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MEDA Pitch Competition


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.

Have a great idea? Applications for the MEDA Pitch Competition are open!

We want to hear your ideas! Submit your application for a chance to participate in the MEDA Pitch Competition. MEDAx invites young professionals, social entrepreneurs, and community innovators to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $10,000. The MEDA Pitch Competition will take place on November 3rd at MEDA Convention 2019 in Tucson, Arizona.

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1st Place Prize $10,000

Win an all-expenses paid trip to MEDA Convention 2020 in Montreal

Be a judge at MEDA Pitch Competition 2020

Have your pitch featured in marketplace Magazine

2nd Place Prize $5,000

All 2019 finalists selected 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.

How It Works



View and download the Official Competition Guidelines, Rubric and business model canvas.



Submit a competed application and business model canvas by September 25th online.



Attend MEDA Convention 2019 in Tucson, AZ. Finalists will be informed by September 30th



Pitch your idea in five minutes to a full room + a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $10,000!

Official Competition Entry Guidelines


This Competition is administered by Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Competition should be directed to:

Canada Inquiries

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Chris Brnjas

U.S. Inquiries

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Vanessa Hofer