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Deadline: December 10, 2021 00:00 CET| Apply here
Dates: January 20-21, 2022
Eligibility: Students and non-students running early-stage ventures

Apex Business Plan Competition 2022

The Apex Business Plan Competition will challenge participants to be innovative and creative as they develop, direct, organize and present a business plan or new venture to a panel of judges & mentors.

After a successful virtual format in 2021, Apex is committed to bring back in-person participation in the 2022 Apex Hybrid format, a blended online & in-person experience that will be inclusive, engaging, and safe for everyone to compete and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

The two-day 2022 Apex Hybrid Competition’s online and in-person elements provide flexibility for participants to take part from anywhere.

During the competition, students and entrepreneurs build life-long connections and put their entrepreneurial ideas to the test with a panel of experts.

The Hybrid Apex Expansion

Feedback from judges & participants has led to highlight the new ventures competing within the existing business plan track, creating a level playing field for seasoned & budding entrepreneurs & opening the competition to non-students.

Business Plan Track

Traditional business plan track for graduate & undergraduate students. This track is reserved for students enrolled in post-secondary institutions. Judges, entrepreneurs, and business leaders mentor students making their first step as entrepreneurs.

  • Actively enrolled students
  • Teams can take part from outside Canada too
  • Undergraduate student stream
  • Graduate student stream
  • 4 member teams
  • Competition rounds: Presentation round & Elevator pitch round
  • Submissions: Executive summary, & 25-page business plan (must submit to complete enrolment).

New Venture Track

Early-stage, massively scalable ventures looking to accelerate their growth to the next stage. Open to recent alumni, non-students, and students running early-stage ventures. Judges play the role of investors.

  • Open to students and non-students running early-stage ventures (with the annual revenue up to $1 million, age of 5-years or less, and 25 employees max)
  • Teams can take part from outside Canada too
  • Competition rounds: Presentation round & Elevator pitch round
  • Submissions: 12-slide investor deck + financial projections (must submit to complete enrolment)

Teams from the Business Plan and New Venture tracks will compete together in the elevator pitch rounds.

Why attend?

This competition brings together entrepreneurial-minded students to celebrate talent, encourage entrepreneurship as a viable option for the future, prepare for the challenges of a volatile global marketplace and — most importantly — have fun.

The hybrid experience extends beyond the competitive events, where students and entrepreneurs will be engaged in webinars with the business community, ice-breaker social activities, and networking opportunities with sponsors.

Interested in applying for the Apex Business Plan Competition 2022? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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