Seven startups will compete in the 2020 RBC EPIC Founders Final Pitch Competition on Thursday, August 6th. This is the first time that the annual event will be held on a completely virtual platform due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RBC EPIC Founders Program gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to work on their own startup full-time from May to July. In addition to receiving a stipend, founders get to work with mentors to validate their business model and develop a minimum viable product. The program is funded by the RBC Foundation.
“As an entrepreneurship centre, our startups normally have the opportunity to complete the 12-week accelerator program in a collaborative and open-concept environment at the EPICentre, one which fosters innovation and creativity” said EPICentre Director Wen Teoh “This year, our startups faced the challenge of completing the program on a completely virtual platform. With the guidance of our EPIC Program Lead, Sydney Thompson, we were able to provide our founders with a modified experience that still kept them engaged and excited”.
The RBC EPIC Founders Final Pitch Day is the culmination of the program, where participants will be pitching their businesses to a panel of judges. The winning pitch will receive the $3,500 Top Founder Award sponsored by the RBC Foundation. Runner-up will receive $1,000 sponsored by the Lucas Imagine Fund. The event will be live-streamed via the EPICentre Facebook page (@epicentre.uwindsor) on Thursday, August 6th, 2020 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm.
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