Conrad School Competitions Round-Up - Fall 2020

Friday, December 18, 2020

Our undergraduate; graduate; alumni students and their ventures take centre stage this competition season. Here is a brief summary of some of their outstanding accomplishments this term.

Concept $5K

Out of 33 semi-finalists, 10 finalists emerged including four specifically for a Climate Change Grant offered this term. Half of those finalists are Conrad School student-founders.

Screenshot of Cove founder Hanna Kyowski's video pitch on YouTube.

Cove is building a platform that provides healthcare providers and their patients with digital suicide intervention tools they can use to improve mental healthcare outcomes related to suicide.

The founder of Cove is Hanna Kyowski, a Waterloo Systems Design Engineering alumna and current full-time Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) student.

Cove won the hearts of the virtual audience and was selected as Fall 2020 Concept 5k People's Champ, winning $500 in grant funding. 

Miss Mechanic
Miss Mechanic is an on-call automotive service support system provided by women, for women, to make informed decisions in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Stefanie Bruinsma is the founder of Miss Mechanic and is supported by team member Mike Cassell. She is a Waterloo Mechanical Engineering alumna, current both Stefanie and Mike are part-time MBET students.

Congratulations to Miss Mechanic winning the Concept 5K!

XP Fantasy
XP Fantasy is an esports community platform where users can use their knowledge, experience and passion for various esports to compete in daily fantasy contests to win tangible prizes.

Co-founders of XP Fantasy include Justin Wong current Waterloo Global Business & Digital Arts (GBDA) and Conrad School (E Co-op, BET 300, BET 320) student and Arjun Bhushan Waterloo Engineering (Software) student.

Congratulations to XP Fantasy for winning the Concept 5K!

Citrus Life Science
Citrus Life Science is developing a biosensor discovery platform to rapidly prototype and develop point-of-care diagnostic tests.

Co-founders Kiran Edwardson and Liam Croteau are both Waterloo Engineering (Nanotechnology) as well as Conrad School students (BET 300).

AlgoBio is creating a non-toxic bio-based flame retardant that keeps children safe from the fast spread of fire in cars and preserves their long-term health.

Co-founders Elias Trouyet and Anneke van Heuven are senior, Waterloo Engineering (Nanotechnology) undergraduate and Conrad School students (BET 300).

Decomp is building an organic plastic waste disposal solution that utilizes bioreactor technology to create and maintain the optimal growing conditions for plastic degrading microbes to facilitate the degradation of plastics.

Gabriel Saunders co-founded Decomp. He is a Waterloo Arts alumnus with a Minor in Entrepreneurship from the Conrad School. Gabriel is also a recent graduate of the full-time MBET program.

Learn more about these ventures in the Meet the Fall 2020 Concept 5K Winners article.

Problem Pitch

Jon DhanapalaWe are all about understanding and solving problems here at the Conrad School — and so are our students! At this term’s Quantum Valley Investments® Problem Pitch Jon Dhanapala, Waterloo Engineering (Management) alumna, full-time MBET student and founder of EMRE secured a finalist position in the Open Problem Stream. 

EMRE is developing healthcare systems that support refugees and displaced people have not advanced in decades, making it nearly impossible to prevent and control disease outbreaks.

Sportsnet Hockey Hack: Powered by Rogers 5G

Tamania MajeedIn November, 50 undergraduate and post-graduate students in 10 teams hacked for the chance to change the way millions of NHL fans watch and engage with live games. Sportsnet Hockey Hack: Powered by Rogers 5G collaborative, week-long hackathon offers a unique opportunity for participants to work with Rogers’ groundbreaking, low latency 5G technology. Using real on-ice tracking data from NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs games, participants will devise innovative ways to increase audience engagement and enhance the fan experience for Sportsnet viewers.

We are thrilled to see two Conrad School students on two of the winning teams. Congratulations Tamania Majeed (a BET 320 student) and Karthik Prasana (Part-time MBET student)!

Dragon’s Den

This term, another Conrad School student entered the Dragon’s Den. Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) alumnus Sam Dugan and current Waterloo Engineering, Mechanical & Mechatronics student recently pitched his venture, SmartPatrol on the popular show. 

“I always secretly hoped I would be on the show one day, so it was surreal to be there in person,” he says of the taping in early September. “I mean, don’t we all, or was that just me?” - Sam Dugan (source: Waterloo Stories).

Sam negotiated a preliminary deal for a $250,000 investment by two of the dragons, Lane Merrifield and Michelle Romanow, in exchange for a 30-per-cent stake in his company negotiated a preliminary deal for a $250,000 investment by two of the dragons, Lane Merrifield and Michelle Romanow, in exchange for a 30-per-cent stake in his company. Nice work Sam, congratulations!

Velocity Fund Finals

Stephanie MillsCodeGem, a software engineering management solution venture founded by Stephanie Mills, Conrad School Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) and Waterloo Engineering (Management Sciences) student made it to the Velocity Fund Finals this term. Congratulations on your latest milestone achievement Stephanie!

Les Innovateurs Entrepreneur of the Year

Screenshot of video pitch of LorCan Co-Founder and CEO Minelli Clements.LorcCan, a remote area connectivity startup co-founded by three recent MBET graduates, Minelli Clements, Krishna Vegiraju and Alison Purdon was recently honoured by the France Canada Chamber of Commerce (FCCC-O) with the title Les Innovateurs Entrepreneur of the Year for their innovative venture, LorCan Technologies Inc.

The FCCC-O is a non-profit organization under the aegis of Chambre de Commerce et d'industrie (CCI) France International. FCCC-O has been established with a vision to enhance the ability of its members to make a significant contribution to the economic, cultural and social fabric of France and Canada.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Business Competition

Folake Owodunni and Maame Poku on site next to an ERA service bike.Emergency Response Africa (ERA), a social-impact-med-tech venture co-founded by full-time MBET alumna, Maame Poku and current part-time MBET student and Waterloo employee, Folake Owodunni emerged as one of eight finalists from over 500 applications to the NINJA Business Competition, Nigeria

The NINJA Business Competition, Nigeria a collaborative venture competition supported by several organizations including the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Janét Aizenstros Entrepreneurial Award

Aileen Agada is a Conrad School, Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) student and an increasingly familiar face in the Waterloo entrepreneurial ecosystem. For her venture, BeBlended Inc., and her accomplishments as an entrepreneur, Aileen is the first recipient of this new undergraduate award.

The Janét Aizenstros Entrepreneurial Award is designated for female entrepreneurs in the Faculty of Engineering and is awarded during Women Entrepreneurship Week (WEW). The award is generously supported by the illustrious Janét Aizenstros, Waterloo alumni, serial entrepreneur and angel investor.

Congratulations to all our students, current and former, who competed this term. You are all an inspiration and we are #WaterlooProud to have been a part of your journey.

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