It’s the morning of Thursday the 19th of March 2015—the day of Breakthru 2015 LIVE—after months of work for five teams, the idea of becoming entrepreneurs remains a dream. But three of them will become exactly that, receiving up to $750,000 in investments and professional services from our partners to start their own company—and a new life. The application period has passed, and now all of the teams are set to pass through the various stages of the competition! It will culminate with our live event at the Fredericton Convention Centre on March 19th, 2015. Tickets go on sale in January.

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The largest competition of its kind in Canada, Breakthru is the only time that NBIF invests in an idea. If your product or service is already fully-developed and you and your team are investment-ready, you may be eligible for an investment now through our Startup Investment Fund.

Breakthru Awards Dinner



Description & Provider GRAND  SECOND  THIRD 
Cash investment by NBIF Breakthru $100,000 $50,000 $50,000
Cash investment by NBIF Startup Investment Fund* $100,000 $100,000 $100,000
Cash incentives by NB Growth Program** (up to) 45,000 45,000 45,000
Legal services from Cox & Palmer 5,000 5,000 5,000
Financial advisory services from Deloitte 5,000 5,000 5,000
IT Services from Blue Spurs 5,000 5,000 5,000
Executive coaching services from Vision Coaching 5,000 5,000 5,000
Branding and digital design services from Orange Sprocket 15,000    
Web and video production from Outreach Productions 5,000    
Branding and design services from Ginger Design   5,000 5,000
Electronics Engineering Services from Epsilon5*** 5,000    
Company launch event at a Cineplex 2,250 2,250 2,250
More to be announced      
TOTAL $287,250 $222,250 $222,250

* Note that investments in the Breakthru winners will be completed in two parts and timed based on reaching specific milestones.

** The Department of Economic Development will provide NB Growth Cash incentives of up to $45,000 per Breakthru winner, subject to NB Growth program eligibility requirements.

*** If the grand prizewinner's business model does not require electronics engineering services, the prize will default to the 1st runner-up or 2nd runner-up in that order.

Selection Committee

Viewers Choice Award

Have your say and tell us who YOU think will win. Here's how:

A feature story on each team will be broadcast on the CBC News New Brunswick with Harry Forestell in March 2015 and uploaded to the CBC website where you can watch them again and vote via social media for who YOU think should win the Viewers' Choice Award. Stay tuned for more information about voting as the date approaches.

Participant Handbook

The Breakthru Participant Handbook outlines the essential aspects of the Breakthru Startup Competition and has been designed to assist participants in preparing their submissions to compete. The competition process has been carefully and thoughtfully developed to create the best competition possible. The Participant Handbook outlines the eligibility requirements, the competition process and the terms and conditions.

All participants must fully read and understand the Breakthru Participant Handbook prior to entering the competition. 

Corporate Partners