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Tech start-up wins business pitch competition

Grand prize valued at $15,000
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City of SSM Manager of Enterprise Serivces/Millworks Harleen Puaar Shukla (left), pitch competition winner Steeson Mathew from UrbanFix Technologies Inc., runner-up John Findlay from Findlay's Fungus, and City of SSM Economic Development Officer Jessica Maione.

UrbanFix Technologies Inc., a tech start-up that helps customers hire trusted professionals for their service needs, won the business pitch competition hosted by the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship. The grand prize is valued at $15,000.

The full text of the release follows:

After a competitive process involving a number of business submissions, UrbanFix Technologies Inc. has won the business pitch competition hosted by the Millworks – Centre for Entrepreneurship. 

UrbanFix Technologies Inc., a tech start-up in Sault Ste. Marie, is a web/mobile-based marketplace for local service providers that helps customers hire trusted professionals for all their service needs. Company owner Steeson Mathew took home the contest’s grand prize valued at $15,000. The runner-up, John Findlay from Findlay’s Fungus, received the second place prize valued at $5,000.  

The entrepreneurs participated in a pitch-off, which was scored by audience voting and an expert panel of judges. Both firms earned their way to the finals following a competitive process involving over a dozen submissions from business owners across the Algoma District.  

The pitch-off took place as part of the Bridges to Better Business event, an annual learning and networking forum hosted by the Millworks - Centre for Entrepreneurship. This year’s forum also featured a keynote presentation from Graham Sherman, co-founder of Tool Shed Brewing Company, who has been nominated as Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year, named as one of Calgary’s “top 40 under 40”, and has recently received the 2018 business in Calgary Leaders award. 

The organizing partners for Bridges to Better Business 2021 are the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area (CDC), Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, and Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce. This event was powered by TD Bank Group and the support of sponsors BDC, CDC, Community First – A Division of Your Neighbourhood Credit Union, KPMG, Laidlaw Paciocco Dumanski Spadafora & Johnson LLP, FedDev Ontario, and Wishart Law Firm.