It's a Start Pitch Competition Winner to Represent Canada in Beijing

The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator at George Brown College’s School of Design is excited to team up with the Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Conference (OTEC) to feature the first Canadian startup to pitch at the Global Final in Beijing, China.

The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator has been successfully organizing the IT’S A START Pitch Competition for emerging startups in Toronto over the past five years. Organized by the Digital Media and Gaming Incubator, IT’S A START is an annual pitch competition for digital startups held during Digifest, the city’s leading three-day festival on digital innovation and creativity. Ten finalists were selected to participate, and they had five minutes to pitch in front of a panel of seven judges, followed by a two-minute Q&A.

The winning startup will participate in a four-day international conference and will represent Canada in the finals during the OTEC conference on August 19 in Beijing. Over twenty teams from ten countries will take part in this event, making this a great opportunity to connect international entrepreneurs with investment and growth opportunities in China.

This year’s IT’S A START first place winner is Josh Domingues, founder of Flashfood, an app that allows grocery stores and restaurants to sell high-quality surplus food at steep discounts to savvy shoppers. The second place startup selected to be part of this trip is Genecis Enviro Tech. Founded by Luna Yu, this startup is focused on recycling food scraps into value-added products such as bio-plastics, biofuels and food additives.

The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator aims to open doors for entrepreneurs and to connect them with networking opportunities both here and abroad.

The Overseas Talent Entrepreneurship Conference (OTEC) is a government-sponsored event in Beijing that aims to connect international entrepreneurs with investment and growth opportunities, and to help them launch their startups in China.

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