VeloCity students reaching new heights

Four VeloCity startups win $100,000 and DemoDay ideas take off

VeloCity Venture Fund winners holding giant cheques.At the Velocity Venture Fund on July 25, ten teams of student entrepreneurs took the stage to pitch their tech startups. Four were chosen by VeloCity judges to win $25,000 each and a coveted workspace in the Velocity Garage.

“It started with us writing a few ideas on a whiteboard, and one of them was fingerpainting with music – and from there, we started developing” says Basil Al-Dajane, co-creator of the SoundBrush app and one of the Venture Fund winners. The app allows users to create songs using finger swipes on an iPad.

Other winners included Blacktree, a wristband that monitors stress levels, exercise, diet and sleep; Kite, which gives developers a simple and frictionless way to build and launch web apps; and PlanLeaf, which manages projects through an individual’s email.

Also on July 25, seven student groups vyed for two $1,000 prizes at Velocity’s Demo Day. Taking home the spoils were NeverFrost, a spray-on coating to prevent frost and ice build-up, and Flow, a course planning website for uWaterloo that lets users see course ratings and connect with friends taking the same courses using social media.

Read the full story on the VeloCity blog.

Our question to you: If you had unlimited time and money, what invention or idea would you make a reality?

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