Announcing the 2015 MBET practicum projects:
MBET alumni companies:
Internal (current student) companies:
External (local community) companies:
How does the practicum work?
The process begins when companies submit proposals to become a practicum project through Conrad practicum coordinator, Doug Sparkes. These companies can be external or internal to the program, including MBET alumni, local startups interested in project support, or current MBET candidates launching their own company with the help of their peers.
In early October, representatives from would-be practicum projects pitch their companies to the MBET class. Approximately eight to ten projects are selected through a student vote and consideration by faculty members. MBET students then choose the top three or four practicums in which they would like to be involved, and the practicum coordinator creates teams based on student preferences. This year, ten practicums were chosen, and 94% of MBET students were placed with their first or second choice.
This promising cohort of projects will join the likes of past practicums, with companies such as Clearpath Robotics, ULLO, and Open Text. Take a look at who the companies are, and why they have partnered with MBET:
About the company:
Aereus Technologies is committed to improving infection control by creating innovative and eco-friendly technologies that enhance people’s quality of life, health and overall well-being. The Aereus Shield, a patent process for coating almost any surface with a copper-alloy, is an antimicrobial surface that kills viruses and bacteria in less than two hours. Aereus Technologies is an MBET alumni company.
Identify the market opportunity and competition for a new technology, which is currently in development, as well as other logistical and operational plans.
Practicum team: Marian Hernandez, Pablo Carbajal Siller, Fabio Bertozzi, Thomas Chona, Volha Belaya, and Mauricio Dezen.
About the company:
BreadCrumb Tracking makes managing mobile workers easier. Mobile staff sign into a free app and their hours worked are automatically tracked, making for easier payroll with fewer support staff costs. Among other features, BreadCrumb Tracking offers a complete job flow management suite, allows work orders to be sent to staff, staff to make updates about the progress of jobs, and communicates about jobs with managers through notes and pictures that are automatically time and date-stamped. BreadCrumb Tracking is an external company.
Create and implement a sales and marketing strategy to target enterprise-level customers in North America, or other emerging markets.
Practicum Team: Rupesh Raghavan, Sarah Tasnia, Luis Varela, and Joseph Tetteh
Clearpath Robotics, a company founded as an MBET practicum project in 2009, is a global leader in the perpetuation of the Robot Operating System (ROS). They are now diversifying their portfolio for the second time (the first being Echostream, also founded as a practicum) by expanding into assistive robotics: the application of robotics to aid the elderly and/or disabled in day-to-day activities. Clearpath Robotics is an MBET alumni company.
Identify a focused product or service offering in a new market, along with researched market valuation, and a marketing and sales plan for commercializing this new technology.
Practicum team: Paul Vomberg, Ashank Rai, Soroush Alipour Nazari, Sarim Haq, and Phillipe St. Pierre
ENGAGE capitalizes on the lack of an innovative global initiative on youth employment by partnering with universities to create an ecosystem of innovation. ENGAGE cultures an ecosystem of collaborative social innovation with a primary emphasis on young people in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. ENGAGE is an internal company.
Design and develop a social financing framework, infrastructure, and programs for the operation of regional on-campus innovation centres.
Practicum team: Qishan Chen, Naser Al-Ardah, Herissa Chan, Asim Khaliq, and Lei Yuan
FunRaisers is a social venture that has created fundraising and engagement solutions for charitable organizations. Charities refer patrons to their charity page on the Funraiser website to accept and process donations. In addition to directing donations to charities, FunRaisers offers a coupon-based fundraising option through which customers can purchase product offer eVouchers from select local retailers. A fixed portion of the proceeds are donated to the charity of the customer's choice. FunRaisers is an external company.
Perfect the business model, pitch to charities and businesses, and improve social media strategy, marketing communications, and sales processes.
Practicum team: Amar Gandhi, Ankita Gulati, and Muhammad Tariq
KoNode is a not-for-profit organization that encourages the creation and distribution of open-source software for e-health applications in hospitals and clinics. They provide a growing library of simple, effective, and low-cost software (apps) to improve efficiency and communication in health-care settings. Apps on KoNode fill in the gaps left by e-Care and older IT systems. KoNode is an external company.
Develop a business model that would lead to a sustainable not-for-profit organization, conduct market research and create an entry strategy, and develop web content and implementation strategy.
Practicum team: Sean McKenna, Emmanuel Kum Bang, Ali Hashim, and April Ma
MAJiK Systems is building real-time production monitoring software for manufacturers. The MAJiK Connect platform consists of an analytics dashboard that visually represents live data, as well as a variety of Operations Management Tools to help continuously improve production. The system aims to help manufacturers react faster to machine downtime, identify which issues are the most costly, quantify machine performance, and determine if actual production is meeting scheduled production so customers can manage their work flows more effectively. MAJiK is an internal company.
Focus will be placed on marketing and pre-sales, including improving web presence, social media, and search engine optimization (SEO) to generate inbound marketing, as well as sales material, strategy, and execution of lead generation with potential customers.
Practicum team: Alvaro Barretto, Mobina Basiri, Kamal Aman, Mike Tatham, and Ali Oliazadeh
Medical Accommodation is a commercial real-estate development firm specifically focused on depressed strip malls and retail locations for the purpose of renovating and reconfiguring these locations into medical clinics. They offer leases the opportunity to operate medical related practices and retail operations out of modern centrally located facilities. Existing mall locations have been identified as the best opportunity for Medical Accommodation, as they are located in mature neighborhood locations and on commuter routes. This offers great store frontage opportunity and convenience for consumers. Medical Accommodation is an internal company.
Develop a full business plan to take to market. Included in this will be developing the brand, everything from the logo to the architectural design for these locations.
Practicum team: Duane Dahonick, Eli Bardikoff, Dan Allison, Nadege Oubda, and Devin Gilburt
Nathan's Exchange (NEX) matches the unused supply of merchant's goods and services with consumers in need, through a competitive bidding process. The platform works as a network, where consumers (currently, university students) post their needs for goods and services and in turn, local vendors from those identified industries bid for that business. NEX is an MBET alumni company.
Business development, marketing, strategy, ideation, market research and validation.
Practicum team: Arif Alarkhia, Ankush Gakhar, Chris McAloney, Vignesh Vengesanam, and Ghadah Hajar
PushStrength (PUSH) is a rapidly growing technology company on the leading edge of wearable devices for fitness. The PUSH armband communicates with a user's phone, transmitting scientifically-validated metrics about each and every rep, helping users optimize their training. The company's clients include the Dallas Stars and Washington Redskins. PushStrength is an internal company.
Practicum objective: Research technical feasibility of a new product, determine market potential, and assist in developing a prototype for the product.
Practicum team: Jonathan Perez Fernandez, Imran Ahmed, Mihika Kashyap, Christopher Forrest, and Shirley Zhou