WatSolve team wins Fusion Conference case competition

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Winners from the Fusion case competition holding a large blue cheque.Three delegates represented the WatSolve Consulting Group, a pro-bono student-based consulting group within the University of Waterloo’s Science and Business Program at this year’s Fusion Case Conference. The team tied for first place, receiving a $1,500 cash prize.

The WatSolve delegates (and proud Science and Business students), Lawrentina D’Souza, Jonathan Paribello and Jacqueline Schuetz were joined by Biomedical Sciences student, Anh Le, to compete in the annual Fusion Conference held Saturday, September 29th, 2018. Students from varying disciplines and years of study competed, showcasing their diversity, collaboration and innovative thought.

“Students from Science, Business, and other STEM fields came together for this year’s Fusion Conference. The case competition was a competitive atmosphere, with ideas filling the room and delegates’ rising to the challenge in the friendliest manner”, said Sinthusha Sivakumaran, a Fusion Conference 2018 Co-chair.

Fusion participants analyzed a case based on this year’s theme, Blueprint to the Future that emphasized disruptive technologies. The case was then presented to a panel of three judges comprised of faculty members and guest speakers at the conference. 

Three students busy on their laptops preparing their case.

Prior to presenting, each team had just three hours to prepare their presentations recommending a company for investment within the following fields: pharmaceutical, medical technology, biotechnology, oil and energy, financial technology or artificial intelligence.

“Being at Fusion was my first time at a case competition, so I didn’t know what to expect but I feel that our Science and Business Workshops certainly prepared us. We were able to critically analyze companies, work under pressure, connect cohesively as a team, deliver a sound presentation and ultimately provide strong market evidence as to why the investment should be in Nicoya and what the investment would be used towards. The experience of being with my WatSolve and Science and Business peers was the perfect cherry on top of the win!” Said D’Souza.

WatSolve’s winning pitch was presented on Nicoya LIFESCIENCES, a biotechnology company that is disrupting the industry with the world’s first benchtop SPR (Surface Plasmon Resonance), providing real-time data in a low maintenance and user-friendly way.