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The Muskoka 4.0 Annual Startup Competition awards innovative, scalable, and job-creating startups with $250,000 and access to an ecosystem of resources in exchange for headquartering their business in Muskoka for at least one year.


Competition applications are evaluated by investors and industry experts from the #MuskokaCEO community and Ontario’s top Innovation Hubs.

We Champion


• Founders with idea-stage to pre-Series A companies
• Companies with an innovative and scalable business model
• Technology-enabled solutions
• Diverse Founder teams who have a desire to help the Muskoka and Northern Ontario innovation ecosystem grow

By supporting founders with


• Up to $250,000 funding (equity and/or debt) + eligibility for additional rounds of funding
• A la carte access to mentoring and services through regional innovation centres in Northern Ontario and across the province (ie: MaRS, NorCAT, VentureLab)
• Access to the #MuskokaCEO network
• Support with Recruitment and Talent acquisition
• Exclusive discounts through business, travel and leisure partners

And all we require is


• The Company locate their headquarters in Muskoka for at least one year
51% of the founding team or one founder and one employee need to live full time in Muskoka for at least one year
• At least one founder is working on the company as their primary or full-time professional role

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2021 STARTUP COMPETITION. STAY IN THE LOOP. SUBSCRIBE FOR NEWS AND UPDATES.

How it works.

1.

Application Submissions

2.

Short-Listing

(Short List announced)

3.

Due Diligence

(Finalists announced)

4.

Finalist Pitch Day

Winner Awarded $250K

Got Questions?

We’ve got answers.

See our FAQ’s

2021 Timeline


October 1: Applications Open


October 31: Applications Close


November: Shortlisted Companies Announced / Interviews


December: Finalists Announced


January / February 2022: Due Diligence & Term Sheet Negotiations


March 31, 2022: Finalist Pitch Day – $250,000 Awarded

2021 Power Panel


Our Power Panel is a group of venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts who offer their observations and insights to our finalists.

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Croxon shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entrepreneurial environment.

After co-founding Lavalife in 1987, Croxon served in many roles with the company — partner, chairman, and CEO — guiding it to the position of category leader.  Since then, Croxon has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes.

As a former “Dragon” on Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. He currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage Canadian tech companies, and co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business.

Bruce Croxon
Former “Dragon” | Host, The Disruptors | Partner, Round13 Capital

Wayne Li is the Founder & CEO of NextUp Care, a health technology company that is automating healthcare – one appointment at a time. Our Intelligent Patient Scheduling Platform allows medical imaging providers to algorithmically schedule appointments without any manual intervention and instantly notify patients. The Platform improves operational efficiency and physician & patient engagement. Wayne is passionate about reducing wait times in our healthcare system.

Previously, Wayne was the country head for Polaris Consulting & Services in Australia and New Zealand and a management consultant and account executive at Capgemini. He has 15 years’ experience working with global financial services clients in Canada, US, UK and Asia to leverage technology to transform and grow their business.

Wayne holds a BSc in Neuroscience and MSc in Physiology from the University of Toronto and a MBA in Finance from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Wayne Li
Founder & CEO, NextUp Care | Past Muskoka 4.0 Winner

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Croxon shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entrepreneurial environment.

After co-founding Lavalife in 1987, Croxon served in many roles with the company — partner, chairman, and CEO — guiding it to the position of category leader.  Since then, Croxon has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes.

As a former “Dragon” on Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. He currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage Canadian tech companies, and co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business.

We’ll be announcing our next panelists shortly.

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Croxon shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entrepreneurial environment.

After co-founding Lavalife in 1987, Croxon served in many roles with the company — partner, chairman, and CEO — guiding it to the position of category leader.  Since then, Croxon has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes.

As a former “Dragon” on Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. He currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage Canadian tech companies, and co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business.

We’ll be announcing our next panelists shortly.

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Croxon shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entrepreneurial environment.

After co-founding Lavalife in 1987, Croxon served in many roles with the company — partner, chairman, and CEO — guiding it to the position of category leader.  Since then, Croxon has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes.

As a former “Dragon” on Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. He currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage Canadian tech companies, and co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business.

We’ll be announcing our next panelists shortly.

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Croxon shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entrepreneurial environment.

After co-founding Lavalife in 1987, Croxon served in many roles with the company — partner, chairman, and CEO — guiding it to the position of category leader.  Since then, Croxon has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes.

As a former “Dragon” on Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. He currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage Canadian tech companies, and co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business.

We’ll be announcing our next panelists shortly.
Bruce Croxon
Bruce Croxon
Former “Dragon” | Host, The Disruptors | Partner, Round13 Capital

Bruce Croxon wants to invest in the next Canadian wave. The co-founder of the wildly successful dating site Lavalife, and a former “Dragon” on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, Croxon shares informed insights into what it takes to succeed in today’s demanding entrepreneurial environment.

After co-founding Lavalife in 1987, Croxon served in many roles with the company — partner, chairman, and CEO — guiding it to the position of category leader.  Since then, Croxon has been active as both an investor and advisor in early stage companies in the technology and hospitality sectors, continuing to expand the reach of his entrepreneurial successes.

As a former “Dragon” on Dragons’ Den, he added a broad range of businesses and products to his portfolio that tap into his passion for digital media, health, and marketing. He currently helms Round13, a company dedicated to investment in growth stage Canadian tech companies, and co-hosts The Disruptors on BNN and CTV, a weekly show spotlighting Canadian business.

Wayne Li
Wayne Li
Founder & CEO, NextUp Care | Past Muskoka 4.0 Winner

Wayne Li is the Founder & CEO of NextUp Care, a health technology company that is automating healthcare – one appointment at a time. Our Intelligent Patient Scheduling Platform allows medical imaging providers to algorithmically schedule appointments without any manual intervention and instantly notify patients. The Platform improves operational efficiency and physician & patient engagement. Wayne is passionate about reducing wait times in our healthcare system.

Previously, Wayne was the country head for Polaris Consulting & Services in Australia and New Zealand and a management consultant and account executive at Capgemini. He has 15 years’ experience working with global financial services clients in Canada, US, UK and Asia to leverage technology to transform and grow their business.

Wayne holds a BSc in Neuroscience and MSc in Physiology from the University of Toronto and a MBA in Finance from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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