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We are constantly looking for opportunities to engage with students and entrepreneurs, leaders and trailblazers. We will be exploring various Case, Pitch, and similar competitions with stakeholders, sponsors, and participants throughout 2022 and beyond!

Reach out to learn more! We want to hear from prospective Participants, Schools, Incubators, Accelerators, Sponsors, Banks, Venture Capital Firms, Angel Investor Networks, and Other Collaborators…

Together, we can make the future possible!

2022 – Italian Luxury

Emerging Italian Luxury Product Manufacturers & Retailers Seek to Gain a Competitive Advantage by Growing or Developing their North American Presence & Aim to Identify the Right Sustainability and Circular Economy Strategies to Suit Their Unique Position

2022 international Italian luxury
case & pitch competition

May 2022
Sustainability | luxury | Technology

The Big Leaf presents an opportunity for students from Universities and Colleges in Canada, Italy, and the United States of America to address some of the leading challenges faced by Italian Luxury brands in utilizing modern technology, improving sustainability, and gaining a competitive advantage.

in association with

Ziraldo Wines


San Pio X Farm (est. 1708)


Business Link Media Group


Spark IECI


3 Cases & 1 Pitch

The competition will consist of three (3) Cases and one (1) Pitch, for which your team will have a full month to prepare for, and record your Case / Pitch presentation.

Cash Prizes

There will be three (3) Case Competitions, and one (1) Pitch Competition, with prizes for First and Second place teams, as well as a ‘Best in Class’ prize for the overall winner!

Global / International

Students from Colleges, Universities, and Community Colleges from Canada, Italy, and the United States of America can participate in teams of 2 to 5!


Winning Case & Pitch competition groups will get the opportunity to have their resumes and LinkedIn profiles shared with Sponsors, the Italian Conference attendees, collaborators, and on this web page. Get Noticed!


The Case & Pitch Competition will begin in Late May 2022, and final video entries are due in early June 21st midnight Eastern Time.

Send us your Team’s Entry Form [Click Here] by May 13th, 2022 to be eligible!

Teams of 2 to 5 Students Can Sign Up Before May 13th, 2022!


The Case & Pitch Competition format will be Virtual.

Instructions will be prerecorded, and the Cases and Pitch will be made available digitally (PDF).

Entries must be in the format of a recorded video.

  1. Best Overall Presentation
  2. Top Prize – Case 1
  3. Top Prize – Case 2
  4. Top Prize – Case 3
  5. Top Prize – Pitch
  6. Second Place – Case 1
  7. Second Place – Case 2
  8. Second Place – Case 3
  9. Second Place – Pitch


Your team’s entry (entries) must be in the format of a recorded video that is easily accessible (e.g., hosted on YouTube).

A written document can be entered as a companion to your video if you believe it will help.

There is a limit of 25 teams for each of the three (3) Cases and one (1) Pitch, so click below to enter your team into one, two, or all of the above!

Just click the link below and provide us with your Team Name, School, Team Members, and Contact Information, and we will reserve the first 25 teams for each competition.

We want to know what Cases and Pitches your School or Organization are interested in! Reach out let’s start a dialogue about how we can create real value for students and entrepreneurs.

Moving Forward is Faster, Together

2022 Spark IECI’s Female-Driven Start-up Pitch COmpetition

Spark IECI and The Big Leaf present a pitch competition celebrating the best woman-led entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups in the Niagara Falls region!