Muskoka 4.0

Muskoka 4.0

This is your moment.

Make your Pitch!

Make an impact!

Muskoka 4.0 is Muskoka Community Futures Development Corporation’s inaugural open competition for $250,000 in early-stage investment. Our objective is to attract businesses that can demonstrate they will have a significant economic impact in Muskoka.

The Investment.


with specific terms to be negotiated

The Process.

Entries must be submitted by 12:00pm on March 11, 2019
through Muskoka Future’s web-based Muskoka 4.0 entry form.
See Entry Guidelines for details on how to prepare your entry.



Entrants will be shortlisted using the following criteria, equally weighted:
• Impact on Muskoka
• Business viability and scalability
• Strength of Founder team

Shortlisted Entrants will be interviewed by the selection committee. Following the interview, successful entrants will move forward as Finalists for due diligence.


Due Diligence

Due diligence will be completed by Muskoka Futures, using external expertise and consultants at our sole discretion. The specific terms of our potential investment will be negotiated with Finalists during this stage.



Finalists will participate in a live, public, pitch event at which the Muskoka Futures Board of Directors will select the winner.

The $250,000 investment will be announced live at the pitch event on May 30, 2019.

Entrepreneurial Development and Support

The Finalists for Muskoka 4.0 will have access to entrepreneurial development and support throughout the competition, including a pitch workshop and one-on-one advisory services from Muskoka Futures and its partners.

Key Dates.

January 31, 2019 Launch of Muskoka 4.0
March 11, 2019/12:00pm Deadline for applications
March 20, 2019 Short-List Selection
March 25 – 29, 2019 Short-List interviews
April 3, 2019 Finalists Selected
April 4 – May 10, 2019 Due Diligence Period and Entrepreneurial Support
May 30, 2019 Live Pitch Event and Winner Announced

Key Dates.

The Fine Print.

Entering Muskoka 4.0

• Entry must be received no later than March 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST.

• There is no entry fee.

• Entries may be submitted by individuals, partnerships or corporations. Entrants must ultimately incorporate in order to meet the terms of qualifying for Muskoka Futures investment.

• Entrants are competing for a $250,000 investment with terms to be negotiated directly with Muskoka Futures.

General Information

• Muskoka Futures may request additional documentation and substantiation.

• Entrants must disclose details of any funding (including grants, debt or equity) received or agreed to at the time of entry.

• Muskoka Futures reserves the right to disqualify any entry that, in its sole judgment, violates the letter or the spirit of these rules.

• Muskoka Futures does not guarantee any amount of investment to Entrants in the Muskoka 4.0 competition.

• The decisions of Muskoka Futures are final and binding.

• All Entrants will be notified by April 4, 2019 whether or not they have been shortlisted.

• A Muskoka 4.0 pitch workshop will be offered, during which finalists can take part in workshops to help them prepare for the Pitch Contest.

• Muskoka Futures reserves the right to seek the independent opinions of third party experts regarding business viability and evaluation of any proposed technology. These opinions will be the sole property of Muskoka Futures and will not be available for the reading or other use of the entrants.

• Finalists will be selected to participate in the Muskoka 4.0 Pitch Event, live and open to the public on May 30, 2019. These presentations shall be no more than 10 minutes in length followed by a 10 minute Question & Answer period.

• Muskoka Futures’ Board of Directors will be present and observe the pitches and announce the winner at the Muskoka 4.0 Pitch Event.


• Entrants agree that they will not use the names “Muskoka Futures”, “Muskoka Community Futures Development Corporation”, “Muskoka 4.0″ or any variation, adaptation, or abbreviation thereof, in any advertising or publicity without the prior written permission of Muskoka Futures.

• Muskoka Futures makes no representations or warranties of any kind concerning the Muskoka 4.0 Competition, express or implied. In no event shall Muskoka Futures be liable for any advice, information or decision made for or on behalf of the Muskoka 4.0 Competition or for incidental or consequential damages of any kind, including economic damages or injury to property and lost profits, regardless of whether Muskoka Futures shall be advised, shall have other reason to know, or in fact know of the possibility of the foregoing.

• All information is collected in accordance with Muskoka Futures’ published Privacy Policy.

• Muskoka Futures reserves the right to update the Rules of the competition at any time. It is the responsibility of each and every Entrant to be aware of any updates, although Muskoka Futures will endeavour to ensure that all participants are advised of any changes made to the Rules, which will be published online and notice will be given on the Muskoka 4.0 website. In the event that there is any disagreement between the preceding Rules and any other documents, the Rules published here will prevail.


All Entrants are asked to participate in media and press opportunities related to the Muskoka 4.0 Competition. This includes, but is not limited to, the following opportunities:

• Any Entrant may be asked to provide a 150-200 word description that will be made available to media and may be released publicly, either in part or in its entirety.

• Any Entrant may be asked to speak to the media for competition-related interviews when requested by Muskoka Futures.

• Any Entrant may be asked to provide quotes and/or content for any competition related press releases.

Make your Pitch!

Make an impact!

Questions? Let’s talk.

Contact Us

Muskoka Futures

(705) 646-9511

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