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Idea to Startup

Innovate, Create, Celebrate

April 6-8, 2018

Get ready for Ramp Up Weekend 11! 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.

#RUW11

“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

WHAT HAPPENS IN 55 HOURS?

Day 1 • Friday, April 6

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, April 7

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, April 8

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
321 McDermot Avenue, 5th Floor

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

8:30pm
Start working! (as late as it takes)

8:00 am
Doors open for competitors

8:30 am
Breakfast

10:00 am
· Teams register their names
· Market research assistance

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

12:00 pm
Lunch

6:00 pm
Dinner

10:00 pm
Day two closes

8:00 am
Doors open for competitors

8:30 am
Breakfast

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Pitch scrubbing

12:00 pm
Lunch

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

INNOVATE, CREATE

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

REGISTER TO COMPETE

CELEBRATE

Congratulations to RUW10, 2017 winners!

FIRST PLACE – CONNEXUS
David Teffaine; Brett Swope; Sam Cohen; Carson Milberg

SECOND PLACE – PORTAL VR
Logan Daly-Doersam; Jeremy Dyck; Jiazhou Bi; Harmandeep Sandhu

HONOURABLE MENTION – STOCKCAST
Sparsh Agrawal; David Dang; Harjinder Sidhu; Micah Melnyk ; Sushil Agrawal

FAN FAVOURITE – GO OIL
John Sparrow; Joel Miyazawa; Jenn Lusby; Elijah Dietrich; Jasper Roadley; Rachel Berger-Viflanzoff; Adriana Brkic; Brian Mustard; Ushashi Orunima

SUPPORT

Associate your brand with accelerating technology startups in Manitoba – all while increasing your company’s visibility and expanding your business network. Contact Marney Stapley, 204-799-2033.

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