured in Marketplace Magazine and across MEDA social media platforms
- The winning team will be partnered with a successful business professional for mentorship opportunities
Second place winner will receive:
- $5,000 USD cash prize
- The team will be partnered with a successful business professional for mentorship opportunities
Fan Favourite Award:
- Audience will vote for their favourite pitch and ask questions on the mobile app. Votes will be tallied to add bonus points to judges scores. Five points will be awarded to the team with the most votes, the team with the second most votes will receive four points, the team with the third most votes will receive three points and so on. The audience’s favourite pitch will win the fan favourite award and, as a one-time offer, be featured on all MEDA social media!
How to Enter
All applicants must submit the application requirements on-line by September 25, 2019.
2. Include with your application a Social Enterprise Business Model Canvas. The file must be in PDF format.
3. Include with your application a link to a YouTube video of your mini pitch.
4. Agree to terms and conditions upon application.
Your Social Enterprise Business Model Canvas must include the following:
- Key partners/suppliers/resources/activities
- Cost structure/expense analysis
- Revenue streams and model
- Market analysis and customer segment relationships
- Value propositions
- Marketing and production channels
All applications will be reviewed and five finalists will be selected. You will be judged on your business idea, product, or service, not the overall company.
All finalists will be contacted via email the week of September 30th, 2019. If MEDA is unable to connect with a finalist by October 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Toronto time, that finalist will be disqualified and an alternate finalist will be selected. Finalists will receive reimbursement of up to $500 USD in travel costs, $588 USD for one hotel room for three nights, and no charge for Convention registration. Only one team member is eligible to receive the coverage of these fees.
Each finalist will be asked to deliver a five-minute pitch to a live audience and a panel of judges in English and will participate in five minutes of Q&A. Each Team will pitch who they are, what they’re doing, and how they’re big idea is going to change the world! During the presentation, the audience will send their questions into a mobile app. One question from the audience will be selected, as well as one question from our expert panel of industry leaders for your team to answer during the Q & A. The judges will evaluate your pitch using the official Pitch Competition Rubric.
The winner will be chosen by a panel of three judges from the five finalists. The decision of the judging panel is final and binding. The winner of the 2019 MEDA Pitch Competition will be announced on Saturday November 2, 2019 at the evening’s closing plenary session.
The winning team must engage in follow up procedures including: cost breakdown and application of prize money, follow up interview with Marketplace magazine, and attendance at the 2020 MEDA Pitch Competition.
The odds of winning the Competition depend on the total number of eligible entries received. In order to be the declared winner of any prize, a selected contestant must, in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria in the rules, correctly answer, in person, a mathematical skills testing question without the assistance of any kind, whether electronic or otherwise.
All pitch contestants are responsible for ensuring that any material they provide to MEDA, including text, photographs, video and sound, does not violate the copyright, trademark, trade secret or any other personal or proprietary rights of any third party or is used with the permission of the owner(s) of such rights.Close
Terms & Conditions
1. This Competition is for the general public eligible to enter and will be interpreted and subject to Canadian Federal and Ontario provincial laws and regulations.
2. By participating in this Competition each entrant agrees to be legally bound by these official contest entry rules, [including the 2019 MEDA Pitch Competition Guide].
3. MEDA reserves its right to cancel, terminate, modify, amend, extend or suspend the Competition.
4. Employees, representatives and agents of MEDA as well as anyone domiciled with or related to such employees, representatives or agents and the Competition judges are not eligible to enter, or otherwise participate in this Competition.
5. To be considered an eligible entry, MEDA reserves the right to vet entries based on consistency with MEDA’s policies and procedures.
6. MEDA shall not be liable for the failure of any contents submission or entry to be received by MEDA for any reason, including, but not limited to technical problems, traffic congestion, or for any other issues.
7. MEDA shall not be liable for any injury or damage to a contestant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Competition.
8. The Competition winners are solely responsible for payment of any applicable taxes and reporting any taxable income associated with winning the Competition. The prize cannot be substituted or transferred to a third party. Any additional costs not described in these rules as part of the prize that are incurred in collecting and/or using the prize are the prize winner’s responsibility.
9. Termination of Competition: MEDA reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to void any entry and/or withdraw, suspend, amend, or terminate this Competition in whole or in part (or to amend these rules) in any way at any time without prior notice (but subject to applicable law), in the event of an error, technical problem, computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of MEDA that in MEDA’s sole discretion determines, interferes with the proper conduct of this Competition as contemplated by these rules, or in the event of any accident, printing, administration or other error of any kind or for any other reason. Any attempt to undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such attempt be made; the person will be automatically disqualified, and MEDA reserves the right to seek remedies and damages to the fullest extend permitted by law. MEDA reserves the right in it sole and absolute discretion and without prior notice to adjust any of the dates and or time frames stipulated in these rules, to the extent necessary for the purposes of verifying compliance by an entry with these rules, or as a result of technical problems or in light of any other circumstances which in the opinion of MEDA in its sole and absolute discretion affect the proper administration of the Competition as contemplated in these rules.
This Competition is administered by Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Competition should be directed to: