CORNWALL — The Cornwall Innovation Centre (CIC) hosted seven companies FinWello, Cloud LED Signs, FanSaves, The Mad Makery, Blue Ocean CRM Inc., Spinspo, and Sassy Threads who pitched their startups to a panel for cash prizes of $2500, $1000, and $500, on November 27.
Their panel made up of business professionals included: Alain Gravelle, Chartered Accountant, Welch LLP; Valerie Dore, Associate Lawyer, McDonald Duncan LLP; and Johanne Delves, Vice President, Public Sector and East Ontario Market Commercial Financial Services, RBC.
The cash prize winners were:
- 1st place ($2500) FanSaves: FanSaves is a mobile app that allows sports fans to save money at businesses that sponsor their favourite teams.
- 2nd place ($1000) The Mad Makery: The Mad Makery is the creativity-fueled 3D printing business that turns imagination into creations with innovation.
- 3rd place ($500) Sassy Threads: Sassy Threads is a company that creates weighted vests for kids who are autistic. The vests are made to look and be worn like a typical “off the shelf” garment, giving a more inclusive look so kids don’t feel as if they are made to stand out.
Shannon Ferguson, CEO of FanSaves had this to say about their big win: “We have been pitching in so many big cities lately but to win in Cornwall is so special. The Cornwall Innovation Centre put on a great event and we are proud to have pitched alongside so many great local businesses. Winning was truly an honour and we’re so excited for what’s next.”
CIC thanks RBC, McDonald Duncan LLP, and Welch LLP for generously sponsoring this event. Stay tuned for new, exciting pitch events being announced in the New Year!
About the Cornwall Innovation Centre
The CIC is an innovation ecosystem designed to ignite new ventures and propel high-growth potential businesses. A wide range of incubator and accelerator activities and services. The CIC provides access to high-level mentorship, assistance for deal-making, fundraising support, launch and capacity development events, sales training and supports, co-working spaces at the NAV Centre. They are launching the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute in January to teach the skills of the future, you can visit www.oeji.ca for more information.