Program name: THero Competition

Program funding amounts and details:  

The THero Competition is an International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition from 8 different countries including technology hubs in Silicon Valley, Paris and Toronto.  There will be a series of pitch events at the IBM Innovation Space – Markham Convergence Centre to determine winners that will represent Canada in the Competition in Guangzhou, China. The three selected Canadian winners will be competing with other global winners from different cities in the city of Guangzhou, China. Travel expenses, including international airfare, local transportation, hotel accommodation and meals will be sponsored by the Canada China Club.

This experience will not only allow companies to gain insight on doing business in China, but extend their global reach and potentially lead to international investment. There are a series of prizes both cash and services and participating companies will have a valuable opportunity to establish unique international partnerships.

Cash prize breakdown:

National Divisions

  • Growth (top 3)
    • 300,000 yuan/company
  • Growth Winners (2)
    • 120,000 yuan/company
  • Startup (top 3)
    • 200,000 yuan/company
  • Startup Winners (2)
    • 80,000 yuan/company

Hong Kong and Macao, and Taiwan

  • Settlement prize – 100,000 yuan/company
  • Rent Subsidies – up to 100,000 yuan/company

Overseas Divisions

  • Settlement prize – 100,000 yuan/company
  • Rent subsidies – up to 100,000 yuan/company

Full details.

Critical dates:

  • Pitch event Sept. 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the IBM Innovation Space – Markham Convergence Centre

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Anyone can attend the event
  • To be considered to pitch:
    • Prove market validation and fit for the Chinese market and/or
    • Have the potential to benefit from tapping into Chinese industries
    • Further details
  • Stream 1: Startup
  • Stream 2: Growth 

Apply here:

Questions? Want to pitch? Get in touch with Angelo Del Duca, Director THero Competition Canada at (647)-287-2477 or via email at [email protected] or [email protected] to find out more.