Entrepreneurs, enter for a chance to win $10,000 through Microsoft’s Surface 3 ‘Your Big Idea’ Program this Sunday

Daniel Bader

June 17, 2014 3:36pm


Microsoft is hosting passersby, fans and customers at a Surface Cafe pop-up in Toronto this Friday ’til Sunday, showing off the new Surface 3 Pro and its many creative capabilities.

The Cafe takes over the space at 399 Queen St West, and those curious can stop by to play with the new 12-inch tablet or take part in one of the many workshops and events happening over the three-day period.

Over the three day period, Microsoft is hosting some notable names in fashion, photography, graphic design, music and entrepreneurship, culminating in a startup Hackathon of sorts on Sunday, June 22nd from 1pm to 4pm.

Dubbed Your Big Idea and the Surface 3, this event is not open to the public, as Microsoft is pooling from a number of talented startups, developers and entrepreneurs to win $10,000 in seed money from Microsoft, access to technology through the Microsoft BizSpark program and mentorship from Microsoft Ventures.

“A play on the ‘Hackathon’, we are inviting budding developers and entrepreneurs to sit down with an esteemed panel of judges, including legendary Canadian entrepreneur Michael Wekerle, to discuss their vision, their journeys and what up and coming startups need to be successful. After the discussion, each team will be given one hour to create a five-slide PowerPoint deck using the Surface Pro 3, outlining their business plan, and given five minutes to present their plan to the panel of judges.” 

We’re partnering with Microsoft to give away a single entry for an individual or team to pitch their business plan to a panel of five judges:

  • Michael Wekerle, CEO, Difference Capital
  • Diana Olsen, Founder Balzac’s Coffee
  • Dustin Sproat, founder of Shnarped
  • Aron Solomon Senior, Advisor in Education Technology, MaRS
  • Jane Zhang, Executive Director, TechSoup Canada, a program from Centre for Social Innovation

To win, send an email to daniel@mobilesyrup.com with the name and one-line pitch of your startup, idea or product and we’ll select one at random by the end of the day on Thursday, June 19th!

  • jonnny

    is mobile syrup or microsoft providing flight to Toronto to do the presentation, or is this only open to people who live close to Toronto? Dropping a couple thousand on a last minute flight and hotel just to present your idea is not good business sense when the prize is only $10k. Chances are pretty good they will choose one of the ideas they pre-selected themselves.

    • Daniel Bader

      Hi Jonnny, I wish we could help you get closer to Toronto for the pitch, but it appears that this is only open to those in the city. Sorry!

  • Farbod Mansorian

    Hi, we sent the email last night and would like to know when and how the selected idea is announced? thanks