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    441 – 100 Innovation Drive
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6G2• P: 204-262-6400

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    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

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    436-7th Street East, The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1M7
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Innovate, Create, Celebrate

North Forge Ramp Up Weekend 10 is a milestone for the event – the 10th time teams of developers, designers, makers and entrepreneurs have come together to build a minimum viable product (MVP) in 55 hours.

It’s all happening June 9-11 at the ACE Project Space in Winnipeg’s Innovation Alley with pitch finals taking place at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre Sunday evening. One weekend and 55 hours is scary, says organizer Chris Johnson. He is the co-founder and CEO of Permission Click, a business that emerged from a past Ramp Up Weekend. Indeed, the event has given many participants the confidence to begin their entrepreneurial journey, says Joelle Foster of Futurpreneur Canada, and one of members of Ramp Up Weekend’s organizing committee.

All ages are welcome to take part. You don’t need to have an idea for a product as you can come and be part of a team. It’s for anyone with an idea for a business, or anyone who can help with a business idea. “It’s your chance to blow up a business without spending a dime,” says Jerin Valel, who is also on the committee organizing the event.

“You might get in on the ground floor of a new business,” adds committee member Kerry Stevenson. While Ramp Up Weekends can validate business ideas – they are ultimately about learning and building relationships among the attendees.

Find out more about what the weekend includes in this story from Ramp Up organizer and North Forge Fabrication Lab volunteer, Marney Stapley.

Want to be a part of Ramp Up 10? • REGISTER+

Not able to participate, but want to see what comes out of Ramp Up Weekend? Spectators are welcome Sunday at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre. Come watch as teams pitch their best ideas before a panel of judges! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Pitches begin at 6:30 p.m. • CONFIRM YOUR SEAT+

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