The BMO Launch Me Competition was created to support students and recent grads with seed funding to get their venture ideas off the ground. Complete the BMO Launch Me Program and submit your work for a chance to win funds. The first round of the competition is a business plan submission. Chosen finalists will move on to the finals with a five minute pitch to a panel of judges.
In total, students and alumni have the opportunity to win a portion of $135,000 in funding for their startups! The funds will be distributed in three categories:
- BMO Women Innovators Competition: For women-identifying entrepreneurs
- BMO Groundbreaker Competition: For all current students
- BMO New Graduate Startup Competition: For Humber graduates (within ~2 years graduation)
Ready to apply for the BMO Launch Me Competition?
Step one: Apply!
Submit a two minute video to the CfE’s email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Videos do not have to be professionally taken! Using a mobile device or platform like Zoom will work!
Your video should explain:
- A little about you
- What is your business, venture or idea?
- Why are you interested in participating in the BMO Launch Me program and competition?
Videos of interest are due on Tuesday, Oct. 12 by 11:59 p.m
Please keep in mind that some video files may be too big to send via email. A good way to ensure that your video is seen is to upload it to YouTube and forward us the link to watch. If you’re doing this, please ensure that the YouTube link you provide is not set to private, otherwise we will not be able to review it. If you have any trouble at all, contact email@example.com for support (please note, we will not respond on Sunday night!)
Step two: Attend the Program
Students and alumni who submit their interest will be accepted into the program. The first workshop will begin on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Please check the full workshop schedule!
Step three: Submit your Business Plan
Successful students and alumni who successfully complete all five workshops will have the opportunity to apply for the BMO Launch Me competition by submitting and filling out an application and business plan template. This application is due on Monday, Jan. 24 by noon. Selected students and alumni will be invited to pitch in the BMO Launch Me pitch competition!
Step four: Pitch Your Business
Leading up to the competition, contestants will be encouraged to attend a couple pitching workshops which will set contestants up for the pitch competition in front of a panel of judges and experts. Fifteen contestants with the overall strongest business plan and pitch will have the opportunity to win a portion of funding for their startups.
*Please note, you must attend all workshops to be eligible to compete. If you cannot make a session, let us know in advance. Each session will be recorded and you can request access to the recording in lieu of attendance.
The CfE is industry agnostic, and ideas from all faculties are encouraged.
The CfE’s dedication to promoting diversity in our teams includes a commitment to welcoming folks of all gender identities, sexual orientations, races and ages, and actively creating space for marginalized change-makers and under-represented disciplines. All creators, entrepreneurial thinkers, and leaders are encouraged to apply.
Humber College’s Code of Conduct outlines individual and community expectations regarding student actions and behaviour. All ideas, submissions and presentations should demonstrate respect for others and promote well-being and safety in alignment with Humber policies.
Launch Me Competition 2020-2021 Winners
Glowvine | Awarded $10,000 | Faculty of Media & Creative Arts
Glowvine’s mission is to offer an innovative twist on the traditional candle that allows people to express their personal style while also practicing sustainability. This is done by creating vessels that are already equipped with a drainage hole (plugged until removed) and saucer, so when the user is finished burning the candle, it is ready to be turned into a planter for their favourite houseplant. In addition, the customer has the option of purchasing candle refills that they can place in their vessels if they wish to continue using the vessel as a candle.
Kaylo Digital | Awarded $5,000 | Faculty of Media & Creative Arts
Kaylo Digital is a web and development design studio. We specialize in website redesigns for service-based businesses.
Swiss Army Musician | Awarded $5,000 | Faculty of Media & Creative Arts
Swiss Army Musician is an online platform that offers a complete, comprehensive education for musicians who want to learn the craft of songwriting. This business’s long-term goal is to provide a subscription-based model that includes access to video courses, song feedback, live Q&A sessions with professionals, networking opportunities, and discounts at partner businesses, all for only $360 USD per year. The business’s competitive advantage is that it will offer a non-genre-specific approach and will be one of the most in-depth courses on the topic of songwriting available.
Alice Wang, Isabel Bowman, Nikki Chawla, Maya L.
Indy Design | Awarded $5,000 | Faculty of Media & Creative Arts
Indy Design will provide digital design and marketing services to businesses, focusing on immigrant and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) owned e-commerce businesses trying to expand their presence online.