Ramp Up Weekend

Idea to Startup

Innovate, Create, Celebrate

June 9-11, 2017

Get ready for Ramp Up Weekend 10! Ramp Up Weekends pull together developers, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs to build a minimum viable product (MVP) in 55 hours.

The event isn’t just about how many startups succeed or launch, it’s about building deep relationships among the attendees, learning, and taking the first steps toward entrepreneurship – in Manitoba!

Supporting sponsors are given the opportunity to get right into the trenches with teams as they build the next big thing! This transforms your brand in the eyes of some of our province’s best and brightest talent in technology and innovation.


“What a challenging and inspirational weekend! I met some new friends and saw the amazing talents of all participants come together to create some great pitches for new ideas.”

-North Forge member Ted Sims


Day 1 • Friday, June 9 

Attendees will have 60 seconds to pitch each idea. After all ideas pitched, everyone votes their three favourites. With the most interesting ideas gaining traction, teams begin to form into cross-functional groups including design, development, business, and more. The remainder of Friday evening is spent brainstorming and planning for building a Minimum Viable Product Saturday and Sunday.

Day 2 • Saturday, June 10

Logos and websites are created, product mocked up and built, customer validation – it’s a day of building. Mentors move from team to team, asking tough questions and helping teams survive the ‘pivots’ ahead.

Day 3 • Sunday, June 11

Continued building and another round of mentorship.  Pitch Prep sessions will be available for teams looking to scrub their pitches. After dinner, it’s time to pitch to the judges.  Teams will have five minutes to pitch, and 5 minutes of Q & A. After the awards are handed out and the teams catch their breath, we hope to see these startups move on and launch right here in Winnipeg!

Competitor Schedule

6:00 pm
· Doors open for competitors
· Refreshments, mix and mingle

7:00 pm
Welcome remarks

7:15 pm
· 30 second idea pitches
· Team formation

Start working! (as late as it takes)

8:00 am
Doors open for competitors

8:30 am

10:00 am
· Teams register their names
· WTC market research assistance

10:30 am -12:00 pm
Mentors/coaches work with teams

12:00 pm

6:00 pm

10:00 pm
Day two closes

8:00 am
Doors open for competitors

8:30 am

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Pitch scrubbing

12:00 pm

4:00 pm
Slide decks must be submitted
Dinner served for competitors

5:00 pm
Competitors move to the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre

5:30 pm
Doors open at the Met

6:30 pm
Pitch Finale Begins


Compete for cash prizes and the chance to develop your product at Red River College’s ACE Project Space – including office space, access to student developers and support from an amazing team of experienced project managers.

Student Registration…$25
Regular Registration…$100


In It to Win It: Earn Your Way into Manitoba Entrepreneurship

WIN Cash Prizes
Chase your vision – and the money! Thousands of dollars in cash will be awarded for extraordinary feats of entrepreneurship as you move from idea to MVP in one weekend June 9-11.

ACE Project Space
Top two qualifying ideas will be offered an office space for four months at the ACE Project Space. As an Entrepreneurs-in-Residence you will have the chance to work with interested RRC ACE students to develop a prototype of your project and receive access to all the services offered by the ACE Project Space. The four-month period could be extended based on students’ interests.

Fabrication Lab Membership
WIN a six-month Corporate Membership at the North Forge Fabrication Lab. Receive 24-hour access to the lab’s 3D printing, CNC milling, metal fabrication equipment and more, while also working with fellow members who offer experience and advice to help you bring your idea to life.

North Forge Startup Program
Win a six-month term in the North Forge Startup Program. Includes Tier 1 mentorship from a group that has founded, funded, scaled, and exited companies. You’ll be introduced to investors, fellow founders, and provided with the resources you can use to grow your company.

Office Space
WIN North Forge Startup Space at 125 Adelaide in the heart of Innovation Alley close to the Fabrication Lab and ACE Project Space. You’ll have an Exchange District address, Tier 1 fibre internet, phone system and the opportunity to work alongside other founders.

Legal Services
WIN $600 in credits for incorporation services. Top 3 qualifying ideas also win 30 minutes consultation courtesy TDS Law.

Accounting Services
WIN over $1,500 in startup services including Quickbooks license and quick set up, 3 hours bookkeeping training, 2 hours with a business expert and one hour SRED service courtesy MNP.

Agency Services
Top three qualifying ideas WIN $600 toward branding, marketing or web services with Relish New Brand Experience Inc. and 1 hour consultation.

UX Services
WIN $600 toward user experience strategy, consulting or usability testing services with Caribou.

Hosting Services
Top three qualifying ideas will receive free website hosting for one year from Pegboard Hosting.

Telco Services
WIN $1,000 worth of telephone services including 4 desk phones with 1 year local calling, toll-free number, and Canada/USA long distance calling courtesy of LES.NET.



Sunday, June 11, 2017

It’s RUW10! This year we’re taking Ramp Up Weekend to a whole new level!
Our Sunday Main Event will be held at the beautiful Metropolitan Entertainment Centre by Canad Inns. Be there to feel the passion and intensity of competing teams as they pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges.

Admission is Free!

Doors open at 5:30 for networking. Pitches start at 6:30.

Cash bar and food for purchase.

Register now to hold your seat and receive event updates.