Promoting the intersection of established businesses and entrepreneurship. 

Important Dates: 
December 6, 2018
Challenge launch
December 20, 2018
Business model workshop
December 28, 2018
Submission deadline
January 8, 2019
Expert office hours
January 16, 2019
Pitches and winner announcement

The Intersect Challenge is now open for submissions

We're looking for innovative solutions to problems in the Cape Breton community. The deadline is December 28, 2018, at 11:59 pm AST.

Below are highlights about the opportunity. Learn more about Protocase’s problem and the competition details in the INTERSECT CHALLENGE INFO KIT. Supplementary information: 

About Intersect Challenge

Intersect Challenge promotes the intersection of established businesses and entrepreneurship.

Local businesses share a problem or pain they’re experiencing, and aspiring entrepreneurs pitch digital solutions for a chance to win $5,000 in cash and other support.

Eligibility

Start-ups must have a new knowledge-based product or service with less than $1,000,000 in annual sales revenue.

Companies from around the world may apply, but the winner must be registered as a business in Nova Scotia for funds to be released.

Entrants must be the majority owner(s) (51 per cent or more) of the start-up and plan to work full-time with the business in Nova Scotia.

Past participants of Innovacorp programs (e.g., Demo at Sea, ESCF, etc.) may apply for this competition.

Eligibility details can be found in the info kit.

How do I apply?

Intersect is open for submissions! The submission deadline is Friday, December 28, 2018, at 11:59 pm AST. Entering is easy. Applicants simply submit a summary of how their start-up will address the opportunity identified by Protocase.

SUBMISSIONS are made online. Check out the INTERSECT CHALLENGE INFO KIT for all the details and competition requirements. Supplementary information: 

Awards

The winner will receive $5,000 in non-dilutive, non-repayable funding, guidance from seasoned business people and up to $2,500 in product development and prototyping from Protocase.

Awards are intended for the establishment and/or future development of the start-up.

Judging criteria

A judging committee of representatives from the private and public sectors will determine which entrants become finalists for round two based on the slide submissions.

Submissions will be evaluated on the quality of the product or service, industry knowledge and management experience, barriers to competitive entry, market size and credibility of plans to reach key milestones. 

At an event open to the public on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, finalists will pitch their business idea to the judging committee to determine the competition winner.

Confidentiality

All submissions will be treated confidentially and will not be made available to the public. Only those directly involved in managing or judging the competition will view submitted documents. While submission details will not be disclosed, the competition organizers reserve the right to announce those who advance to subsequent competition rounds. Materials presented during the pitch session will be considered public information.

Partners

Intersect Challenge is presented by:

Contact

Holly Chisholm
  1. 902.564.2951 ext. 2