McGill X-1 Weekly Recap Series | Week 4 (2016)

With another short week ahead of them, our 6 startups came in on Monday, refreshed and ready to amp up their progress as the halfway point of the accelerator quickly approaches. With the foundations of the program laid down in the past 3 weeks, week 4 was the point at which the teams would start personalizing the program to their own needs.

Margaret Magdesian, founder and CEO of ANANDA
Margaret Magdesian, founder and CEO of ANANDA

Bright and early on Monday morning, we were joined by Margaret Magedesian, founder and CEO of ANANDA, and McGill X-1 Accelerator alumni. She started with a delightful discussion regarding her process in developing her own company, and reinforced the importance of hustling as a startup founder. Margaret started out as a researcher in the Department of Physics at McGill, with ANANDA, her startup dedicated to developing biomedical micro-devices, as a side project. Upon succeeding in the 2014 McGill Dobson Cup and completing the 2015 McGill X-1 Accelerator, she decided to shift her focus solely onto her company. After sharing her story, Margaret provided crucial feedback to each startup based on their pitches and offered her advice for the teams moving forward.

Etienne Caron, Google Developer Expert, discussing with NXTSENS
Etienne Caron, Google Developer Expert, speaking with NXTSENS

On Tuesday, the startups welcomed Etienne Caron, a Google Developer Expert and Mobile Developer Lead at Shopify. With great expertise in mobile application development and a vast range of experiences working with leading tech savvy organizations, it was an excellent opportunity for our startups to have his knowledge imparted upon them. His discussion focused on software scaling and the creation of mobile platforms.

Daniel Robichaud, founder and CEO of PasswordBox
Daniel Robichaud, founder and CEO of PasswordBox

The last speaker of the week was Daniel Robichaud, founder and CEO of PasswordBox, a rapidly growing Montreal based company. Daniel was born an entrepreneur, developing startups from a very early age, and is one of few people who can say his first startup was successfully acquired by a Global Fortune 500 corporation. Now, focused on his company Password Box, which has grown exponentially in the past 2 years, Daniel strives to have the company reach the goal of 1 billion users. Sharing his passion with the startups, he drove home the points of successful product development, and developing focused goals.

We cannot believe that we are already entering week 5 of X-1! Nonetheless, we are excited to have you following along the journey of our startups. As always, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates, and check back in next week to keep up with the McGill X-1 Accelerator.

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Sanjana Desai

Sanjana Desai is a third year Bachelor of Commerce Student in the Desautels Faculty of Management. Sanjana was previously the Dobson Relations Coordinator (Summer 2016), responsible for all communications between startups, judges, and McGill Alumni.