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Man on stage speaking into microphone at the CNE Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition

CNE Emerging Innovators Pitch Competition

Canada’s brightest innovators converged in the CNE Gaming Garage Powered by AMD on August 28 to pitch their cutting edge inventions and competed for prize money. See below for more information on each pitch category and to learn about our winners!

$2000.00 cash prize per category.

The Pitch Competition Categories

Food Tech and Urban Agriculture: 1pm – 2pm

Congratulations to Terra Optima for winning the Food Tech and Urban Agriculture Pitch Competition category.

Start-ups in this category focused on innovation in food technology, new/improved food offering, solutions/opportunities for urban agriculture, or education. Companies can present a food product, app, technology, or other concept that fits within the theme.

1. Be One to Give

2. Hover

3. GuyBean

4. Tacos and Waffles Inc

5. Terra Optima

Thank you to our Judges! Paula Reile, Matan Hazanov and Alexander Morsink  

Home, Everyday Living, and Leisure: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Congratulations to Rewardly for winning the Home, Everyday Living, and Leisure Pitch Competition category.

This category featured start-ups that focus on the connected home, everyday living essentials, education, travel, and leisure. The companies could be tech-based, app-based; and/or a physical product.

1. Paint Tools to Go

2. Rewardly

3. Plaiced Inc

4. Sitch


Thank you to our Judges! Matthew He, Ryan Speers and Noa Sandler

Women Entrepreneurs: 4pm – 5pm

Congratulations to Marlow for winning the Women Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition category.

Companies in this category must be founded or co-founded by a woman entrepreneur. There is no specific theme for the type of company that can be presented and a woman must be the pitcher.

1. Marlow

2. Rax

3. Placemade

4. Krippit

5. Glou Beauty

Thank you to our Judges! Jonathan Irwin, Danielle Brewin Graham and Alicia Cherayil

Health and Wellness: 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Congratulations to ImaginAble solutions for winning the Women Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition category.

Competitors in this category focused on products/services/technology that provides solutions to health and wellness concerns. There was a focus on companies concentrating on our aging population and accessibility.

1. ImaginAble solutions

2. Snapsmile

3. Gia Health https:///

4. Thermobeat

5. EasyLabs

6. Terranova Health Network

Thank you to our Judges! Jonathan Irwin, Angelo Del Duca and Sunny Shao

Hosted by Marc Saltzman

For the past 25 years, Marc Saltzman has been a prolific tech expert with one simple goal: to break down geek speak into street speak. Marc is a freelance journalist for more than 20 publications (USA TODAY, Costco Connection, AARP, Post Media, and Toronto Star); a 16-time author (including Apple Watch For Dummies); radio/podcast, television and movie theatre personality; keynote speaker; and content creator for social media platforms. Marc is also the host of the Tech Impact TV show, which airs on Bloomberg Television and Fox Business in the United States. Marc specializes in consumer electronics, automotive innovations, interactive entertainment, and future trends.