An 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.
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.