Students to pitch projects for $60,000 in funding

Monday, April 1, 2019

Waterloo Engineering student teams will have 90 seconds to win over judges as they pitch their inventive ideas April 2 to compete for $60,000 in funding.

Judges selected the 14 finalists for the sixth-annual Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Awards for Capstone Design from over 50 applicants who participated in the Capstone Design symposia recently held on campus. The event showcased more than 150 projects that over 700 senior engineering students spent months designing and building.

Projects to be pitched include a nanotechnology-enabled solution to erase unwanted tattoos, a panelized housing technology that addresses the Canadian Indigenous housing crisis and technology that uses fibre from waste tires to remove hydrocarbons in stormwater runoff.

The emcee for the event is Matt Stevens, a Waterloo Engineering alumnus and CEO of FleetCarma.

The Esch Foundation funds the awards, which support creative and entrepreneurial students in the pursuit of research and development and its commercialization for the benefit of Canada.

Date: Tuesday, April 2 2019

Time: 1 p.m. -- Project Viewing   1:30 p.m. -- Pitch Competition

Location: 2nd Floor Event Space, Engineering 7, University of Waterloo

Projects to be pitched

  • Pulse Home: panelized construction technology developed in partnership with Canadian Indigenous communities that addresses the housing crisis on reserves
  • Solarity: a clean energy solar cooker designed for families to safely use during cloudy days and at night
  • Beach Cleaning Automated: an autonomous cleaning solution that can eliminate waste from beach fronts before it enters the water
  • Augeo Medical: integrated smart sensing socket system that alerts amputees to a poor fit with a lower-limb prosthetic
  • Stacktronic: inexpensive plug-and-play battery system targeted to industrial equipment companies, design teams and research groups
  • Hive: an app that connects students with a peer mentor to help them navigate their university experience
  • Microneedle Tattoo Removal:  minimally invasive, painless and inexpensive option  that uses a dissolvable microneedle patch to decolourize the ink
  • OleoTech: technology that uses fibre from waste tires to remove hydrocarbons in stormwater runoff
  • Atlas Medical: variable stiffness mattress to prevent pressure injuries in bedridden patients
  • Pearl: intraoral camera designed for home use to detect plaque in the mouth
  • Reka: speech synthesis technology designed to improve the speed and quality of speech of individuals who face challenges expressing themselves verbally
  • Hydrophobic Paper nontoxic and biodegradable packaging made from nano-materials  that’s a sustainable alternative to plastic wrap
  • Drugless Driving: technology that uses a breath test compatible with multiple drug-detection devices to measure the level of impairment in an individual
  • Stellar Care: mobile application to improve the communication between family caregivers and home care nurses for continuity of patient care