The Contest

Pythons’ Pit provides an avenue for creative, entrepreneurial students of Halton Region to pitch their business concepts and product ideas in front of a live audience and a panel of real business moguls from the community. The goal of Pythons’ Pit is to foster innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit in Halton Region by:

  • Providing an opportunity for high school students to further develop their business planning skills
  • Raising funds to support Rotary’s Camp Enterprise

Rules & Regulations

Applications – High School Category

  • Students attending any high school or equivalent in Halton Region at the time the application is submitted are eligible.
  • Entries can be made by individuals or teams, with a maximum of 3 team members.
  • Cash prizes will be awarded to the winning team(s).
  • Awards of in kind services will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Pythons.
  • Prizes awarded will be split equally among all members of the winning team(s).
  • Free to apply.
  • Multiple entries are allowed i.e., a person or team may submit an entry in both the High School and Open categories, but each entry must be unique.
  • The Top 10 entries will be asked to appear in front of a panel during March 2016. The Top 10 will be screened down to the Top 5.
    Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • Applications containing any misrepresentations will be disqualified.


Presentations by Qualifiers – High School Category

  • Successful candidates will pitch in Cogeco Studios on April 30th, 2016 and at the live Show on May 25th, 2016 at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
  • Qualifiers will be given 3 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions from the Pythons.
  • Each Python will be given the opportunity to extend the question period by 2 minutes, for one presentation only.
  • Presentations may be accompanied by visual aids and props. Time will not be allowed for set up. No power point or any other presentation that includes the use of a screen is allowed.
  • The evaluation of a presentation will be based on presentation skills and the business case for the concept.
  • Top 5 successful candidates will pitch at the Cogeco filming session. The Pythons will select the top 3 after the Cogeco studio session. The Top 3 will move on to pitch at Burlington Performing Arts Centre on May 25 at our live event.