Pitch Competition – GameON Ventures

GameON: Ventures 2016

October 20th & 21st, 2016 / MaRS Discovery District / Toronto


Pitch Competition

New this year at GameON: Ventures is our Pitch Competition.

20 companies will take part in an intensive pitching workshop on Day 1 of the conference. After pitching privately to an initial jury of investors and publishers, four finalists will be chosen to pitch in front of all conference delegates and a second jury on Day 2. 

  • International competition
  • Hands-on mentorship and pitch training
  • A chance to meet with potential investors
  • $10,000 cash prize for the winning pitch

Pitch Participants

// Voodoo Noir
// WINR Games Inc.
// GamerLink
// 7 Pin Pool
// First Impact: Rise of a Hero by Red Meat Games
// Sunday Pistols
// *no campfire required
// Lightning Rod Games
// Stereo Aereo
// MeyouGames
// Nirvaniq Labs
// Michecker Gamified App for Developmental Disabilities
// Peardrum
// Falling Squirrel Games
// Mashup Machine
// Izureel Concepts
// One More Story Games
// Quicksand GamesLab
// World Void
// Madlipz

Pitch Trainers


Jennifer McIlroy
Director, ACCEL

Jennifer McIlroy has over twenty years experience working as a marketing, communications and business professional. ‎She began her career in Ottawa working for the City Hall and behalf of the Ministry of Finance and went on to work for global advertising agencies and private companies in senior leadership roles.

As an entrepreneur with her own marketing consortium, she helps clients in the financial and public sector industries optimize marketing teams and create operational relevance for communications departments. Clients include Scotiabank International, CFIB, Stott Pilates, CPAB, FMC LLB, and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. She’s also frequently called upon to help agency teams, executives and entrepreneurs hone their pitch skills in circumstances ranging from landing global accounts to influencing local public policy.

She currently teaches business, project management, professional writing, entrepreneurship, presentation, and professional practice courses in several post-graduate schools at Centennial College. Since starting a Summer camp in Ottawa for kids, Jennifer has dedicated her volunteer life to empowering youth, most recently as a principle of Volunteers in Motion (VIM), a training program for civic action mobilizers and trailblazers.
Petra Kassun-Mutch – Eve-volution

Pitch Host


Liz West
Whether tackling front-page issues or getting the celebrity scoop on the red carpet, Liz West has been informing and entertaining television viewers for many years. Her resume includes CityPulse, BT, Star!, CP24, Canada AM, Rags to Red Carpet and eNow. Most recently Liz could be seen asking the tough questions and sharing her opinion asco-host of the daily current affairs show Square Off.

Today she can be heard world-wide as producer and co-host of the infotainment podcast “No Fun Intended” with Mark Hebscher.

Liz is also a former instructor at Centennial College, The Centre for Creative Communications, and received the Alumni of Distinction Award in 2011. She is a published author on bettering personal communication, a guest host on Newstalk 1010, and offers on-camera, public speaking and media training.


Pitch Competition Jurors

GOVStuart Browne

Stuart Brown
Founder / Managing Partner of Pycap Corporation and CEO of Pycap Venture Partners

Stuart Browne, MBA, is the CEO of Pycap Corporation, which supplies a global network of institutions access to Canadian Private Equity & Debt, Venture Capital and Real Estate partnership opportunities. An active member of the startup and venture capital community, Brown is also an expert Reviewer on four Ontario Government Funded Investment Portfolios and an Advisory Board Member of the City of Toronto’s Startup Here Initiative, Startup Toronto, Canada Mongolia Chamber of Commerce, and LatAm Startups.

Stuart is also a roundtable advisor on VC Industry policy for the Federal Economic Development Agency and Immigration Canada, and has participated in the investment of $2M over 16 Information Technology corporations within numerous industries such as finance, medical, communication, and education. He is the founder and CEO of Sector 75, a Tech Startup Incubator, which counts among its successes over $200K raised, a Peter Thiel Fellowship Award, Media coverage at TED Talks, Globe & Mail and Business News Network (BNN), and winners of the MaRS Upstart and Life Sciences Competition. Previously an Advisor for a national angel investor association, a finance and marketing manager for a publicly traded company, and a corporate advisor for an international investment media company, Stuart’s experience spans all facets of the industry.

// @stuartrbrowne

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Gerard Buckley
Managing Director, Jaguar Capital

Gerard has been working in the financial industry for over 32 years, helping companies strategically plan for accelerated levels of growth at Scotia Capital, Maple Leaf Angels and Jaguar Capital where he is now Managing Director. Gerard, a Certified Management Consultant, leads a management consulting practice with mandates focused on growth in entrepreneurial companies, and is an expert in structuring companies to access financing by employing governance, financial management and funding strategies.

As an experienced investor and a member of Angel Investment Networks, he understands the process of investment in growth private companies and advises CEOs on how to prepare for it. Gerard is former Chairperson of Maple Leaf Angels Corporation where he successfully set strategic direction and grew the organization over four years, and in 2015 was named Angel Investor of the Year. He served as a member on the Small and Medium Enterprise Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission and has served on the board of an Exempt Market Dealer and a TSX.V Public Company. Gerard is currently Lead Director and founder of The General Partner of MLA48LP an angel invested fund. He has a passion for helping young entrepreneurs prepare their companies for scale.

