The Contest

Applications for 2020 are now closed

Pythons’ Pit provides an avenue for creative, entrepreneurial students of Halton, Hamilton and Peel Regions 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, Hamilton and Peel Regions by:

Providing an opportunity for high school students to further develop their business planning skills. Student will learn how to make a 3 minute pitch, and will be given access to a network of key community influencers.

Rules & Regulations

Applications – High School Category

  • Students attending any high school or equivalent in Halton, Hamilton and Peel Regions 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 Sponsors.

  • Prizes awarded will be split equally among all members of the winning team(s).

  • Free to apply.

  • The Top 15 entries will be invited to attend the pitch preparation webinar on February 18th, 2020, 5:30-9 30pm
    Regsiter here:

  • The Top 15 will be screened to the Top 10 by the end of March 2020

  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

  • Applications containing any misrepresentations will be disqualified.

Presentations by Qualifiers – High School Category

  • Successful candidates will pitch in Studio ( Tech Place )  on April 25, 2020  form 8 am – 5pm and at the live Show on May 27, 2020 at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre from 10:30am – 2:30pm . These sessions are MANDATORY for all Top 10 finalists

  • Qualifiers will be given 3 minutes to present and 10 minutes for questions from the Pythons.

  • Presentations are oral and may be accompanied by visual aids and props. No power points.

  • The evaluation of a presentation will be based on presentation skills and the business case for the concept.

  • Top 10 successful candidates will pitch at the studio filming session. The Pythons will select the top 3 after the in studio session. The Top 3 will move on to pitch at Burlington Performing Arts Centre on May 27, 2020 at the live event. All Top 10 MUST attend the Live show on TBD.

Applications will be submitted by video only.

How to Enter

  1. Entries will be submitted by video only
  2. Please upload your video to dropbox and send the dropbox link to with your name and email in the message, or use Facebook messenger to send the video to the Pythons’ Pit Facebook account.
  3. Entries cannot be longer than 90 seconds


Your video must answer the following questions:

  • The name of your business idea
  • How you came up with it
  • What problem does it solve
  • Why are you entering Pythons Pit
  • If you have any questions please contact us at: