CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS -- FACIT Falcons' Fortunes 2016 pitch competition for $50,000 in Catalyst Funding!

Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016



See below for important information and deadlines. 

Do you have an exciting oncology research idea that needs just a little extra fuel to drive a lot more value? 
Could $50,000 in funding help accelerate or demonstrate the value of your research to potential partners? 

If your answer is yes, then we have a fun, exciting and real opportunity for you! 

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016 , Falcons’ Fortunes invites you to pitch your idea to a panel of sharp-eyed yet friendly investors. Hosted by the commercially savvy FACIT Falcons, this event is offering $50,000 in Catalyst Funding to invest in the most promising oncology research idea. Any new innovative idea in the oncology space developed in Ontario is a candidate pitch! 

1. Email us ( Nicole Baryla and Connie Chen ) by Friday, April 1 st , 2016 if you are interested in participating 

2. What is this event? Falcons’ Fortunes is a pitch competition (friendly version of Dragons’ Den ) 

    * When: Wednesday, June 1 st , 2016, 3:00-5:30 pm with a reception from 5:30-7:30 pm 
    * Where: St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, Toronto 
    * Organizers: the FACIT Falcons (i.e. the FACIT team) 

3. What’s at stake? $50,000 to the best pitch 

4. What’s a pitch? 10 minute presentations that tell convincing stories on the value of a novel big or small idea and describe how $50,000 would impact and further advance the idea 

    * We are looking for you to demonstrate the value of your research idea (e.g. accelerate to point of demonstrating POC, potential, patient benefit and/or economic impacts such as job creation or capital gain) and show how the investment will move you closer to achieving the big picture goal 
    * Eligible research ideas – any new innovative idea in the oncology space and developed in Ontario 

5. Who can participate? Any entrepreneurial researcher in Ontario working in the oncology space ! 

6. Why are we doing this? In the spirit of enhancing the culture of innovation, embracing entrepreneurship, and cultivating the next generation of risk takers and idea generators! 

7. For more details (including how to participate and the associated requirements) see the attached PDF or click here to visit the event website 

Remember, email us by April 1 if you’re interested in participating (why wouldn’t you be – it’s $50,000)! 

Please note there are a few more important dates to keep in mind, which can be found in the PDF or on the event website. 

New this year : The $50,000 prize has been named the “Ernsting Entrepreneurship Award” in honour of Dr. Mark Ernsting, Senior Biomedical Engineer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research whose life was tragically and senselessly cut short in December 2015. Mark exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit that FACIT strives to build and support within Ontario. 

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