Breakthru - NBIF - FINB
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Breakthru encourages the creation and development of entrepreneurial, innovative business ventures in in New Brunswick. Hosted by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF), Cox & Palmer and Deloitte, this nation-wide start-up competition provides participants with a unique opportunity to access start-up capital, mentoring, and support.

Entrepreneurial Canadians who are interested in pursuing the development of a new and innovative business venture in the province are encouraged to enter the competition for a chance to win substantial prizes that will help launch their businesses. Participants will compete for over $1,000,000 in prizes, which consist of a combination of start-up equity capital and in-kind services and support.

The finalists will be notified on March 1, 2017. On March 16, 2017, the provincial finalist teams will present their business plan before the Breakthru Selection Committee. The national finalist teams will present in person on March 23, 2017, the day of Breakthru LIVE. Transportation and accommodation allowances will be provided for the national finalists only.  Prize recipients are chosen and then announced at the Breakthru LIVE.

Breakthru Awards Dinner

The Breakthru LIVE Awards Dinner will be held on March 23rd, 2017 at the Fredericton Convention Center in Fredericton, NB. Celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation with an evening of LIVE pitches, a rock band, and a delectable three-course meal.

​TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW BY E-MAIL (INFO@NBIF.CA), BY PHONE (1-877-554-6668) OR ON EVENTBRITE.

​General Admission:  $100 + tax

Table of 8:  $750 + tax

Semi-Finalists

eChart Healthcare
eChart Healthcare Amanda Betts

 

Software to connect long-term care patients with families

​Team:  Amanda Betts

EhEye
EhEye James Stewart

 

Artificial intelligence system to catch anomalies in security

Team: James Stewart & Shawn Mitchell

Newpy
Newpy Erin O'Halloran

 

Application for digital marketing

​Team: Erin O'Halloran & Alana O'Halloran

Pfera
Pfera Lisa Pfister

 

Application to detect birth times in horses

​Team: Lisa Pfister

Quber
Quber Jen Leger

 

Fintech application allowing you to save money easily

Team: Jen Leger & Venky Kulkarni

Shoplaw
Shoplaw Randy Campbell

 

A platform connecting trusted lawyers with consumers that desire instant prices and reliable reviews

Team: Randy Campbell

SomaDetect
SomaDetect Bethany Deshpande

 

Cow milk quality detection software tool

​Team:  Bethany Deshpande, Nicholas Clermont, Bharath Sudarsan & Bryan Wattie

Stash Energy
Stash Energy Jordan Kennie

 

Energy storage for use during non-peak times

​Team: Jordan Kennie, Erik Hatfield & Daniel Larsen

The Unity Project
The Unity Project Steve Skinner

 

Donation at point of sale software

Team:  Steve Skinner

Vibes Intelligent
Vibes Intelligent Marcel Petitpas

 

Analysis software for client satisfaction

Team: Marcel Petitpas & Bob Gorham

WEnTech
WEnTech Amir Akbari

 

Waste to energy software tool

​Team:  Amir Akbari, Farough Motasemi, Kevin Shiell & Kenneth Kent

Zecken Laboratories
Zecken Laboratories Kami Harris

 

Lyme disease detection tool

​Team: Kami Harris, Patrick Scanlan & Kyley Harris

Prizes

Prize Sponsors

 

Provincial Grand Prize

Provincial
Runner-up 

Provincial
Runner-up

National Grand Prize

Other Prizes**

NBIF, cash investment

$200,000*

$100,000*

$100,000*

$200,000*

 

Deloitte, in-kind accounting services

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

 

Cox & Palmer, in-kind legal services

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

$5,000

 

Opportunities NB, cash investment

$50,000

$25,000

$25,000

$50,000

 

Ginger Designs, in-kind marketing & brand design

$10,000

 

 

 

 

Gemba Software Solutions, in-kind Procedure Flow subscription

$27,500

$27,500

$27,500

$27,500

 

Symplicity Designs, in-kind performance workshops entries

$55,000

$10,000

$10,000

$10,000

 

Vision Coaching, in-kind leadership coaching (winner TBD)

 

 

 

 

$15,000

Norex, in-kind brand & technical design (winner TBD)

 

 

 

 

$20,000

CCNB, in-kind technical prototyping & computing (winner, TBD)

 

 

 

 

$12,000

Startup Kitchen, in-kind video services

$3,750

$3,750

$3,750

$3,750

 

Atlantic Growth Solutions, in-kind sales strategy training

$15,000

 

 

 

 

Outreach Productions, in-kind marketing & design services

 

$5,000

 

 

 

Total Prize Package $371,250 $181,250 $176,250 $301,250 $47,000

*Cash investments by NBIF will be made in two installments. Please read our participant handbook for details. Subject to due diligence.

**Other prizes will be awarded to a finalist of the sponsors choice. These prizes are available to all finalists. Winners will be notified individually.

Selection Committee

Viewers Choice Award

We're excited to announce that CBC will be offering a "front of the line" Golden Ticket to the Toronto audition of Dragons' Den on April 1st for the lucky winning team of our Viewer's Choice Award. View our finalists on CBC leading up to our event and vote for the team you think is most deserving!
Winner will be announced at the end of the evening.

Stay tuned for more details!

 

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