Over $1,000,000 CAD in funding up for grabs for select finalists
TORONTO, July 3, 2018 /CNW/ -- Elevate is partnering with Publicis.Sapient and NextAI to host $1M ElevateR Pitch: AI Edition; a March Madness-style pitch competition. As part of Elevate, Canada's largest tech and innovation festival, ElevateR Pitch will showcase 16 finalists of Canadian AI startups to a panel of expert judges made up of investors, celebrities, and media personalities in search of Canada's best AI Startup. The finalists will face-off during Elevate's Main Stage event on Tuesday, September 25. All 16 finalists have a chance to receive a portion of the $1,000,000 in funding available, which is provided by ScaleUP Ventures and Espresso Capital.
"We're excited to participate in Elevate again this year and create ElevateR Pitch. This is an important event for the tech industry in Canada. Our tech and innovation ecosystem is on the leading edge, and we need to keep and attract talent in Canada. As leaders in the tech and AI arena, we have a responsibility and the opportunity to elevate our industry and accelerate our growth in the global marketplace." Alyssa Altman, Senior Vice President, Publicis.Sapient.
Interested Canadian AI startups are asked to submit a 3-minute video pitch to earn a spot as one of 16 finalists, selected by a committee of notable investors.
"Canada's most promising AI companies will be discovered on the Elevate Main Stage," said Razor Suleman, CEO and Cofounder of Elevate. "We're bringing the whole country together for a truly Made-in-Canada competition."
ElevateR Pitch is created by Publicis.Sapient, the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe with community partner NextAI, a Toronto-based accelerator for early or idea stage AI-enabled startups.
Canadian AI startups can submit their application and pitch video here.
The deadline for all applications is Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
Publicis.Sapient, the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe, helps clients drive growth and evolve the way they work, in a world where consumer behavior and technology are catalyzing social and commercial change at an unprecedented pace. With 19,000 people and over 100 global offices, our expertise spanning technology, data sciences, consulting and creative combined with our culture of innovation enables us to deliver on complex transformation initiatives. For more information, visit www.publicis.sapient.com.
Elevate is a city-wide technology and innovation festival that takes place in Toronto, Canada. Its annual event brings together global tech leaders, investors, government officials and international media to raise the profile of the Canadian innovation ecosystem. Through a mix of inspirational speakers, experiential programming, and social networking opportunities, Elevate operates as a platform for the community at large to disrupt together, celebrate diversity and inclusiveness, and proudly showcase the best of Canadian innovation. Elevate is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2017. To learn more, visit www.elevatetechfest.com.
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