At TiE Toronto, we believe in more than just businesses; we believe in creating legacies. Over the past 18 years, TiEQuest has helped hundreds of startups find investors, markets, and experts. In its 19th year TiEQuest goes one step beyond - helping founders achieve product-market fit (PMF) faster. Entrepreneurs that show the best progress during the program win the competition and take home cash prizes, investments, and a network of well-wishers to rely upon.
Meant for entrepreneurs working in medical devices, healthcare, or pharma domains. Businesses could be B2B or consumer-focused. However, SaaS, technology, or consumer products targeted towards the healthcare industry, if they don’t have regulatory barriers would be considered general stream
Businesses working in any areas other than those covered in Med-tech, think B2B SaaS, Consumer SaaS, Fintech, D2C, climate, or any other domains would be considered in the general stream.
Standard content designed specifically for early-stage startups delivered via webinars - to all the applicants
Elevator Pitch Round:
Based on the quality of the application submitted, the top 50 businesses move to the elevator pitch round. In this round, they get access to one-on-one mentoring, fine-tune their positioning, and validate problem-solution fit. Post mentoring, every entrepreneur gets to pitch to a panel of judges.
Business Plan round:
Those who advance to this round, get personalized coaching and further mentoring on highlighted areas of their business which could help them move towards PMF faster. After this, they get to pitch to the next set of judges. The businesses that make the cut, move to the finals. There will be 3 finalists chosen from each stream.
The final Gala is where 3 finalists from each stream get to pitch on stage to a panel of judges and audience. Winners take home cash prizes, in-kind perks, and the opportunity to secure angel investment from TiE Toronto Angels.
The TiEQuest pitch competition was an excellent experience for ManagingLife, where we got the opportunity to present alongside some fantastic companies in the medtech space. The judges were thoughtful in their feedback and the event was well organized in a beautiful space. After winning the competition in 2023, we made new connections to partners, customers, and investors. Looking forward to seeing the 2024 cohort!
Founder & CEO, ManagingLife
TiEQuest 2023 Winner
As the 2022 TiEQuest winner, we highly recommend the TiEQuest business competition to all local startups. Not only did our team benefit from the mentoring, but the networking sessions helped us unlock new clients. Not to mention the great cash prize which is a help for any startup in growth mode.
Co-Founder, STAN A.I.
TiEQuest 2022 Winner
TiE has been an incredible supporter of ours in our entrepreneurial journey. Their pitch competition TiEQuest provided us with access to a network of strategic mentors who have advised us on our fundraising strategy, go-to-market efforts, and retail plans. They continue to amplify our work and the funds from the competition have gone to growing our online community, investing in new products, and growing our team. We highly recommend applying this year!
Co-Founder and CEO, Marlow
Presenter at TiEQuest 2022
As the winner of TiEQuest 2020, LSK has received global recognition, further assistance in fundraising and a great opportunity to connect with various TiEQuest Chapter start-ups and mentors.
CEO, LSK Technologies
TiEQuest 2020 Winner