MBET students compete in national and international business plan competitions

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

‘Tis the season for business plan competitions for Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) students at Conrad. In the next few months, thirteen MBET teams will represent Conrad at a total of eight competitions from Chicago to Shanghai, pitching the ventures that they are developing in the BET 604: New Technology-based Venture Creation course.

These competitions give MBET students the chance to practice their pitch, build their network, get in front of investors, and gain valuable feedback from business leaders—not to mention the possibility of winning prize money! Check out the competitions in which MBET students are represented this year: 

BMO Apex Business Plan Competition, University of New Brunswick

In this competition on January 25, MBET team NERv won second place, and the University of Waterloo was awarded the "Entrepreneurial Powerhouse" Award in recognition of their strong showing. 

Amr Abdelgawad presented his venture, NERv, which is developing the most technologically advanced system ever created to detect post-operative complications in real-time. Raven, NERv's first product, is an implantable biochip platform with multiple biosensors capable of identifying a complication as soon as it occurs, promising to reduce the burden on the healthcare industry.

Adnan Khalid and Andrew Anzenberger presented their venture, SpurDeal, an online platform which gives restaurants full control and flexibility to instantly create any promotion they want, at any time and for as many people they want. Consumers get a dynamic and exciting experience through limited time geo-targeted offers, thereby getting a chance to try new restaurants for a fraction of the original price. 

Brown Forman Cardinal Challenge, University of Louisville

Held February 18, this competition showcased new business concepts presented by twelve teams from the world’s leading university entrepreneurship programs.

Daniel and Horacio at the Cardinal Challenge

Horacio Moreno and Daniel Seara pitched their venture, WeBahn, which is a crowdsourcing and crowdsensing platform that provides reliable real-time public transportation information to commuters who experience long and disorganized journeys in developing countries.

“The experience in Louisville was amazing. Besides the networking and the opportunity to pitch and to expose our idea, we could also see different perspectives of entrepreneurship, from American scholars, investors, and entrepreneurs." -Daniel Seara

TigerLaunch, University of Chicago

TigerLaunch logo

TigerLaunch (March 4) is America’s largest student-run inter-collegiate entrepreneurship competition, which is put on annually by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club at Princeton University. 

Moazam Khan and Zied Etleb will pitch Curiato, a startup dedicated to providing smart and predictive healthcare platforms by leveraging Cloud, IoT and Artificial Intelligence. Currently, the team is developing Ceylon Systems, a combination of a smart mattress and patient management interface that predicts and automates the prevention of bedsores. 

Sohaib Rana and Waqas Khan will pitch Smart Bandage, which aims to improve the lives of people suffering from chronic wounds through inkjet printed patented sensors that provide real-time data to monitor early warning signs of chronic wounds.

Horacio and Daniel will pitch WeBahn.

Help them out by voting in the TigerLaunch People’s Choice award!

Hult Prize Regional Finals, Hult International Business School and the Clinton Global Initiative

Salman Ladha pitching at Hult @ UW Finals

Salman Ladha in the Hult Prize @ UWaterloo Finals on November 24. 

The Hult Prize is a global social entrepreneurship competition that challenges student teams to develop startup solutions for major social problems. Held on March 4-5, the regional finals in Shanghai (as well as four other locations worldwide) will determine which teams advance to the Hult Prize accelerator.

Jill Sadler, Richard Yim, Salman Ladha, and Swarnkamal Singh Parmar, will pitch Commerce4Cause, an e-commerce platform that gives refugee artisans an opportunity to showcase their artistic skill to a global market and profit from it. 

Stu Clark Investment Competition, University of Manitoba

On March 10–11, sixteen graduate student teams will compete for a total of $50,000 in funding at this business plan competition.

Vanessa Ferlaino and Salman Ladha will present The Rx, a pharmacy focused on healthcare access for chronic care patients seeking to play an active role in their health. The Rx offers access to a variety of healthcare providers to help patients make informed decisions about their health. Unlike other pharmacies and clinics, their pharmacist will guide patients through their interactions with the onsite healthcare team members that rotate around their needs.

Adnan and Andrew will pitch SpurDeal.

Moazam and Zied will pitch Curiato.

Curiato at VFF

The Curiato team at a previous pitch competition (Velocity Fund Finals, Winter 2016). 


Held on March 11, this is a multi-stage business venture competition bringing startups from across Canada to compete for a $50,000 prize.

Sohaib and Waqas will present Smart Bandage. 

Canada’s Business Model Competition

This competition, taking place in Halifax from March 10-11, invites students to present their customer-validated business models, following Lean Startup principles. Winners will share $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizes and advance to the International Business Model Competition. 

Natasha Ahmed and Karishma Singh will present Erbivore, which is bringing urban farming solutions to South Asia to promote healthier lives and address food safety issues. 

Nur Kurak will present Kibele, which aims to educate young women in software development and empower them to lead tomorrow's Digital Economy. 

Andrew Leest will present Chasr Athletics, which helps athletes train better through smart athletic cones that track, record, and analyse athlete's training times.

Richard Yim will present Landmine Boys, which is building robots to help NGOs clear landmines more safely in the excavation and defusion stage. 

Emily Wu and Clarence Wong will present Herbenit, which aims to address the knowledge gap and inaccessibility of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in North America. 

John Koshy, Raman Asati, Swarnkamal Singh Parmar, and Phillip Rukidi will present Departure99, which seeks to disrupt the online travel booking system through a unique commission-free business model. 

Waqas and Sohaib will present Smart Bandage.

Rice International Business Plan Competition, Rice University

This competition is the largest and richest student startup competition in the world, with a total of $1.5 million in prizes. Forty-two teams are chosen to present, out of 500 applicants.  

Sohaib and Waqas will present Smart Bandage at this competition.

Follow Conrad on Twitter to cheer on these teams! 

Hult team photo opportunity

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