Canadian Gaming Association Launches Innovators Launchpad

The Canadian Gaming Association (CGA) has launched the Canadian Gaming Innovators Launchpad, a competition specifically designed to stimulate innovation in the Canadian gaming industry.

The originality, strength, and impact of the Canadian gaming industry on the global scene are already well-known. The pace at which the industry continues to evolve is relentless, and Canada remains at the forefront – its companies, technologies, products, and expertise are in constant demand. However, the gaming industry needs to continuously embrace change and innovation to attract a new generation of customers.

From mobile wagering and marketing, to providing entertainment experiences that millennials will enjoy, the Canadian gaming industry is looking for fresh ideas.

“The gaming industry is a significant generator of jobs and income in this country,” said Paul Burns, Vice President of the Canadian Gaming Association. “It is also on the leading edge of technological advances for products and services that are recognized throughout the world.

However, we continue to push forward, as changing consumer tastes and market demands require the industry to persistently evolve and innovate.”

The competition is made up of two rounds: A preliminary round and a final round, consisting of an exhibition and a pitch-off presentation.

Finalists will be selected from the preliminary round and invited to the final round at the Canadian Gaming Summit, June 19-21, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, to display their entry in the Summit’s exhibition hall, followed by a pitch-off on the main stage.

The competition is open to Canadians ages 19 and up with a great idea, product, or business that has the potential to revolutionize the gaming industry. The CGA is partnering with Hai Ng and Doug Reed, founders of the Innovators’ Circle pitch contest, to run the Innovators Launchpad.

“The CGA is giving entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their ideas to a panel of top industry judges,” added Mr. Burns. “Finalists will also be seen by dozens of key decision makers in the gaming industry and gain access to potential investment capital. It’s the chance of a lifetime for someone.”

The preliminary round is now open for submissions and has a deadline of April 28, 2017. More information and the entry form are available at

The fundamental goal of the Canadian Gaming Association is to create balance in the public dialogue about gaming in Canada. Its members are among the largest most established gaming operators, suppliers and gaming equipment manufacturers in Canada. The mandate is to create a better understanding of the gaming industry through education and advocacy.