FALCONS FORTUNES

Falcons' Fortunes - FACIT's Annual Pitch Competition Goes Virtual on Thursday, February 4, 2021

Opportunity for Ontario Cancer Researchers to vie for the
"Ernsting Entrepreneurship Award"

Falcons' Fortunes (based on the popular TV series Dragons' Den) invites Ontario-based entrepreneurs working in the oncology space to pitch innovative research ideas to an external panel of judges. The 2021 event - scheduled to coincide with World Cancer Day on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 - will be going virtual!

Hosted by the FACIT Falcons (i.e. the FACIT team), this annual event offers $50,000 in Prospects funding to invest in the most promising oncology research idea. While the research idea should be novel and sound, the competition is for the best pitch i.e. the presentation that best convinces the investor judging panel on the value of the idea and how $50,000 would improve and/or better illustrate the potential, and if possible commercial, value of the innovative idea itself.

The Falcons’ Fortunes event endeavors to enhance, support and celebrate a culture of commercialization in Ontario, such as the cultivation of skill sets that enable ideas to be successfully pitched to investors and promotion of entrepreneurial spirit.

Eligibility:

The Falcons’ Fortunes pitch competition is open to any Ontario-based entrepreneurial researcher (e.g. academia, research institutions, research hospitals, startups, etc.) working in the oncology space. Basically, anyone with the entrepreneurial itch should participate!

How to participate:

Send an email to Lisa Milestone by Friday, November 20th, 2020 to indicate your intent to participate. An abstract of your pitch idea must be submitted by Friday, December 4th, 2020 (instructions on submitting abstracts will be emailed to participants). A maximum of 6 participants will be selected by Thursday, December 17th, 2020 to deliver their pitches on Thursday, February 4th, 2021.

Summary of timelines:

Notice of intent to participate - email RSVP sufficient Fri, Nov 20
Submission of pitch abstracts Fri, Dec 4
Announcement of selected pitch candidates Thurs, Dec 17
Pitch preparation webinar Wed, Jan 13
1:1 coaching sessions  Mon, Jan 25
Brief run through of event Tues, Feb 2
Falcons' Fortunes virtual event Thurs, Feb 4

Questions?

For more details about the competition, please download the Competition Overview document or contact Lisa Milestone for more information.

Past Winners:

2020: Scaling clinical expertise with AI to automate and improve the delivery of cancer care

Bridge7 uses AI to automate & improve the efficiency, consistency & quality of delivering cancer care. Bridge7 has commercialized the first automated treatment planning solution being used clinically. 

 

2020: Scaling clinical expertise with AI to automate and improve the delivery of cancer care2020: Scaling clinical expertise with AI to automate and improve the delivery of cancer care


2019: A radially expandable access port to maximize the potential of laparoscopic surgical oncology

Recognizing a real unmet need, Xpan is developing expandable surgical access ports that aim to increase safety and efficiency of minimally invasive surgeries.

 

2019: A radially expandable access port to maximize the potential of laparoscopic surgical oncology2019: A radially expandable access port to maximize the potential of laparoscopic surgical oncology


2018: ReFilx™ – A regenerative filler matrix for breast cancer patients

ReFilx™ is a novel polymeric soft tissue filler that provides breast cancer patients with a cosmetically superior, minimally-invasive and cost-effective solution for the permanent restoration of breast defects following lumpectomy.

2018: ReFilx™ – A regenerative filler matrix for breast cancer patients2018: ReFilx™ – A regenerative filler matrix for breast cancer patients


2017: Development of a Multi-mechanistic Vaccinia Virus-based Platform for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

The novel platform delivers sustained and amplified viral-mediated cell killing specific to pancreatic cancer (PCa) via the production of PCa cell-targeted amiR-containing exosomes.

2017: Development of a Multi-mechanistic Vaccinia Virus-based Platform for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer2017: Development of a Multi-mechanistic Vaccinia Virus-based Platform for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer