Breakthru - NBIF - FINB

IMAGINE: it’s the day before our Breakthru live event. After months of work for eight teams, the idea of becoming entrepreneurs is still just a dream.  But, for four of them, they’ll become exactly that, and overnight, receiving up to $1 MILLION in cash and professional services to start their own company.  A new life.

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.

Breakthru Awards Dinner

The Breakthru Awards Dinner will be held on March 23rd, 2017 at the Fredericton Convention Center in Fredericton, NB. More details to come in January 2017.



Prize sponsors include:

  • ​Deloitte
  • ​Cox & Palmer
  • Opportunities NB
  • Symplicity Designs
  • ​Gemba Software Solutions
  • ​NOREX
  • ​Vision Coaching
  • ​Ginger Designs
  • ​Outreach Productions
  • ​CCNB

More details to come!



Selection Committee

Viewers Choice Award


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