The Momentum Technology pitch competition was launched in 2020 by a group of angel investors, venture capitalists, and advisors to help connect investors and government with early-stage Canadian technology start-ups in emerging technology sectors.

The second pitch competition will be held in May 2021 and will see ten innovative Canadian start-ups in Clean Tech pitch virtually to a panel of expert judges for a chance to take home one of three prizes totaling a combined $55,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

This years’ judge panel features a group of seasoned investors and advisors with decades of experience in the Canadian start-up ecosystem.


Benton Leong

General Partner, Archangel Funds; Investor, Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN)

Benton is a computer scientist, educator, serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor, board member, and innovation ecosystem thought leader.  He’s also the co-founder of Maplesoft, Radical Flow, and Archangel Network of Funds.

Brian Hunter

President, NorthSpring Capital

Following a 30-year career providing debt and equity financing to businesses in Southern Ontario with Roynat Capital, Brian co-founded NorthSpring Capital with Sol Algranti. In 2017, he was awarded as GTAN’s Angel of the Year.

Ehsan Miradamadi

Angel Investor & Tech Entrepreneur; CEO, Nubinary

Ehsan is a serial entrepreneur, an active angel investor, and a mentor at several tech start-up incubators and accelerators. He draws on 20 years of enterprise computer networks, storage, and cloud infrastructure experience.

Danielle Graham

Venture Growth Advisor, ventureLAB; Venture Partner, Archangel Funds

Danielle is the Founder of Fierce Founders, first female-focused tech accelerator in Canada. She was part of the founding team of Sonnet for Economical as a consultant with Deloitte, prev. Manager of the Market Readiness fund, Principal at Dream Maker and Sandpiper and currently Venture Partner with Archangel, unlocking capital for the earliest stage start-ups in the tech ecosystem

Manny Kalia

Business Development & Commercialization Manager, OCI

Manny is an entrepreneur, leader, and strategic thinker with focus on innovation. He is a proven leader at building and managing diverse teams, and he has international business experience in more than 50 countries.

Pam Banks

Executive Director, RIC Centre

Pam helps tech entrepreneurs build a foundation for commercialization as the Executive Director of RIC Centre. With a focus on hands-on support, Pam is proud to have worked with RIC Centre Clean Tech graduates including Char Technologies, AOMS Technology, and Li-Cycle.

Peyvand Melati

CEO, Micro Interface Design

Peyvand is an accomplished entrepreneur and angel investor. His in-depth expertise includes major vertical industries with a focus on Clean Tech electronic design and manufacturing, medical technologies, and renewable energy.

Competition MC:

Grant Lawrence

President, Valhalla Angels Kelowna and Vancouver

Grant, an active angel investor, with over 22 years in the software industry in startups and established companies. As a co-founder of Valhalla Private Capital, President of Valhalla Angels Kelowna and Vancouver, he contributes to building the tech community and provides mentorship and guidance to startups for business operations and sales.

About the Momentum Technology Pitch Competition:

Are you a technology start-up in Canada targeting the Clean Tech sector? We are interested in hearing your pitch!

Target companies

You should apply if:

  • You are a Canadian incorporated start-up with a minimum-viable product
  • You have preliminary market traction in the clean tech sector, and the addressable market for your product/service is at least $100M in size (preference towards B2B businesses)
  • You have a demonstrable technology moat (preference towards those with patentable technologies)



OKR Financialoperates a family of private funds since 2015 that provides non-dilutive financing solutions to Canadian SMEs by leveraging Federal and Provincial SR&ED tax credits and government funded programs. They provide the pathway to equity financing when companies are ready to scale-up.

Founded in 1981, Micro Interface Design (MID) is a R&D, engineering, and manufacturing company that has acted as a business incubator for several innovative technologies in the past four decades. MID leverages its multi-disciplinary engineering capacity, collaboration with academia, access to venture capitalists, and international business network to bring their innovations to market. They have successfully developed and commercialized technologies in various industries including Med-tech, Information Technologies, Clean-tech, Plastics, and Prop-tech. MID’s portfolio of industrial and medical devices are being sold in over 35 countries around the world.

NorthBridge Consultants is an expert government funding assistance firm with a 28-year track record helping small-to-medium enterprise secure funding to grow their businesses. NorthBridge is part of the North Group of Companies which also includes NorthSpring Capital Partners.

NuBinary is a Fractional CTO and Tech Startup Advisory consulting firm, enabling companies to successfully create innovative technology products. We do this by assisting companies to speed up market delivery of innovative products through a consistent, repeatable and tested framework