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4th Annual UNBeatable Ideas Contest

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Entrepreneurship starts with an idea - and we would love to hear yours! We also want to help you take those ideas to the next level! All you have to do is send us a 1 minute video of you presenting (pitching) your idea.


A total of up to four (4) cash prizes are up for grabs:

1st place prize: $1,000

2nd place prize: $750

3rd place prize: $500

Viewers' Choice Award: $500 

Important Dates:

Application Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017 by 11:59 PM (AST)

Voting Period: Nov. 13, 2017 10:00 AM ~ Nov. 17, 2017 by 11:59 PM (AST)

Winner Announcement: Nov. 20,  2017

How to enter:

1 Upload a one minute video of you pitching your idea on Youtube (set the video to "unlisted" if you wish to not be considered for the "Viewers' Choice" Award

2 Fill out submit an application form before 11:59PM (AST) Nov. 10, and be sure to include a link to your video! 

3 All eligible entries for the Viewers' Choice Award will be posted on TME's Facebook Page for public voting on Nov. 13, at 10:00 AM

4 Voting will be open until end-of-day (11:59 PM (AST)) on Nov. 17

5 Prizes will be determined by a panel of judges from various fields; the idea with the most ‘Likes’ on the original video posted on TME's Facebook Page will be awarded the "Viewers' Choice"

6 Winners will be announced on Nov. 20.


The UNBeatable Ideas Contest is open to all full-time University of New Brunswick students (undergraduate and graduate, Fredericton and Saint John). You may enter as an individual participant or as part of a student team. A student may only participate in one entry, that is, either as an individual or a member of a team.  The UNBeatable Ideas Contest welcomes ideas of any kind, including:

1 Products or Services:  New products, services, or innovations that meet a need in the marketplace, or improvements on existing products or services.

2 Social or Environmental Problems:  Ideas that will improve or eliminate a societal problem, including solutions to environmental concerns

3 Engagement in the Arts:  Creative ways to engage more people in the arts, increasing appreciation for the arts and their importance in society, making art more accessible, or ideas for commercializing art.

4 Commercializing UNB Research:  Creative commercial applications of research performed by faculty and/or students.

5 Improvements to the Campus or Campus Life:  Innovative ideas that would enrich the student experience or that will save UNB money.

Ideas must be new and innovative, you cannot have received funding in excess of $500 for this idea in the past or have business operations extending for more than three months prior to November 1st, 2016. The organizers of the contest (TME) reserve the right to pre-screen entries for eligibility and appropriateness. Team entries must consist of at least 50% UNB students.

Judging Process

Judging will be performed by a panel of judges (seasoned business professionals and academics). The scoring will be based on the following criteria: definition of the problem and opportunity; solution to the problem/opportunity; impact of the solution; feasibility; and presentation style


There are lots of resources online to help you prepare a 1 minute pitch, often referred to as an "elevator pitch" in the start-up community. 

Here are just a few helpful links that might spark some inspiration:

Craft a short and precise elevator pitch

How to write an effective elevator pitch

Another article help you break down an elevator pitch


Application Form

Please fill out the application form at:

Past Winners:

2016 UNBeatable Ideas Winners:

1st Place


2nd Place

Project Qi                                                                                                                                   

3rd Place


Viewer's Choice

Project Qi

2015 UNBeatable Ideas Winners:

1st Place


2nd Place

The Limbic Control System                                                                                                                                   

3rd Place

Saros Sports Training

Viewers' Choice

Saros Sports Training

2014 UNBeatable Ideas Winners:

1st Place


2nd Place


3rd Place

Countertop Pancake Maker

Viewers' Choice