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Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas a Beaming Success

This year’s Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas was an exciting event that had almost 50 competitors take an idea and transform it into a business in 55 hours.

Nine teams made up of diverse age groups, anywhere from high school, university and college students, as well as adults from various backgrounds, put their minds together to come out with some brilliant businesses that will be moving forward beyond the weekend.

The full weekend took place in The Commons at Maples Met School where teams set up shop for the weekend to drill down their ideas. The new location provided a perfect venue for teams to present their final pitches to the panel of judges during the Sunday Pitch Finale in front of an audience of 125 spectators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The teams worked tirelessly to perfect their business plans and presentations ahead of the Sunday Pitch Finale which featured judges Eric Bjornson, Lori Wheeler and Jeff Ryzner. The Sunday Pitch Finale was hosted by improv comedy duo Stephen Sim & Caity Curtis bringing humour to the event and helping keep the evening on track with time.

The winning business ideas from Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas include a variety of services to help teams move forward with their ideas past the weekend.

1st Place Winner ($6500 prize): Cellar2Sellar, allows you to photograph items in your home that you’re looking to sell and makes a Kijiji/sale page to help you get rid of your junk. They use artificial intelligence to determine what the item is and how to price it appropriately.

Clean Tech Winner ($6500 prize): Hot Bunz, will let you heat your car seats before getting in without having to start your car and pollute the air, all controlled through your mobile phone.

2nd Place Winner ($2500 prize): Task Share is an app that lets you list the tasks you don’t want to do and allows others to bid on a cost they would do it for.

Fan Favourite Winner ($500 prize): STEAM Kidz is a STEM-based learning storefront/activity centre. Combining hands-on, practical learning experiences in a safe, monitored and guided environment designed to stimulate interest in the fields of science and technology.

The teams worked tirelessly to perfect their business plans and presentations ahead of the Sunday Pitch Finale which featured judges Eric Bjornson, Lori Wheeler and Jeff Ryzner. The Finale was hosted by improv comedy duo Stephen Sim & Caity Curtis bringing humour to the event and helping keep the evening on track with time.

1st Place Winners: Cellar2Sellar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Tech Winners: Hot Bunz 

Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas was a success due to a community effort from our sponsors, the planning committee, mentors and volunteers who devoted their time during the weekend to assist teams as they work out their plans. A huge thanks to the community for supporting Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas.

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Bell MTS

Bell MTS is part of Canada’s largest telecommunications company, providing Manitobans with Mobile phone, TV, high speed Internet, and Home phone service.

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MNP LLP

MNP is a leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firm in Canada.

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Relish New Brand Experience Inc.

We build strategic, creative and interactive brand experiences on every platform.

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Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

At Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS), we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness and communication, providing better results for clients.

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Wawanesa

Wawanesa works exclusively with insurance brokers across Canada, offering home, auto, farm and commercial business products.

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Business Development Bank of Canada

BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. We offer financing, venture capital, growth & transition capital and consulting services.

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Deloitte

Get forward-thinking business advice. With over 150 years of experience, Deloitte is one of the leading professional services firms in Canada.

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RBC

Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 36 other countries.

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Only NU

Social Media Marketing Company providing innovative experiences that give your business an advantage over competitors.

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CoPilot

We are a team of creators inspired by stories. We use storytelling to produce unique visual content that drives meaningful campaigns. We dedicate resources to strategically design marketing strategies to complement our content, while generating views, impressions and ultimately, conversions.

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Bit Space Development

Bit Space Development Ltd. is an interactive digital media studio that specializes in creating innovative learning experiences for the classroom and workplace. We work with educators and industry professionals from around the world to develop effective solutions for education and training using cutting edge digital media technologies.

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Princess Auto

For more than 85 years, Princess Auto has been supplying trade professionals, home mechanics or people who simply love building things with the tools and equipment they need to figure it out – whatever that “it” may be. With a unique assortment of tools, equipment and products, ranging from hydraulics to welding, Princess Auto complements the home improvement sector rather than competing with it.

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JCV Mechanical

We offer highly skilled service professionals, 24 hour emergency service, preventative maintenance programs, training and emergency rental units. JCV Mechanical offers more than just compressed air products. turn this around and start with JCV mechanical offers more.

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Bockstael

For over 100 years the Bockstael name has been synonymous with construction in Manitoba. From the humble beginnings of a Belgian carpenter, to the fourth generation of family ownership, building is in our blood. We pride ourselves on world-class innovation and a client-first approach to doing business. This is our commitment to serving the province we choose to call home for the next 100 years — and beyond.

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Stu Clark Centre for Entreprenuership

The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCCE) is here to support entrepreneurial activities across the entire University of Manitoba campus. In addition to supporting students at the I.H. Asper School of Business we also support students from ALL faculties across the University of Manitoba – Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus including: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and more!

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Due North Systems

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Go Oil Canada

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SevenOaks School Division

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Maples Met School

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LGD Pinawa

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Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

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Canadian National Energy Alliance

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North Forge Technology Exchange

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SEED - Altona

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Portage Regional Economic Development

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Morden & District Chamber of Commerce

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Morden Community Development Corp

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Community Futures Heartland

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Carman

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Community Futures Winnipeg Rivers

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Barkman Concrete Ltd.

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Pitblado Law

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