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
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

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.


Priti Mehta-Shah

Priti Mehta-Shah

Priti is a leading transaction advisor and has provided valuable guidance to clients in Canada, and around the globe, for the past 30 years. She has been involved in transactions in agriculture, manufacturing, independent pharmacies, and other diversified sectors. Priti’s expertise includes assisting clients in the sale of their business by sourcing purchasers, negotiating, and structuring of the transaction. She has also assisted clients with their acquisitions and management buyouts, including assistance with placing financing for the acquisition or growth-driven senior debt, subordinated/ mezzanine debt and private equity.

Priti is currently on the board of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, The Entrepreneurs Organization and The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. She is the past chair of the Winnipeg Chamber and The Women’s Enterprise Centre.

Priti is frequently invited to speak to business leaders and key decision makers on various transactions, valuation and financing matters.

An entrepreneur at heart, Priti is driven to help her clients maximize value of their business.

Jim Perchaluk

Jim Perchaluk

Jim is the founder and CEO of Winnipeg tech company, UnionWare. With 45 employees and clients representing over 2.5 million members, UnionWare is the leading provider of membership software to unions in North America and Australia. Clients include public sector unions (e.g. teachers, nurses, government) as well as specialty unions like the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots and the New York City Ticket Sellers.

Jim has a long history as an entrepreneur and has served as both the President of the Winnipeg Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and as EO’s Western Canadian Regional Director. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from University of Manitoba and is proud to have sponsored the UnionWare scholarship for girls entering UofM’s Computer Science program.

Tracey Maconachie

Tracey Maconachie

Tracey is an ambassador for business, with more than 25 years’ experience in both industry and leading a non-profit organization. Passionate about building a Manitoba that creates success for all Manitobans. Tracey is a relationship builder that has resulted in successful partnerships with businesses, government, community leaders, and non-profit organizations. She, as the President of the Life Science Association of Manitoba, has established the Association as the voice of the life science community, while working to anticipate and meet the needs of LSAM’s members.

In all that she does, she has four objectives in mind: stimulate economic growth in Manitoba, create local, national and international awareness, develop the local skill base and knowledge capacity and develop strategic partnerships.

Mentors & Volunteers


Danielle Grzybowski, TDS
Allister Penner, MNP
Andrea Legary, Deloitte
Joelle Foster, Futurpreneur
Suzanne Braun, Relish New Brand Experience
Stefan Maynard, Bold Commerce
Chris Johnson, PermissionClick
Dustin Refvik, FarmTrack
Matt Hlynsky, Deloitte
Rossel Sabourin, Skip the Dishes
Rui Melo, Skip the Dishes


Scott MacAulay
Kerry Stevenson
Bryce North
Chris Johnson
Andrea Legary
Joelle Foster
Nick Danzinger
Joelle Miyazawa
Mitch Bowler
Robert Elms
Allison Lea


Suzanne Braun
Marney Stapley
Brent Wennekes
Lasha Glennie
Matt Hlynsky
Jenn Lusby
Clara Buelow
Jerin Velal
Shelby Olsen
Dustin Revfik
Mike DeLuca

EMCEE: Greg Mackling

Greg Mackling

Greg Mackling co-hosts Mackling and Megarry weekend afternoons on 680 CJOB. He also hosts The Health Report and Sports Sunday.

Greg is comfortable sharing stories from his personal journey through life, including his wide variety of work experience, business, travel, passion for sports, Winnipeg and his family. Greg freely shares his battle with brain injury and depression and has become an outspoken advocate for mental wellness. He is a proud husband and father of twin boys.

A fierce defender of all things Manitoban, Greg is active in the community. He is the spokesperson for the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation 2017 lottery, and he also emcee’s a number of fundraising events throughout the year.


Congratulations to RUW10 winners!

David Teffaine; Brett Swope; Sam Cohen; Carson Milberg

Logan Daly-Doersam; Jeremy Dyck; Jiazhou Bi; Harmandeep Sandhu

Sparsh Agrawal; David Dang; Harjinder Sidhu; Micah Melnyk ; Sushil Agrawal

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

Ramp Up Weekend 10 Teams