Propel Entrepreneurship

Seed Your Startup 2017 (Press Release)

Entrepreneurs pitch for over $6,000 in prizes at Seed Your Startup

On Thursday, April 6th, six student startups took to Propel’s stage for the sixth annual Seed Your Startup pitch competition. Entrepreneurs from Western University and Fanshawe College pitched in front of a live audience and panel of judges for a shot at winning their share of over $6000 in seed funding.  

Seed Your Startup is designed to help young entrepreneurs make the transition from ideas to formalized action plans, with the opportunity to win funding. The 2017 installment of the event differed from previous years, as the grand prize was divided into two categories: one $3,000 technology/ service pitch prize and one $3,000 retail/ product pitch prize.

Seed Your Startup 2017 brought in over 100 applications, the highest number in the competition’s history. The calibre of contestants was apparent at the final pitch event. Finalists included: Beatcamp, BloxOffice, Ellia and Co., Fr8 Living Solutions, Grammit, and Hypercare.

The judges were faced with a difficult decision, and after much deliberation, the panel chose the two winning teams:

Beatcamp(Technology Pitch Prize)

About: Beatcamp is an online marketplace to license instrumental music. 

beatcampGrammit

Many of the entrepreneurs who participated in this year’s event have also worked closely with Western’s Entrepreneurship Centre, Propel. Winner, Haishan Qian, actively encourages any student take advantage of campus programing and resources. “I don’t think students realize how many opportunities there are on campus. I wish I knew about Propel in my first year. The learning experience, the people, the atmosphere – is amazing. Without Propel, Grammit would not be where it is today.”

Seed Your Startup is a great opportunity for student entrepreneurs to experience the competitive nature of starting and operating a business,” said Ian Haase, Director of Propel. “It’s been very gratifying to see our past winners go on to achieve success in their entrepreneurial pursuits and we look forward to seeing Beatcamp and Grammit do the same.” 

Contestant and winner of Seed Your Startup’s Peoples Choice Award, Bryn Davis, emphasizes how the competition helped her business: “Seed Your Startup and Propel have allowed me to see my business, Ellia and Co., as a reality. The fear of failure is a huge barrier that I personally face as the entrepreneur, and the support and validation this competition gave me has been a turning point in launching my startup.

Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to our winners! If you were unable to watch the event, you can view our livestream via Facebook

 

Past Seed Your Startup winners include: Pascal PressGamerLinkIllbury + GooseGamePress and Sky Eye Media.

Seed Your Startup 2017 was made possible with the help of community sponsors and partners: Ivey Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, Ivey Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab, Leap Junction, Libro Credit Union, Techalliance, The Book Store at Western, and Unlondon.

MEDIA CONTACT: 

Michelle Stanescu, Propel Coordinator, Western University, 519-661-2111 x85312, mstanes@uwo.ca 

ABOUT PROPEL, WESTERN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTRE:

Propel is part of the Campus-Linked Accelerator (CLA) program, an initiative of the Ontario Government and administered through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Propel is partnered locally with LEAP Junction at Fanshawe College. The centre provides co-working space, mentorship, seed funding, events and acts as an advocate for local startups in the community.