News archive - September 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

HealthTech, 'urban-air commuting' startups among big winners at Velocity pitch competition

Startups in the fields of biotechnology, energy and urban-air commuting were among the winners of the Velocity Fund Pitch Competition, as the University of Waterloo’s flagship entrepreneurship program brought its marquee event to downtown Toronto for the first time in its history.

The four winners, who each received direct equity investments worth $50,000, were chosen from a slate of 10 finalists who made their pitches in front of a soldout crowd at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday night.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Virtual assistants with personality can help with mental illness

Computer scientists have pioneered a new method that could be used to develop more “natural” automated virtual assistants to help people suffering from mental illness. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

University of Waterloo unveils new Field House

The University of Waterloo has officially opened its new $16.5 million, 65,000 square foot Field House.

Known as the Columbia Icefield Field House, the new facility includes a large, multi-activity turf area, which can be divided into three to accommodate multiple activities simultaneously.

Monday, September 16, 2019

New imaging technology could ‘revolutionize’ cancer surgery

Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by an invention at the University of Waterloo to precisely locate the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them.

The new imaging technology uses the way light from lasers interacts with cancerous and healthy tissues to distinguish between them in real-time and with no physical contact, an advancement with the potential to eliminate the need for secondary surgeries to get missed malignant tissue.

Friday, September 13, 2019

University of Waterloo team to pitch for $1 million at United Nations

A team of recent University of Waterloo alumni is in the running for $1 million and business mentorship at the United Nations with a brand new startup it pivoted to in an English castle business accelerator last month.   

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