Science entrepreneurs to compete at the 2017 Spring Velocity Fund Finals

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Cartoon of a figure pitching to an audience.

Seven Science entrepreneurs and companies will be competing for $125,000 at the Spring Velocity Fund Final on Thursday. 

The Velocity Fund Final is a pitch competition that offers startups $375,000 in equity-free funding each year through its three Velocity Fund Finals. Startups have a chance to win a share of $125,000 in seed money and space at the Velocity Garage.

Students will have three minutes to propose a solution to a problem, and demonstrate the market opportunity, traction and ability of the team to succeed. 

Eleven companies will be competing in the $25K competition for one of four prizes. Judges will present one winner with an additional $10,000 for the top hardware or science pitch. Another 10 early-stage startups will compete for one of three awards of $5,000.

These are the Science students and Velocity Science companies competing for $25K in funding.

Chasr Athletics builds smart athletic training systems that help coaches and teams to optimize their training techniques. The Chasr cone automatically times and paces athletes through their training drills while also collecting biometric data.

  • Christian Mastromattei, MSc in Physics ’17
  • Mark McDonell, Mechanical Engineering (McMaster) ’16
  • Andrew Leest, MA Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology ’17

Epoch is a skills and services marketplace that connects refugees and community members, using time as a means of exchange.

  • Lisa Tran, Science and Business '17
  • Jade Choy, Accounting & Financial Management '16
  • Keith Choy, MA Accounting '16
  • Kaivalya Gandi, 4A Software Engineering
  • Sahil Jain, 4A Software Engineering
  • Ayush Bhagat, 4A Software Engineering
  • Jessica Tam, 4B Arts & Business
  • Komal Javed, 3B Global Arts & Digital Arts
  • Angie Kwan, Accounting & Financial Management '16
  • Milly Botes, Philosophy (Cambridge) '15
  • HK Jayakumar, 4A Software Engineering

Innovative Protein Technologies is a biotechnology company dedicated to developing eco-friendly crop protection products. Their first product, Frost Armour, protects crops against frost damage during the spring growing season.

  • Erin Laidley, Biology '16
  • Tom Keeling, Molecular & Cellular Biology (Guelph), '13
  • Dan Krska, Biophysics (Guelph) '14

NanoCnet has developed Nanosilvex, a highly flexible, conductive and cost-effective nanomaterial for use in conductive thin films, a key component of touch panels, displays and wearable electronics.

  • Hadi Hosseinzadeh, PhD Nanotechnology Engineering '13
  • Ehsan Marzbandrad, PhD Nanotechnology Engineering '15

Tricolops saves online retailers time and money through a seamless platform for dimensioning, packing and shipping.

  • Chau-Minh Phan, PhD Vision Science '16
  • Hendrik Walther, PhD Vision Science '17
  • Han Qiao, MSc Vision Science '17
  • Debbie Wu, PhD Nanotechnology Engineering '16
  • Mengxi Zhu, Mechantronics Engineering '14
  • Chun Tang, MASc Electrical & Computer Engineering (Queen's) '11
  • Amber Ma, 2B Mechatronics Engineering

Vena Medical is making navigating through arteries faster, easier and safer by providing physicians with a camera that see through blood.

  • Phillip Cooper, Mechanical Engineering '17
  • Michael Phillips, Mechanical Engineering '17

VivaSpire is making lightweight wearable machines that purify oxygen from the air, without the need for high pressure.

  • John Grousopoulos, Nanotechnology Engineering '17
  • Chris Hajduk, Nanotechnology Engineering '17

The other companies competing in the $25K competition are: Altius Analytics Labs, Babylon VR and Dynalist.

The judging panel for the Velocity Fund $25K competition includes:

  • Seth Bannon; Founding Partner, Fifty Years
  • Dianne Carmichael; Chief Advisor of Health Tech, Council of Canadian Innovators
  • Eric Migicovsky; Visiting Partner, Y Combinator
  • Tomi Poutanen; Co-CEO, Layer 6 AI

The $5K competition begins at 11 a.m. and the $25K competition starts after lunch at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Student Learning Centre or via the livestream.