Idea to Startup

Innovate, Create, Celebrate

June 1 – 3, 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.


“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 1

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 2

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 3

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!



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
Early Bird Registration in Effect Until May 18!…$75
Regular Registration…$100



The Ramp Up Weekend pitch finale will be hosted at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre on Sunday June 3, 2018. Be there to feel the passion and intensity of competing teams as they pitch their best ideas to a panel of judges.

Doors open at 5:30 pm for networking.
Pitches start at 6:30 pm.
Food & drinks are available for purchase.




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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