Environmental Sustainability to Take Centre Stage at Disrupt It

Entrepreneurial competition returns this February

Alyson MacKay, Entrepreneurship Coordinator

Have some thoughts on how to make something in Thunder Bay greener? Here’s an opportunity to launch that idea!

Formerly known as Startup Weekend, Disrupt It is back February 2nd– 4th 2018. Along with a new year comes a brand-new theme: environmental sustainability.  This year’s theme opens opportunity to a wide range of ideas and problem-solving solutions.  Think: water quality, recycling solutions, waste stream management, and increasing local food production—the possibilities are endless, and we want to hear your ideas!

PC – Alyson MacKay

The weekend will kick off with an exciting key note speaker Friday evening and from there, it’s go time! Individuals will pitch their ideas, then cross functional teams are formed in order to develop the idea and validate a business model.  The weekend concludes with team presentations of their final pitch to a panel of judges in the competition for the grand prize and a series of other awards.

Disrupt It Weekend isn’t just for business people – it’s for anyone interested in entrepreneurship or passionate about environmental sustainability. The weekend has seen participants from ages 16-65 from all different backgrounds and experience levels.  You don’t need to come as part of a team, or even with an idea, for that matter. Most participants arrive as individuals, but leave as part of a team of some new likeminded friends. Teams form organically once the ideas have been pitched and the top ideas are voted on to move forward.  Last year’s winning team was a group of Lakehead and Confederation College students.

The organizing committee has expanded its team this year to bring on sustainability experts from EcoSuperior and Earthcare Thunder Bay who will provide insight into what is needed within the city and region.  Workshops and information will be provided prior to the competition to help with idea generation and prepare you for Disrupt It Weekend!

If you are interested in learning more about the event or signing up, visit www.disruptit.ca