Four with engineering ties included in Forbes 30 Under 30

Monday, December 14, 2020

Young entrepreneurs who studied at Waterloo Engineering and launched companies to fill a void in the marketplace are part of Forbes 30 Under 30 for 2021.

Jonathon Dos Santos (BASc ’14, nanotechnology engineering) co-founded Stromcore Energy in 2015. The company uses the latest in electric vehicle

Jonathon Dos Santos
technology to produce universally compatible lithium-ion batteries for heavy-duty vehicles like forklifts.

Jonathon Dos Santos, co-founder of Stromcore Energy 

Jack Forbes (BASc ’16, management engineering) co-founded Kopa, a startup that evolved from his fourth-year Capstone

Jack Forbes
Design project, then known as PadPiper. Kopa, an app to help co-op students find reliable housing, graduated from Y Combinator in spring 2019 and has earned over $1 million USD in venture capital seed funding.

Jack Forbes company evolved from his 2016 Capstone Design project


After spending seven years at Facebook, Sachin Monga, who studied systems design engineering at Waterloo, co-founded the app Cocoon described as a “private and cozy corner” for friend groups and families to connect. Cocoon’s profile has expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic that has prompted  friends and families to find new, digital ways to connect.

Sachin Monga co-founded the app Cocoon

Artem Pasyechnyk (BSE ’14) left Facebook in 2018 to co-found

Artem Pasyechnyk
Canis, which produces software designed to assist cannabis retailers with cultivation, compliance regulation and daily operations. Currently serving more than 750 facilities, Canix has raised $1.5 million USD to date.

Artem Pasyechnyk, a software engineering alumnus, co-founded Canis  

Forbes 30 Under 30 is a set of lists issued annually by Forbes magazine and some of its regional editions. In total, eight with ties to the University of Waterloo made one of the lists for 2021. [Full story]