Five student entrepreneurs win $4,000 each

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

On Tuesday, June 24th, Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) students had a second chance to pitch to a panel of judges to win an award of $4,000. Each competing student had five minutes to pitch and three minutes to answer questions from the judges.

Read on to learn about the latest winners!

Norman Esch
Enterprise Co-op Awards
E-Launch Awards
Leo Zhao
TacticHive
Caleb Polley
Boogaloo Bunks
Samantha Johns
STORK
Anton Kabanov
MBLOK
Moufeed Kaddoura
​ExVivo Labs

E-Launch Awards

Three students received E-Launch Awards, for which students from any faculty are eligible.

Boogaloo BunksCaleb Polley
4A Arts & Business,
Speech Communication

Boogaloo Bunks instantly transforms hostel bunk beds into private personal pods through a patented panel system. The privacy system is light proof and sound reducing to improve the quality of sleep for guests while increasing revenues and reviews for the hostel.

Caleb is currently working out of the Velocity Foundry to build prototype Boogaloos for the top two hostels in Toronto.

STORKSamantha Johns, 3A Kinesiology

STORK provides students with convenient access to local food vendors, and easy-to-follow instructions for quick, healthy, and affordable meals.

Samantha has successfully conducted a pilot test and is working on strategy and logistics for scaling her service to other university campuses.

Moufeed Kaddoura​, 4A Life Sciences, Microbiology

The current standard for allergy testing involves painful and invasive techniques that are often inconclusive. ExVivo Labs is developing a non-invasive skin-patch to measure a person's allergies, making the process safe, simple and certain.

ExVivo Labs is a previous winner of two awards from the Velocity Fund Finals: Most Innovative and People's Choice (both $1,000). Moufeed is currently working out of the Velocity Science lab towards the team's final prototype.

Norman Esch Enterprise Co-op Awards

Students in the Faculty of Engineering are eligible to win Norman Esch Enterprise Co-op Awards. There were two winners from this competition:

Tactic HiveLeo Zhao​, 3B Computer Engineering

Tactic Hive offers casual, amateur and semi-professional gamers an improved gaming experience by providing tournaments that separate different skill groups.

Tactic Hive currently has over 300 active teams on their website.

MBLOKAnton Kabanov,
3B Mechanical Engineering

Kwelea Inc. is developing MBLOK, a device that keeps all the files you want, right by your side.

Anton and his team are currently working out of the Velocity Foundry to bring MBLOK to market.


More information on the awards available for E Co-op students and links to previous winners are available on the undergraduate awards page.

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