Four Brock University student teams will present their business ideas to an all-star panel of judges on Monday as the Goodman School of Business Monster Pitch competition returns to the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre for a sold out event.
The competition, inspired by TV’s Dragon’s Den, sees student teams from multiple Brock faculties compete for a prize package worth more than $12,500 in cash and startup support services for their idea.
This year’s judging panel includes former ‘Dragon’ David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber series; another former Dragon Bruce Croxon, co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round13; Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board; and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners.
The Monster Pitch competition is hosted by the Brock Innovation Group student club and is supported by the Goodman School of Business and BioLinc, sponsored by Spark Power Corp.
This year is the seventh-annual Monster Pitch event.
The event will also include a talk by Steeped Tea founder Tonia Jahshan, who successfully pitched her business plan on Dragons’ Den in 2012, as well as a keynote address by Welland native Anthony Lacavera, founder and chairman of Globalive Capital and founder of Wind Mobile, Canada’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, which is now known as Freedom Mobile.
The competition starts at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.