Meet the winter 2019 Enterprise Co-op pitch winners

Thursday, January 31, 2019

This winter term, Enterprise Co-op students pitched for five prizes of $5,000 at the Ignition Week pitch competition. Each competing student had five minutes to pitch their venture to a panel of judges, followed by a three-minute question period. Meet the winter 2019 pitch winners!

E Co-op Awards

Thisarani (Tess) Kalhara Kuruppu, Humanatee

Science, Physics

Thisarani (Tess) Kalhara Kuruppu with big cheque

Humanatee is an easily accessible way to get involved in donating to ocean reservation charities, by suggesting a small donation for an impact and instantly connecting the user if they choose to donate. What makes this unique is that instead of suggesting a large donation all at once, it makes it a daily act, i.e. easily made, small donations accumulating over time. This one-touch donation, instant gratification type of system makes the user more inclined to return to the app.

Matthew Haller, RainFlo Designs

Environment, Planning

Matthew Haller with big cheque

RainFlo Designs offers rain intelligent landscape features with the purpose of collecting, storing, or mitigating stormwater on the lot-level. These features are functional, as well as aesthetic. It will also raise awareness on the importance of managing stormwater, and provide the knowledge and skills to work with homeowners to develop designs to mitigate any issues they have with stormwater.

Norman Esch Enterprise Co-op Awards

The Norman Esch Enterprise Co-op Awards are available to students in Engineering. There are two winners this term:

Connor Al-Joundi, Forsa

Engineering, Mechanical & Mechatronics

Connor Al-Joundi with big cheque

Forsa is a service that link clients to workers for help with odd jobs. Our motto is “Jobs done the right way, right away.” Forsa takes advantage of the growing freelance market and uses technology to mitigate massive inefficiencies in the job request to job completion process. Our solution is unique because of the way clients are automatically matched to workers. Important factors that are taken into account that result in a quality match include job/expertise intersection, location, availability, reputation, and cost.

Ryan Neate, Nu-Age Arcade Solutions

Engineering, Mechanical and Mechatronics

Ryan Neate with big cheque

Nu-Age Arcade Solutions builds custom arcade cabinets for people who want to relive the nostalgia of classic games without trying to track down old, possibly unreliable hardware. While all powered at the core by a Raspberry Pi, different control layouts and graphics are possible as specified by the end-user.

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