One minute could equal $100,000 for your small business.

The wait is over! Congratulations to FoodFund, winner of the 2019 TELUS Pitch. Stay tuned for more surprises to come.



FoodFund faces food waste head on with a subscription-based platform connecting imperfect produce from farms to their local communities.

Additional award prizes

Most promising start up award: Farmbucks

Farmbucks is transforming the Canadian agricultural industry by providing grain farmers with an online marketplace to access the best prices for their product according to location and grade.

Multicultural business of the year: Nom Noms World Food

Nom Noms World Food is a healthy and wholesome brand that really makes the most of authentic world flavours.

Community impact award: MPL Cuts

MPL Cuts goes above and beyond to build a space that is not only gender affirming barbershop, but also a hub for the LGBTQ community.


Contest opens

Contest closes at midnight

Top 100 announced voting begins

Top 10 announced

Top 5 announced

Live Pitch event Winner is announced

Prizes and Awards

Grand Prize Winner

$100,000 cash to be awarded at the TELUS Pitch Live Summit on July 30 + $10,000 will be donated on behalf of the winner to TELUS Friendly Future Foundation.


The remaining four grand prize finalists will each receive a cash prize of $10,000.

Additional award prizes


Community impact award: $5,000 in Samsung technology + $5,000 in marketing services from Eighty-Eight + consulting hours with TELUS Ventures.


Most Promising Startup award: $5,000 in Facebook ad credits + a one year membership to Workhaus (value = $4,200) + a bootcamp session with a Facebook expert.


Multicultural business of the year award: $5,000 in marketing services from Response + one year membership to Workhaus (value = $4,200) + consulting hours with TELUS Ventures.

Your Judges

Learn from the best minds in the business.

Arlene Dickinson

CEO of Venture Communications and the General Partner of District Ventures Capital

Garrick Tiplady

Managing Director of Facebook Canada

Suzanne Trusdale

VP, TELUS Small Business Solutions

Jennifer Safruk

Vice President, Sales and Product Management, Mobile Samsung Canada

Rich Osborn

Managing Partner TELUS Ventures

Kevin Au-Yeung

Founder and President, InnoVision Holdings Corporation


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Insider advice from former winners

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Advice from 2015 $100,000 contest winner

“If you’re thinking of entering the Small Business Challenge, just go for it! You never know, it could be a game-changer for your business. I almost didn’t enter because it was coming down to the deadline and I was slammed with other work, but the process didn’t take long and it was obviously well worth it. When filling out your application, definitely make sure that you take your time with it. Make sure that it’s well thought out and that you’re making yourself stand out from the rest.”

iMerciv Inc. - Bin Liu, CEO

$100,000 TELUS Pitch winner

"Winning the $100,000 TELUS Pitch secured our footing in the European market; it helped to fully fund our expansion efforts and made us fully profitable.

Anyone looking to enter the TELUS Pitch this year, don’t be intimidated!  Carry out your pitch as you normally would, keep it straightforward and to the point, and ensure you have an answer to every question that comes after.”

Vancouver Island Salt Co.

Advice from 2014 $100,000 contest winner

“If there’s any advice I can give to other Canadian small businesses thinking of entering, it’s to have fun with it! My experience has taught me that the judges are looking for a great business to help as much as they are looking for a great person to help. Show the judges who you are."

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