A startup company co-founded by Waterloo Engineering professor Michael Pope recently won $25,000 in seed funding in a pitch competition meant to encourage Canadian innovation.
Evercloak, a cleantech startup that specializes in manufacturing ultra-thin graphene and other 2D nanomaterial films, took first place in the environment and electrification development category of the Ontario Power Generation Ignite contest.
At least six former Waterloo Engineering students have made prestigious 30 Under 30 lists compiled by Forbes magazine for 2019.
Alex Rodrigues, 23, Brandon Moak, 23, Darren Fung, 28, Greta Cutulenco, 27, Praveen Arichandran, 28, and Ari Paunonen, 29, are among 600 of the “brashest entrepreneurs” in Canada and the United States selected to 30-member lists in 20 categories.
It was a clean sweep today as startups with ties to Waterloo Engineering went home with the entire $130,000 up for grabs at the Velocity Fund Finals.
Engineering students, alumni and faculty were on teams that took all nine awards at the popular pitch event, which is staged three times a year by the Velocity entrepreneurship program at the University of Waterloo.
Exceptional students were recognized along with accomplished graduates and a longtime corporate supporter as Waterloo Engineering staged its 2018 Awards Dinner for more than 400 people this week.
In addition to hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students cited for excelling in academic and extracurricular pursuits, the annual event at Federation Hall honoured alumni in four categories and a company with a history of backing researchers and students.
Waterloo Engineering research received a boost with the awarding of two Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) included in a national announcement to help “keep Canadian research at the forefront of discovery today and in the future.”