Awarded $25,000 at Communitech Fierce Founders Pitch Competition!
The Faculty of Environment congratulates SERS graduate student Lauren Smith, for wining second place and $25,000 in funding at the Communitech Fierce Founders Bootcamp Pitch Competition for her company PolyGone. Lauren Smith teamed up with GEM alumnus Nicole Balliston to tackle the issue of microfibre pollution using PolyGone Filter sheets and PolyGone Filters. The sheets can be thrown into the washing machine with your laundry and the filters can be installed in washing machine or industrial pipes to capture plastic microfibres and prevent them from getting into water and food supplies. The PolyGone team is working to make a better future for all and their work applies to three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: SDG 14 Life Below Water, SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production.
Lauren and Nicole have engaged with several parts of the local University of Waterloo entrepreneurial ecosystem. PolyGone received support from Velocity Science and the Water Institute, joined Communitech and competed in several pitch competitions both on and off campus. In 2018 PolyGone won second place at the Jack Rosen Memorial Award competition, won first place at the Big Ideas Challenge through St. Paul's GreenHouse, and pitched at the Velocity Fund Finals. They were also the Canadian winners of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation – Youth Innovation Challenge competition and represented Canada at the North American competition in Oklahoma. We are very excited and proud of both Lauren and Nicole and cannot wait to see how they change the world!
Find out more about PolyGone on their website: https://www.polygonetechnologies.com/.