Aviva Ventures Pitch Day

Canada's digital
startup community

September 19, 2017

Toronto, Ontario

Pitch Day returns

Last year, we invited 10 leading-edge startups to pitch their ideas to us for an equity investment of up to $10 million CAD. Our first Pitch Day was so successful that our global venture fund is coming back to Canada in hopes of finding the next ‘unicorn’ or ‘narwhal’ of the insurance industry.

Mark September 19 in your calendars – that’s when our second annual Pitch Day takes place at our downtown Toronto Digital Garage. We’re inviting the 10 most disruptive startups in Canada to pitch their ideas to us for the chance to have up to $10 million CAD invested in their business.

We’re looking for startups that are changing the face of the insurance industry and will help us create innovative digital experiences for our customers. Do you have what it takes?

Where we invest

We’re building a portfolio of businesses specializing in four investment areas:

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The 'Internet of Things'

(new technologies that connect your home, health or car to your smartphone)

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Data and analytics

(machine learning, artificial intelligence and new software technologies)

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(new sharing economy platforms)

Cloud storage

Innovative propositions

(smarter ways to reach customers, like peer-to-peer platforms)

Aviva Ventures
Our global venture fund, Aviva Ventures, is wholly-owned by Aviva plc. It forms part of Aviva’s wider innovation strategy and was launched in December 2015. Currently operating out of Aviva’s Digital Garage in London, England, Aviva Ventures is looking to invest in the markets where Aviva operates. The fund aims to invest $170 million CAD globally over the next four years into startups that are disrupting, leading and transforming the insurance industry.

How it works

Here’s what you need to submit an application, prepare for Pitch Day and collaborate with Aviva.

We want to invest in the most disruptive businesses in Canada. If your startup has the ability to scale up rapidly and disrupt the insurance sector, we want to talk to you.

To qualify for Pitch Day, your startup needs to fit into one of our investment categories and have raised at least $200,000 CAD to date.

by August 11, 2017 at 4 pm ET. You can include a PDF of your business plan (seven pages maximum). We’ll review all of the applications and contact you if your startup qualifies.

We’ll invite two representatives from each startup to our downtown Toronto Digital Garage to do a 10-minute pitch to a panel of Aviva advisors. Don’t worry, if you’re a finalist, you’ll receive more information to help you prepare for your pitch.

If we decide to invest in your startup, we’ll contact you after Pitch Day. Working with Aviva would involve collaborating on projects when possible and having an Aviva representative on your board of directors.

Why work with us?

Here’s what you need to know about Aviva plc:

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We’ve been protecting our customers since 1696.

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We’re a globally-recognized brand with offices in the UK, Europe, Asia and Canada.

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33 million

We serve over 33 million customers around the world, with three million in Canada alone.

About Aviva Canada
Aviva Canada is one of the leading property and casualty insurance groups in the country providing home, automobile, leisure/lifestyle and business insurance to more than three million customers. A wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-based Aviva plc, the company has more than 4,000 employees focused on creating a bright and sustainable future for our customers and our communities.