loader image
SEE ALL

Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas a Beaming Success

This year’s Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas was an exciting event that had almost 50 competitors take an idea and transform it into a business in 55 hours.

Nine teams made up of diverse age groups, anywhere from high school, university and college students, as well as adults from various backgrounds, put their minds together to come out with some brilliant businesses that will be moving forward beyond the weekend.

The full weekend took place in The Commons at Maples Met School where teams set up shop for the weekend to drill down their ideas. The new location provided a perfect venue for teams to present their final pitches to the panel of judges during the Sunday Pitch Finale in front of an audience of 125 spectators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The teams worked tirelessly to perfect their business plans and presentations ahead of the Sunday Pitch Finale which featured judges Eric Bjornson, Lori Wheeler and Jeff Ryzner. The Sunday Pitch Finale was hosted by improv comedy duo Stephen Sim & Caity Curtis bringing humour to the event and helping keep the evening on track with time.

The winning business ideas from Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas include a variety of services to help teams move forward with their ideas past the weekend.

1st Place Winner ($6500 prize): Cellar2Sellar, allows you to photograph items in your home that you’re looking to sell and makes a Kijiji/sale page to help you get rid of your junk. They use artificial intelligence to determine what the item is and how to price it appropriately.

Clean Tech Winner ($6500 prize): Hot Bunz, will let you heat your car seats before getting in without having to start your car and pollute the air, all controlled through your mobile phone.

2nd Place Winner ($2500 prize): Task Share is an app that lets you list the tasks you don’t want to do and allows others to bid on a cost they would do it for.

Fan Favourite Winner ($500 prize): STEAM Kidz is a STEM-based learning storefront/activity centre. Combining hands-on, practical learning experiences in a safe, monitored and guided environment designed to stimulate interest in the fields of science and technology.

The teams worked tirelessly to perfect their business plans and presentations ahead of the Sunday Pitch Finale which featured judges Eric Bjornson, Lori Wheeler and Jeff Ryzner. The Finale was hosted by improv comedy duo Stephen Sim & Caity Curtis bringing humour to the event and helping keep the evening on track with time.

1st Place Winners: Cellar2Sellar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clean Tech Winners: Hot Bunz 

Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas was a success due to a community effort from our sponsors, the planning committee, mentors and volunteers who devoted their time during the weekend to assist teams as they work out their plans. A huge thanks to the community for supporting Ramp Up Weekend: Fresh Ideas.

Share

Supporters

RRC Polytech

RRC Polytech

Share
LEARN MORE
New Media Manitoba

New Media Manitoba

Share
LEARN MORE
Women's Equity Lab Manitoba

Women's Equity Lab

Share
LEARN MORE
Tech Manitoba

Tech Manitoba

Share
LEARN MORE
Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

WEKH - Women’s Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

Share
LEARN MORE
NACO - National Angel Capital Organizations

NACO - National Angel Capital Organization

Share
LEARN MORE
University College of the North

UCN - University College of the North

Share
LEARN MORE
Chartered Professional Accountants Manitoba

CPA Manitoba

Share
LEARN MORE
Hockeystick

Hockeystick

Share
LEARN MORE
Lighthouse Labs

Lighthouse Labs

Share
LEARN MORE
Research Manitoba

Research Manitoba

Share
LEARN MORE

SevenOaks School Division

Share
LEARN MORE

Maples Met School

Share
LEARN MORE
Pinawa logo

LGD Pinawa

Share
LEARN MORE
North-Forge-Logo

North Forge Technology Exchange

Share
LEARN MORE

SEED - Altona

Share
LEARN MORE

Portage Regional Economic Development

Share
LEARN MORE

Morden & District Chamber of Commerce

Share
LEARN MORE

Morden Community Development Corp

Share
LEARN MORE

Community Futures Heartland

Share
LEARN MORE

Access Credit Union

Share
LEARN MORE
North-Forge-Logo

North Forge East

Share
LEARN MORE

Community Futures Winnipeg Rivers

Share
LEARN MORE

Barkman Concrete Ltd.

Share
LEARN MORE

Pinawa Community Development Corporation

Share
LEARN MORE

Government of Canada

Share
LEARN MORE

City of Winnipeg

Share
LEARN MORE

University of Manitoba

Share
LEARN MORE

Manitoba Government

Share
LEARN MORE