Ramp Up Weekend : Campus Edition

February 8-10th, 2019

What: Ramp Up Weekend pulls together developers, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs to build a minimum viable product (MVP) in 55 hours. Teams will then pitch to a panel of judges for the chance at a hefty purse.

Where: 181 Freedman Crescent

When: Febuary 8th (6:30pm – 9:00pm), Febuary 9th (8:00am – 9:00pm) & Febuary 10th (8:00am – 6:30pm)

Why: Ramp Up Weekend is a great opportunity to network, learn how to develop a business from scratch, and potentially win some cash.


$2000 in cash prizes!

First Place – $1250

Second Place – $500

Third Place – $250


Friday – snacks & drinks

Saturday – pancakes, Harvey’s & pizza

Sunday – pancakes & Subway


– CEO Manitoba

– Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship

– North Forge

– World Trade Centre Winnipeg

– EO Winnipeg

– Payworks

– Tech Transfer Office

– Leo Prestte

– Good Earth Coffee

– Virtuistix Inc.

Signup today to build your vision!

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Ramp Up Weekend: Campus Edition Information


Friday Feb. 8
6:30 pm – Event Begins, Opening Remarks and Presentation
6:40 pm – Ice Breaker Activity
7:00 pm – Individual 60 sec pitches begin
7:30 pm – Teams are formed
7:40 pm to 10:00pm – Teams work

Saturday Feb. 9
8:30 am – Breakfast is served (Pancakes)
11:00 am – Mentors begin arriving
12:30 pm – Lunch is served (Harveys)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Mentors meet with teams & World Trade Centre Winnipeg arrives (Market Research)
6:00 pm – Dinner is served (Pizza)
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm – Teams work

Sunday Feb. 10
8:30 am – Breakfast is served (Pancakes)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Teams work
12:30 pm – Lunch is served (Subway)
1:00 pm – Pitch scrubs begin
3:00 pm – Pitch decks must be submitted
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – Final Pitches
6:30 pm – Awards ceremony and Closing Remarks


Judge #1: Debra Jonasson-Young

Judge #2: JP Perron


Mentor #1: Christos Vasilarakis – Finance Manager at Bold Commerce

Mentor #2: Alison Lea – Executive Director, North Forge Technology Exchange (South)

Mentor #3: Jonathan Sparrow – CEO at Go Oil

Mentor #4: Satwant Gill, CPA, CA – Controller at Central Point Procurement Inc

Mentor #5: Andriy Rudnyk – Former CEO Manitoba President

Mentor #6: Chris Schmidt – CEO at EveryStudio


To contact CEO Manitoba council, call one of the representatives below:

  • Nick Shymanski: 204-918-1985
  • Harjinder Sidhu: 204-294-5129
  • Nick Shymanski: 204-918-1985
  • Harjinder Sidhu: 204-294-5129

Judging Criteria

  • Presence / Style / Slides
  • Clear articulation of problem and solution
  • Market validation
  • General concept / Feasibility
  • Financial viability and projections
  • Investment potential / scalability / clear exit strategy


  • 5 Minute pitch with powerpoint presentation
  • 3 Minute Q & A
  • Minimum 2 people per team


CEO Manitoba exists to provide students with access to the events, network, and support they require to successfully venture into entrepreneurship. By improving access, we aim to become more valuable on a larger scale.

As a community, we have received notable recognition for our entrepreneurial and startup efforts in Winnipeg, which are most definitely worth celebrating. However, we’re looking to exceed the community’s expectations. We would like to see Winnipeg continue to blossom into an entrepreneurial hub that is attractive to private equity, venture capital, and risk capital. By doing so, we can make Manitoba better for everyone.

We have a vibrant community, with incredible amounts of potential. CEO Manitoba is committed to encouraging our members to step out of their comfort zone, pursue what they’re passion