On November 30th, the Burlington Convention Centre buzzed with excitement as we hosted the much-anticipated Hi5 Pitch Competition. The stage was set, the pitches were primed, and the energy was electric!
High-Fives and High Stakes
Our Hi5 Pitch Competition is no ordinary affair—it’s a thrilling showcase where five high-potential clients get five minutes each to pitch their innovative ventures to a panel of five discerning judges. Why the number 5, you ask? Because at Haltech, we believe in going above and beyond, and we’re not afraid to make it catchy!
The stakes were high, with a grand prize of $5,000 awaiting the winner. This year’s competition not only provided a platform for our most innovative start-ups to shine but also an opportunity to build essential presentation skills and gain exposure to our vast ecosystem of industry partners.
The Ground Rules
Finalists are given 5-minutes to pitch their businesses. After each presentation, the judges are given up to 10 minutes for Q&A.
- Business concept
- Target customer and market problem
- Uniqueness to competition
- Go-to-market strategy
- Overall presentation
This Year’s Finalists
And the Winners Are… 🏆
People’s Choice Winner: Catapult Tactical XR
The crowd had its say too, as the dynamic duo Robyn & Sheldon Simpson of Catapult Tactical XR seized the People’s Choice Award. Their triumph earned them $1,000 and 40 complimentary hours at ACE Coworking in Oakville. Bravo!
First Place Winner: Jitto
After a night filled with compelling pitches and palpable anticipation, Mani Siddiqui of Jitto emerged victorious, claiming the coveted first-place prize of $5,000. But that’s not all—Mani also secured complimentary I.P. consultations up to $1,500 in value with the esteemed Bearskin & Parr LLP.
Gratitude Galore: Thank You to Our Partners
None of this would have been possible without the incredible support of our sponsors and partners. A heartfelt thank you to our title sponsor, The Magnes Group, and our supporting sponsors—Halton Region, Bearskin & Parr LLP, and BDO. We also extend our gratitude to our strategic partners: ACE Coworking, PORCH, and Scotiabank.
A Round of Applause for All Involved
Let’s not forget the behind-the-scenes heroes—the pitch mentors, the dedicated Haltech team, our esteemed panel of judges, and, of course, our passionate finalists. Hi5 was more than just an event; it was a celebration of creativity, determination, and the spirit of entrepreneurship. As we wrap up another successful edition, we’re already looking forward to the next Hi5—where innovation knows no bounds, and the excitement never fades. Until then, keep reaching new heights, Haltech community!