Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Eye on the prize: Conrad startups to pitch at Velocity Fund Finals

Bjorn Dawson pitching Grobo at VFF Spring 2014

Six Conrad startups will pitch at the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) on Thursday, November 27. The Velocity Fund is a grant program for startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to win funding through competitions held three times per year. Teams compete for a total of $125,000 at the day-long pitch competition. The event is split into two parts: the $5K  competition in the morning, and the $25K competition in the afternoon.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Midterm Enterprise Co-op Award winners announced

Cong Wang with Esch Award cheque

On Monday, November 3, Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) students had an opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges to win an award of $5,500. Each competing company had five minutes to pitch and three minutes to answer questions from the judges.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lights, camera, action: Conrad startup pitches for CBC's Next Gen Den

Spectiva logo

A diverse group of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier graduate and undergraduate students have teamed up to create Spectiva, an interactive mirror display that allows users to forecast their day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Suncayr shines bright: E Co-op startup wins over $33K in recent months

Suncayr logo

Suncayr is an Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) startup that is determined to make sun protection easier. Although sunscreen is used to block the sun's UV rays, many people don’t know when to reapply the sunscreen in order to stay protected. Fourth-year nanotechnology engineering students, Rachel Pautler, Derek Jouppi, Andrew Martinko, Chad Sweeting, and Hayden Soboleski developed the Suncayr marker to solve this problem: the marker changes colour when exposed to UV rays. Users apply the transparent marker ink to their skin before putting on sunscreen, and when the skin is no longer protected from the UV rays by the sunscreen the Suncayr marker ink will become coloured, indicating that sunscreen needs to be reapplied. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Moving on up: Apartmint launches beta and receives Ontario Centres of Excellence funding

Apartmint logo

Left to right: Margaret Cichosz, Ignacio Mongrell, and Davy Chiu

The real estate industry is not an area known for innovation— something MBET-led startup Apartmint is on a mission to change. Founded by Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) alumni, Margaret Cichosz, Ignacio Mongrell, and Davy Chiu, Apartmint is an online platform that allows people to search, apply, and pay for rentals, and provides a reliable and centralized system for landlords to select their perfect tenants. 

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