January 31 - February 2, 2020

54 Hours. Generate Ideas. Create Solutions.


About the


Disrupt It Weekend will bring together bright, passionate, entrepreneurial-minded individuals to launch an idea in 54 hours. 

The weekend kicks off with an engaging panel discussion hearing from local entrepreneurs  and their stories. After that, individuals can pitch their ideas, and cross functional teams are then formed in order to develop the idea and validate a business model. The weekend concludes with teams presenting their final pitch to a panel of judges and competing for the grand prize!



Over $5000 in CASH prizes!

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The Schedule

Friday, January 31st

4:00   Registration
4:45   Welcome
5:00   Keynote Speaker
5:45   Ice Breakers
6:00   Dinner and Networking
6:30   Brainstorming Session
6:45   Participants Pitch Their Ideas
7:15   Team Formation
7:45   Begin Work
10:00  Social Event

Saturday, February 1st

8:00    Breakfast
8:30    Business Model Canvas Workshop 
10:00  Morning Mentor Sessions
12:00  Lunch
12:30  Financial Workshop
1:30    Afternoon Mentor Sessions
5:00    Dinner
5:30    Pitch Workshop

Sunday, February 2nd

8:00    Breakfast
10:00  Morning Mentor Sessions
11:00  Pitch Practice With Coaches
12:00  Lunch
1:00    Tech Check
2:30    Final Pitches
3:30    Judging
4:00    Wrap-up


Q: Do I need to come with a team?

A: No. You will self-form teams on Friday evening based on what idea  you choose to work on.

Q: Is there an age requirement?

A: The event is targeted to those in high school and older. 

Q: Do I need to participate in all three days?

A: Yes. It is expected that participants are there the entire weekend to help their team out.

Q: What if I don't have an idea to pitch?

A: That is okay! You can choose which team you want to join based on the other ideas that are pitched. 

Q: Where is the weekend being held?

A: The weekend will be held at Ingenuity located at Lakehead University. 

Q: I don't know anything about starting a business, does this matter?

A; No, teams are formed around the ideas and within the team there is a wide variety of skill sets needed to build on the idea. On top of that there is mentors and coaches on hand all weekend to help.




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Contact Us

2400 Nipigon Road

Thunder Bay, ON

P7C 4W1

E: info@nwoinnovation.ca

P: (807) 768-6682

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