Conrad students pitch their way to victory at the Velocity Fund Finals

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The winners of the VFF $25 K competitionAn autonomous machine for landmine diffusion, a screen technology that makes phones easier to read in sunlight, and a mental health reporting system for police and hospital staff.

These were just a few of the business ideas pitched by Conrad students and alumni at the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF), a pitch competition hosted each term by UWaterloo incubator Velocity

Eleven of the twenty competitors at this term's VFF were students or alumni of the Conrad Centre's entrepreneurial education programs. Conrad offers undergraduate business and entrepreneurship courses and programs, as well as the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) program. 

Each competitor took the stage for three minutes to present their business and prove their potential to a panel of judges. Several Conrad students were awarded cash prizes at the event.

  • Ryan Marchewka (Enterprise Co-op and BET 320) and Matt Lavrisa (BET 300), co-founders of Thalo, won a $25K award, as well as a $10K bonus for the best hardware pitch.
  • Daniel MacKenzie (E Co-op), co-founder of HealthIM, won a $25K award.
  • Robert Weeks (E Co-op and BET 300), founder of Finuvo, won $5K for the best pitch award.
  • Sefunmi Osinaike (Enterprise Co-op and BET 310), co-founder of Hash, won $5K for the people's choice award.

For more information about the competition and winners, take a look at the articles published by the Waterloo Region Record and the University of Waterloo.

BET 300 students at the Velocity fund finals

BET 300 students supporting their classmates at the Velocity Fund Finals.

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