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 Awards Dinner will be held on March 23rd, 2017 at the Fredericton Convention Center in Fredericton, NB. Tickets will be on sale beginning January 20th, 2017.

Semi-Finalists

eChart Healthcare Amanda Betts

Software to connect long-term care patients with families

EhEye James Stewart

Artificial intelligence system to catch anomalies in security

Newpy Erin O'Halloran

Application for digital marketing

Pfera Lisa Pfister

Application to detect birth times in horses

Quber Jen Leger

Fintech application allowing you to save money easily

Shoplaw Randy Campbell

Online resource for public to find lawyers

SomaDetect Bethany Desphande

Cow milk quality detection software tool

Stash Energy Jordan Kennie

Energy storage for use during non-peak times

The Unity Project Steve Skinner

Donation at point of sale software

Vibes Intelligent Marcel Petitpas

Analysis software for client satisfaction

WEnTech Amir Akbari

Waste to energy software tool

Zecken Laboratories Kami Harris

Lyme disease detection tool

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 trip to Dragon's Den 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!
Attendees of Breakthru LIVE will also vote at the Awards Dinner.
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