Truenorth Launches Canada's Largest College Esports Tournament in Hamilton at 2020 MBA Games

Welcome to the Canadian Collegiate Championships, presented by Hush Blankets at 2020 MBA Games - as 600+ students from leading business schools nationwide arrive in Hamilton to compete at McMaster University - raising $50,000+ for charity partner Empowerment Squared


Canadian Collegiate Championships, a property owned and operated by Truenorth

The Canadian Collegiate Championships, presented by Hush Blankets, is Canada’s latest Esports property owned & operated by Truenorth - an early-stage startup building a fundraising technology platform to connect Canadians nationwide with celebrities, athletes, and influencers to benefit nonprofits & underserved communities across Canada.


TORONTO / HAMILTON, ONTARIO / JANUARY 3, 2020 / TRUENORTH is proud to announce the launch of the Canadian Collegiate Championships in partnership with Hush Blankets, the largest national collegiate Esports tournament ever hosted in Canada.


The Esports tournament will take place in Hamilton at McMaster University’s Degroote School of Business on January 3-5, as part of 2020 MBA Games.


MBA Games is an annual competition first established over 30 years ago at Queen's University in 1988. The event provides a unique opportunity for the country’s leading MBA students to compete in competitions across academia, athletics, and spirit. This year there will be 17 competing schools with over 600 students participating. As part of this year's athletics competitions there will be an Esports tournament.


The Canadian Collegiate Championships will feature EA SPORTS™ NHL® 20 on PlayStation® 4 played across a single-elimination tournament bracket, as each team battles head-to-head to skate their way into Canadian collegiate Esports history!


If victory isn’t enough - the winners will walk home with brand new Hush weighted blankets, who have joined the tournament as this year’s Presenting Sponsors. The tournament MVP will also win a priceless hockey stick signed by Toronto Maple Leafs forward, Alexander Kerfoot, as well as prizing & swag courtesy of our community partners OHL junior ice hockey team, The Hamilton Bulldogs.



“Esports is where our attention is heading in the future. To sponsor this event to support youth with their aspirations, while providing us with the opportunity to give back to community is really great,” said Aaron Spivak, Co-Founder at Hush Blankets, “The initiative enables us to connect with an engaged audience, with Esports being where youth are spending considerable time!”

The theme for 2020 MBA Games is to demonstrate social responsibility by having a positive impact on local communities, with collective fundraising efforts having already raised $50,000 - having smashed the $30,000 target initially set for this year’s dedicated charity partner, Empowerment Squared. The nonprofit has supported over 1,500 newcomer youth & families settle in Canada and is building the transformational Liberian Learning Center in Paynesville, Liberia.



“The MBA Games is an amazing experience to meet delegates from across Canada, all while raising money and awareness for a local charity Empowerment Squared.” said Calvin Fujimoto-Cassidy, Co-Commissioner at MBA Games, “I’ll enjoy seeing future leaders showcase their creativity, teamwork and problem-solving skills in hopes of hoisting the Queen’s Cup!”

The Canadian Collegiate Championships is a new labeled Esports property owned & operated by TRUENORTH, selected as the official agency partner of MBA Games, supporting this year’s Esports programming, sponsorships, and marketing efforts. This upcoming Canadian Collegiate Championships event has been white-labeled for MBA Games. All the live gaming action will be live-streamed on Instagram at @truenorthwe - enabling friends & family to tune-in from anywhere in the world! So gear up for what will be an intense battle in crowning our ultimate champion in 2020!


My passion is to invest in future generations to better support the continued growth of sports, entertainment, and digital media sectors while promoting greater inclusion & diversity together,” said Sean Karoonian, Founder at TRUENORTH. We’re working hard towards launching our platform next year as we seal our advisory committee, secure early-stage investment, and bring on board an exciting celebrity partner to support our continued growth trajectory!

Truenorth was founded by Sean Karoonian, former Marketing & Client Services Lead at Cineplex Entertainment who helped drive the company’s Gaming & Esports portfolio diversification following $15M acquisition of a new platform, while also serving as a senior executive at various leading technology, video gaming, and design studios across the world including Big Blue Bubble, Transgaming, Astound Group, and Sony.


To provide greater market perspective. The global video gaming industry underpins the growth of Esports, having experienced 6% compound annual growth rate from 2016-2020, surpassing movie and music industries, as one of the highest grossing and fastest growing entertainment verticals that is forecast to drive $122B global revenue into 2020. Although Canada might only represent 2% global market share at $2B - it currently ranks 8th in the world in terms of addressable market size, with 20M gamers representing 55% of the country’s population, while being further recognized as the 3rd largest developer of video games in the world!



ABOUT TRUENORTH


Truenorth is an early-stage startup building a fundraising technology platform that gives you the chance to experience impactful moments with celebrities, athletes, and brands to support nonprofits & underserved communities across Canada.


Founded in 2019, we exist to empower nonprofits to continue inspiring the world, by democratizing unique experiences across our influential network to leave a positive lasting impact upon the business world - giving back by paying it forward. Through a collective effort we can better level the playing field for youth, visible minorities, and students.


The organization also provides services & strategies for partners & clients including: Esports Programming, Sponsorship Development, Influencer Relations, Management Consultancy, and Experiential Brand Marketing.


We’re working hard towards launching next year as we seal our advisory committee, close early-stage capital investment, and on-board a celebrity partner that we're excited to announce soon as we continue our successful growth trajectory. Learn more at: www.truenorthwe.com.

ABOUT HUSH BLANKETS


Canadian-based Hush Blankets was founded by Aaron Spivak and Lior Ohayon to help improve sleep quality. Infused with deep-touch pressure technology, the Hush weighted blanket can be used to help people experiencing insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, and autism. Earlier in 2019, the company's recently-launched cooling blanket Hush Iced generated over $1 Million investment on Kickstarter, while also successfully closing $400K deal on Dragon’s Den.


Hush is a purpose-driven company that believes in social enterprise - currently donating 1 weighted children's blanket for every 5 sold, and 1 adult blanket for every 10 that it sells. Hush plans to double those numbers by 2020, currently working with 25 charities in the GTA region to give back to communities-in-need including children with disabilities, and dispossessed adults. Learn more at: www.hushblankets.com


ABOUT 2020 MBA GAMES


The MBA Games is considered to be the largest MBA competition in Canada that first began at Queen's University in 1988. The event takes place over three days, providing a unique opportunity that brings together leading MBA students from across Canada to compete across academic, athletic, and spirit events. A dedicated charity partner is selected annually, where all involved raise awareness & funds for the given charity. The MBA Games has been hosted by various schools across Canada over the past 30 years as an independent platform, where the winning school is given the honour of hosting the Games the following year in their home city.


2020 MBA Games is hosted at DeGroote School of Business. Where MBA students from across Canada will converge in Burlington and Hamilton on January 3-5 2020. Each school will compete for the prestigious Queen’s Cup by taking part in unique challenges, while participating with the integrity and community spirit to demonstrate their hard work and talents in supporting this year’s charity partner, Empowerment Squared. Learn more at: www.mbagames.co. Donate here: www.empowermentsquared.org.


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