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Accelerating Start-ups by Design

Calling all up-and-coming Canadian companies using or enabled by synthetic biology/engineering biology technologies! Check out our National Pitch Competition, Accelerating Start-ups by Design! 


Apply for a chance to pitch to Canada SynBio 2024 investor panel judges as well as in-person  attendees!

Accelerating Startups by Design is Ontario Genomics' annual synthetic biology pitch competition wherein start-ups utilizing synthetic biology get the opportunity to pitch their companies in front of a panel of all-stat investors. The winning pitch will take home a prize package valued at $18,000



Check out the 2023 winners of the National Pitch Competition, Accelerating Start-ups by Design


  • Startups must be based in Canada

  • Incorporated on or after January 1, 2020 (pre-incorporation companies are eligible but must incorporate if they’re successful and before receiving any funds) 

  • Raised less than $500,000 in funding 

  • Products or services being developed must be a synthetic biology/engineering biology technology or enabled by these technologies in any relevant sector (eg. Bioproducts, health, food, agriculture, natural resources, etc.)

  • Companies must have an IP strategy 

  • Companies must demonstrate access to lab resources, as required

Canada’s population is highly diverse, and effective and authentic diversity and inclusion strategies are essential for Canadian organizations to thrive and achieve their goals. We encourage applications from diverse teams and all equity-deserving groups.

Prize & Terms

  • Companies will compete for a grand a prize package valued at $18,000

  • The funding is offered as a grant, without any ownership stake in the company or any intellectual property being taken by Ontario Genomics or its partners

  • Periodic reporting on the impact of the funding received will be required

  • Detailed terms will be provided in the funding agreement

Process Description

Hold these dates!

August 23, 2024 at 9:00am EDT

Submission of 4-page written application form

September 19/20, 2024


October 9, 2024 

Conference Pitch Competition


Contact Michael Dorrington, Manager, Strategic Partnerships, for more information.

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