Students receive 4K through Enterprise Co-op E-Launch Scholarships to fund new ventures

Monday, September 10, 2012

WATERLOO, Ont. (September 10, 2012) – Recipients of the E-Launch Scholarships have been selected as the University of Waterloo’s Enterprise Co-op (E Co-op) program kick starts the fall term.

With five $4,000 scholarships up for grabs, 18 students presented business ideas to an esteemed panel. The judges had a difficult challenge selecting from among the 16 businesses pitched. The winners were announced on Friday, September 7 with the judges agreeing on 5 clear winners:

Stephen Holiday, SmugData – a start-up using content-based image search to help corporations make sense of data.

Ronak Raval, QuikAsyst Inc - a company which aims to assist homeowners with product support, particularly in relation to the large and expensive assets in their home.

Jon Joel, JoLi Cosmetics – a platform to provide premium in house products for salons, make-up artists, dermatology clinics, and photographers to create and exclusive products and establish in house brands for their clients.

Jayson Rhynas and Basil Al-Dajane, LeafNotes – a new venture focused on creating the next generation of music composition tools for mobile devices, with the goal is to make music more visual and social.

Nigel Dookie, Locaus – Locaus is an early stage startup in the field of Social Networking with current emphasis on the Nightlife Industry.

Established in 2011, the E-Launch Scholarships were the result of a donation from Waterloo graduate, entrepreneur and longtime supporter of student entrepreneurship, Nigel Stokes. The awards were created specifically for students enrolled in the E Co-op program. Up to five are awarded each term.

Thank you to our judging panel members; Kevin Negus, Co-Founder, CTO & Chairman, Fastback Networks and partner at CampVentures; Julien Hradecky, CEO R&J Engineering Corporation and Managing Director, Epicenter Inc; Nigel Stokes, Chairman of AppZero and Founder of Stokes Private Equity, George Adams, Chairman and CEO of Ventripoint Diagnostics, Steve Lightstone founder of CornerOfficeLeads and Aubrey Walters, CEO Junior Achievement Canada (Waterloo Region).


 

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