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The Contest

Pythons’ Pit provides an avenue for creative, entrepreneurial residents and 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. Open Category applicants can win up to $20,000 cash in start-up capital and a package of in-kind professional services to help launch the business. The goal of Pythons’ Pit is to foster innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit in Halton Region by:

  • Offering an opportunity for Halton entrepreneurs to secure investment capital and business advice from business professionals
  • Providing an opportunity for high school students to further develop their business planning skills
  • Raising funds to support Rotary’s Camp Enterprise

There are two categories of entries:

  • High school students
  • Open to all (including post-secondary students)

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 2015. 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 first week of April and at the live Show on May 4th, 2015 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.

Applications – Open Category

  • Persons who are permanent residents of Halton Region at the time the application is submitted are eligible. Where the entrants are students, the permanent residency requirement is waived but the entrant must be attending any high school or post secondary institution or equivalent in Halton Region.
  • Students attending McMaster University, Mohawk College or Sheridan College (any campus) or any other post-secondary institution in Halton Region at the time the application is submitted are eligible and the permanent residency requirement is waived.
  • Entries can be made by individuals or teams with a maximum of 3 team members.
  • Awards of in kind services will be awarded at the sole discretion of the Pythons.
  • Entrants are demonstrating why they should win the $20,000, what they would do with the money, and why a Python should take interest in their business and partner with them.
  • Proposed businesses must have a direct impact in the Halton Region.
  • Free to apply.
  • Multiple entries are allowed i.e., a person or team may submit multiple entries, but each entry must be unique.
    Submissions will be accepted for a new venture, start-up or from an existing entity with cumulative gross sales of less than $250,000 per year in 2013 and 2014.
  • The top 10 entries will be asked to appear in front of a screening panel the week of March 2014 (subject to change). The top 5 entries will participate in the Pythons’ Pit.
  • Successful candidates will pitch in Cogeco Studios first week of April and at the live Show on May 4th, 2015 at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
  • Applications may be submitted beginning in October 2014 and applications will close by January 7, 2015. Apply Now!
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • Applications containing any misrepresentations will be disqualified.

Presentations – Open Category

  • Each presenter will have 3 minutes to present followed by a Q and A of up to 15 minutes.
  • Presentations may be accompanied by visual aids and props. No powerpoint or any other forms of presentation that include the use of a screen are allowed. Time will not be allowed for set up.

Investments will be made at the sole discretion of the Pythons

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