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Lisa Coulman
Partner, Assurance, PwC
With more than 25 years of diverse work experience, Lisa has extensive knowledge of issues that companies (small start up to large public) face throughout their lifecycle. She has extensive experience with business issues related to earning revenue, creating value from assets, reporting requirements for costs associated with those assets and obtaining financing. Lisa has worked with many companies including broadcasters, producers, technology, life sciences, retailers, magazine and book publishers, and founders of media companies.

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Baye Galligan
Associate Director, Maple Leaf Angels

Baye Galligan is the Associate Director of Maple Leaf Angels where she is responsible for developing the MLA brand and assisting the Managing Director in the growth of MLA as a value added partner for both investors and entrepreneurs. Baye brings a wide array of knowledge and experience to the table through her affiliations with multiple research teams in the areas of pharmaceutical, biotech, materials, fine chemical and energy industries. She has published in a leading academic journal, is an avid traveler, and enjoys the arts and outdoors. Baye has an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a Master of Arts from Harvard University.



Ryan Holowaty
VP, Marketing and Business Development, Noodlecake

Like everyone at Noodlecake, Ryan wears many hats to work each day.  He primarily deals with the marketing and business side of the company but also has had a hand in game direction and design. Ryan has worked on many projects for both the first party game development of Noodlecake, as well with developers from all over the world while heading up the publishing side of the company. He loves helping indie devs with their game launches and recently got to share in the success of their first Apple Design Award.

He is a prime example of someone who translated his love of playing a lot of games into being able to make them, even if he hasn’t written a line of code in his life.

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Shannon McLuhan
Senior Account Manager, Export Development Canada

Shannon McLuhan has been working for the Ontario Business Development Team at Export Development Canada (EDC) as an Account Manager since 2011. She advises and collaborates with Presidents, CFOs and Controllers of small and medium sized companies on financial products to assist in their market expansions globally. In addition, she advises on current worldwide market intelligence. Shannon has her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Laurentian University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Business Management from Georgian College and holds a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation from the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT).

Shannon supports Canadian companies doing business abroad with annual revenues up to $25 Million. Her territory focus is in the downtown Toronto core, which includes business and sector specialties for Digital Media, Technology and Service firms. Shannon often speaks at various events in the GTA area and is continuously engaging with her business partners (ie. banks, accountants, law firms and government) to further support Canadian companies in their efforts to grow their international business footprint.

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Mike Shaver
Partner, Real Ventures

Mike is a General Partner with Real Ventures, Canada’s most active seed-stage venture firm. Previously, he was Director of Mobile Engineering at Facebook, and VP Engineering at Mozilla. In the late 1990s, he co-founded Mozilla, and today he builds computers and IKEA furniture with his daughter.


GOVPeter-Paul VanHoeken

Peter-Paul van Hoeken
CEO, FrontFundr

Peter-Paul is Founder and CEO of FrontFundr, a FinTech company focused on supporting start-ups and young ventures in Canada with access to capital through innovative online investment-based funding solutions.

Peter-Paul has over 15 years of experience in finance, investment management and business consultancy. He worked in Vancouver as director business development with a finance & investment company in the renewable energy space and as finance director of a real estate investment fund. Prior to that Peter-Paul held a number of positions with several global banks in the areas of corporate strategy, corporate & investment banking and he worked as a senior management consultant in The Netherlands. Peter-Paul is a director of the National Board of the Private Capital Markets Association, PCMA (Canada).

Peter-Paul holds a masters’ degree in Business Economics & Finance from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

// @petervanhoeken

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GOV 2016 William Volk

William Volk
CCO, Playscreen & CMO, Tricerat

William Volk’s career spans 30+ years, starting with “Conflict 2500” (Avalon Hill) in 1980.  Notable works include “The Pyramid of Peril” (Aegis), “The Return to Zork” (Activision), “Word Carnivale” (PlayScreen) and “Stick Figure Movie Trivia” (PlayScreen).  Volk served as VP of Technology at Activision. William has worked in mobile gaming since 2000.

Pitching Workshop format:

  • Participants will be broken into two groups of ten participants each, with each group being a mix of Canadian and international companies
  • Opening talk from pitch trainer on do’s and don’ts
  • Each participant does 3 min pitch in front of the rest of their group and gets feedback from trainer
  • Lunch break
  • Each participant does 3 min pitch in front of Jury A, with 2 minutes for Q & A
  • Four (2 International and 2 Canadian) Finalists proceeding to Day 2 full conference pitch will be announced at the end of Day 1 of the conference

Conference Pitch format:

  • Jury B kicks off pitches with discussion of the market and funding challenges
  • 3 minute Pitches by Finalists followed by Q & A
  • Jury B deliberates after pitches and announces winner at end of Day 2 of the conference

Pitch Competition Partners

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