Highlights from McGill Montreal Demo Day 2016

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted the first of three McGill Demo Days in the month of September at Club Soda in downtown Montreal. The next McGill Demo Day will take place in San Francisco on September 22 at The Upload Collective, with the last one in Boston on September 28 at McKinsey & Co.

McGill Montreal Demo Day 2016 at Club Soda in downtown Montreal
McGill Montreal Demo Day 2016 at Club Soda in downtown Montreal

With over 300 people jam packed at the venue, the evening kicked off with opening remarks by Renjie Butalid, Marketing & Operations Advisor, and Prof. Gregory Vit, Director of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, highlighting McGill’s approach to innovation and entrepreneurship, which includes entrepreneurship programs such as the McGill X-1 Accelerator program.

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Left: Renjie Butalid, Marketing & Operations Advisor. Right: Prof. Gregory Vit, Director, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship.

McGill Montreal Demo Day marked the first time the six startups in the 2016 cohort of the McGill X-1 Accelerator program — Appetite, Fractal, FRSH, NXTSENS Microsystems, UGo Smoothies, and VENNDOR — pitched their startups on stage with the hopes of generating public interest, acquiring users, and/or attracting funding from the investors in the audience.

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The 2016 McGill X-1 Accelerator Cohort at McGill Montreal Demo Day

Later in the evening, Maher Ayari, Devon Wilson and Maryam Sabour of the McGill Dobson Student Executive Team (SET), provided remarks on their entrepreneurship experience and involvement with the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, while taking turns introducing one of the McGill X-1 teams in the 2016 cohort.

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Left: Maher Ayari, President (2016-17), McGill Dobson Student Executive Team (SET). Middle: Maryam Sabour, SF Outreach Coordinator, Past President (2015-16) McGill Dobson SET. Right: Devon Wilson, VP Relations (2016-17), McGill Dobson SET.

Farshad Mirshafiei, CEO and Founder of Sensequake, and Margaret Magdesian, CEO and Founder of ANANDA Devices, also took the stage to introduce one of the 2016 McGill X-1 teams as well. Both Sensequake and ANANDA Devices participated in the inaugural cohort of the McGill X-1 Accelerator program last summer.

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Left: Farshad Mirshafiei, CEO and Founder of Sensequake. Right: Margaret Magdesian, CEO and Founder of ANANDA Devices. Both startups participated in the 2015 cohort of the McGill X-1 Accelerator program.

One year on, Farshad and Margaret provided key updates on the progress of their respective companies: ANANDA Devices has recently closed on a significant seed round of funding thanks to the network of mentors and investors connected to the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship; Sensequake has won almost every government grant available in their industry and is on track to generating $500K in annual revenue. Both companies are currently based in Concordia’s District 3 incubator space.

While Margaret could not be at McGill Montreal Demo Day in person, she was able to record a video at the McGill Dobson Centre earlier in the week, introducing NXTSENS on stage.

 

2016 McGill X-1 Accelerator Cohort

Overall, we’re extremely proud of how far our six startups have come from the beginning of the accelerator program back in June. Without further ado, we’re proud to present the following six McGill X-1 Accelerator startups who graduated from this year’s McGill X-1 Accelerator cohort.

Morgan Abraham, CEO and co-founder of UGo Smoothies pitching at 2016 McGill Montreal Demo Day
Morgan Abraham, CEO and co-founder of UGo Smoothies pitching at McGill Montreal Demo Day 2016

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UGo Smoothies is the world’s first automated, all-natural smoothie store.
Learn more: www.ugosmoothies.com

 

Charles Albaut, CEO and co-founder of FRSH
Charles Albaut, CEO and co-founder of FRSH pitching at McGill Montreal Demo Day 2016

2-frshFRSH allows any business to become on-demand in minutes and provide the same experience to its clients. With a fully customizable ordering website and App, anyone can have a presence online with zero start up costs and start taking new orders. Learn more: www.frsh.ca

 

Antoine Neidecker, CEO and co-founder of Fractal pitching at 2016 McGill Montreal Demo Day
Antoine Neidecker, CEO and co-founder of Fractal pitching at McGill Montreal Demo Day 2016

3-fractalFractal is a new way to visualize the web. It is a platform where you can find and share curated sets of links about topics. We aim to improve the way people find information by giving them a holistic perspective about subjects of interest. Learn more: www.8fractals.com

 

Sean Kaiser, CEO and co-founder of Appetite pitching at 2016 McGill Montreal Demo Day
Sean Kaiser, CEO and co-founder of Appetite pitching at McGill Montreal Demo Day 2016

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Appetite is a social platform where people can buy and sell the meals that they prepare in their own kitchens. Learn more: www.eatappetite.com

 

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Charles Allan, CEO and co-founder of NXTSENS Microsystems pitching at McGill Montreal Demo Day 2016

5-nxtsensNXTSENS Microsystems strives to optimize hospital efficiency by offering next generation medical devices. Our product detects early symptoms of Acute Compartment Syndrome through an implantable swelling monitor paired with an iOS device for better outcomes. Learn more: www.nxtsens.com

 

Julien Marlatt, CEO and co-founder of Venndor pitching at 2016 McGill Montreal Demo Day
Julien Marlatt, CEO and co-founder of Venndor pitching at McGill Montreal Demo Day 2016

6-venndorVENNDOR is the first mobile classifieds app that matches buyers and sellers for pre-owned items at a mutually beneficial price, while eliminating the burden of negotiation. Learn more: www.getvenndor.com

 

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Photography by: Arcouette&Co. photos

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Renjie Butalid

Renjie Butalid is the Associate Director of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship where he oversees the Dobson Centre’s entrepreneurship and mentorship programs including: the McGill Lean Startup Program, the McGill Dobson Cup, the McGill X-1 Accelerator program, and The Dobson Chronicles.