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AAGEF Entrepreneur Challenge 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Toronto, ON 

About us


AAGEF Ontario, with over 2,000 executives, is a networking association of French Elite Graduate Schools alumni, living and working in Ontario. We also welcome Ontario-based alumni of Canadian and global Elite Universities. In October 2019, AAGEF Ontario successfully hosted its 83rd event. All our events are open to everyone and are conducted in English during the presentation. Networking is bilingual English/ French.

AAGEF Entrepreneur Challenge is in its fifth year. And since its inception in 2015, the event has garnered a lot of interest and traction in the business community.

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Time: 5:30 pm

Venue: Alliance Francaise de Toronto,

        24 Spadina Road, 

        Toronto, M5R 2S7, Ontario.


2019 Applicants

Earlier this year we welcomed applications from the most exciting start-ups to be a part of our 2019 challenge. For the startup community, it's a perfect platform to be coached and advised by the industry top leaders. Our application deadline was Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

All entrepreneurs were invited to apply. Upon submission, all applications were reviewed by our selection committee. And on Friday, November 1, 2019, we are happy to share our three finalists - Able Innovations Inc., Paymentflex and Mile1.


The three selected entrepreneurs will now present in front of a jury of top executives. The jury includes Jeremy Daveau (INSEEC), General Manager for Mars Wrigley, Marc Ouayoun (EM Lyon), President and CEO for Porsche Cars Canada and Zemfira Khisaeva (McGill), Vice President, Technology and Enterprise Strategy at Scotiabank. Also Sébastien Gendron (SUPAERO), Co-founder and CEO of Transpod Hyperloop will be the master of ceremonies this year. 


The winners will be awarded cash gifts and prizes besides the invaluable guidance from top executives.



Sebastien Gendron

"I strongly encourage entrepreneurs to participate in this challenge. It's an excellent bridge to introduce your product and company to the European market as you will have the opportunity to pitch your project in front of the industrial partners, both from Canada and Europe."

Co-Founder & CEO,

Transpod Hyperloop


Lisa Mattam

"My participation in the 2016 Challenge was an enlightening and rewarding experience. Even though our brand had received initial traction, including being the only Canadian brand selected for Sephora's Inaugural Accelarator, the pitch competition helped me to translate that success and convey the potential of the brand to investors, buyers and other supporters in more relevant fashion. I gained great insight from jury members and invaluable contacts, including a potential investor."

Founder & CEO, Sahajan

McMaster University


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Contact us

To know more about the AAGEF Entrepreneur Challenge 2019

Bruno Lebeault,

President - AAGEF Ontario

Email: Bruno.lebeault@gmail.com

Cell: 416-500-2602