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Two teams linked with Faculty of Mathematics reach final of Concept $5K startup competition

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Six members of team SAFI in a Zoom screenshot

Two entrepreneurial teams with links to the Faculty of Mathematics advanced to the final of the bi-annual Concept $5K challenge, which is hosted by the Velocity startup incubator.

One of the math-linked teams is SAFI a startup that is producing hand-held pasteurization devices for herders and farmers. The product helps herders to make milk safer, and the name of the company is derived from the Swahili word for 'pure' and 'safe.' The team consists of Waterloo double degree students Miraal Kabir, Alex Shehdula, Daria Margarit and Martin Turuta. The team also includes Hanna Rao from McMaster University and Kiana Dhindsa from Wilfrid Laurier University. They had earlier this year placed first in the Challenge4ClimateAction competition.

The second math-linked team is House AI. This startup provides data analytics solutions to the healthcare industry, leveraging the team's experience in machine learning and artificial intelligence. The team consists of Waterloo computer science student Matthew Jiao, Waterloo computer engineering student Adam Lam, and Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry student Amrit Bhogal.

The final round of judging for the spring 2021 edition of the Concept $5K competition is set to take place on July 29. More details and tickets for the final are available on the Concept website.