Pitching to win

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Pitching to win

In a dazzling display of innovation at this year's Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Awards for Capstone Design, senior engineering teams from the Faculty of Engineering brought forth groundbreaking projects to compete for substantial funding to fuel their entrepreneurial dreams. Out of the ten formidable teams, two remarkable groups from the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering (MME) stream notably clinched victory.

The teams participating in this fantastic event enthusiastically presented their projects within a strict three-minute time limit. Among the winners were:

Bexter Team

bexter team

The Bexter team, comprised of members Ihn Hwan Kim, Daeun Han, Dylan Policelli, Stephen Del Grosso Milek, and Osose Itua, who impressed with their at-home robot designed to aid non-verbal autistic children in communication through an Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) board.

SmartWalker Team


The SmartWalker team, with members Andrea Chakma, Kamila Neliba, Lania Philia Terisno, Joanna Diao, and Longchen (Mason) Niu. Their project focused on an assistive device equipped with smart grip and obstacle detection technologies, aiming to make rollators safer for users.

After labouring on their Capstone Design projects for several months, both on-campus and remotely, these MME teams have proven their mettle, promising a bright future in the realm of innovation. For a detailed narrative of their journey and achievements, watch out for the feature "Pitching to win".