Transplant startup takes home $35,000 at Velocity Fund Finals
Second time's a charm for returning competitor A-Line Orthopaedics.
Second time's a charm for returning competitor A-Line Orthopaedics.By University Relations
A-Line Orthopaedics, a company developing implants for safer and faster surgeries, was one of the four big winners at the 21st staging of the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) held at the University of Waterloo.
Velocity, which this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, is a comprehensive entrepreneurship program at Waterloo providing the resources and mentorship to help founders initiate and incubate high-growth startups.
A-Line Orthopaedics, founded by Tim Lasswell, who earned a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Waterloo in 2017 and his partner Parham Rasoulinejad, have been designing minimally invasive implants for spinal surgeries.
In addition to winning one of the grand prizes of $25,000, A-Line Orthopaedics also copped the top hardware company prize, worth $10,000.
A-Line Orthopaedics started out as part of Lasswell’s master’s thesis at Waterloo in 2016. He entered the VFF $25K pitch competition last fall but was not among the winners, only to return and claim top prize in the winter staging as the team focuses on commercialization.
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