CS start-up Safi receives $15,000 grant from Up Start program

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Ten teams of students and researchers commercializing their novel technologies have received a boost of $15,000 each from Waterloo Ventures, administered by Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo) and Velocity’s Up Start program.  

The teams will access funding and business advisory support to facilitate commercialization of their products, which range from advancements in cancer screening and time saving software for emergency room nurses to increased efficiencies in construction and for electric vehicles. 

One of those teams was Safi, a milk pasteurization start-up consisting of Computer Science students that has been making headlines in the last year. 

Through Up Start funding and advisory support, the company expects to expand its focus and develop software to collect dairy data that governments can use to ensure milk safety.  

“We want to go even further with validation and user testing because pasteurization and the supply chain is complex,” Turuta says. “We’re planning a much bigger pilot and will use Up Start to maximize our success.” 

Read the full article from Waterloo News to learn more about Safi and the other 9 winners of the Up Start program.