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Applications Now Open for Pitch IT! Student Entrepreneurial Competition

Trent and Fleming students will compete for the title of ‘Best Pitch’ and a $2,000 prize


October 6, 2022 – PETERBOROUGH, ON – Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (“Innovation Cluster”) is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Pitch IT! student entrepreneurial competition that will take place on November 9th

Hosted by the Innovation Cluster’s student entrepreneurship program FastStart, Pitch IT! provides the opportunity for Trent University and Fleming College students with an entrepreneurial spirit to pitch their innovative business ideas to a panel of influential investors and business leaders in our community for a chance to win a $2,000 prize (1st place), a $1,000 prize (2nd place), and business exposure across the region.

Pitch IT! provides a tremendous opportunity for not only the winner and runner-up but all participants. Prior to the competition, all students participate in a workshop to develop and improve their business pitch skills. In addition, all participants get the chance to network with business professionals, investors, and other entrepreneurs.

FastStart Program Manager Lindsey Irwin stated, “Pitch IT! is an invaluable experience for post-secondary students that have entrepreneurial passion and drive. We are looking for students who are truly innovative with their ideas, and have a desire to learn and grow into successful entrepreneurs in our community.” 



Applications close on October 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Accepted applicants will be announced on October 26th.


About the Innovation Cluster 

The Innovation Cluster is a not-for-profit organization that drives innovative, determined entrepreneurs in the formation and growth of their technology-based companies. Supporting four key sectors, agtech, digital, healthcare and with a strong focus on cleantech, the Innovation Cluster’s dynamic programming and mentoring ensures start-ups find their best path to market. 

Core Funding is provided by The City of Peterborough, Trent University, Fleming College, Peterborough Region Angel Network, The City of Kawartha Lakes, OMAFRA, Feddev Ontario, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Peterborough Utilities Group. Visit 


Media Contact

Innovation Cluster

Lindsey Irwin

Senior Innovation Specialist & FastStart Program Manager 

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