Startup Spotlight: Uvolt

Editors Note: Uvolt is a Montreal-based clean tech startup co-founded by Antony Diaz and McGill student Marc-Antoine Bonin. Antony and Marc-Antoine competed in the McGill Dobson Cup 2016 where they made it to the Semi-Finals. Since then, the duo have had an impressive list of accomplishments, including making it to the Finals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) 2016, winning First Place in the iPitch 2016 Competition, a feature on Uvolt published in La Presse, and the opportunity to represent Canada at the Hello Tomorrow Challenge in Paris where Uvolt was named one of the Top 50 startups worldwide in the energy sector. Uvolt now has a team of a dozen people working day and night to bring their product to market. Their goal is to make renewable energy more accessible and practical in your everyday life.

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Antony Diaz (left) and Marc-Antoine Bonin (right), co-founders of Uvolt, competing in the McGill Dobson Cup 2016.

Uvolt has revealed the design of its first product, the Uvolt Watch. It is the only watch that can charge a mobile device thanks to wireless and solar energy. Its first model is a metallic watch with a great look and a slick design. Readers of The Dobson Chronicles have the opportunity to win a free Uvolt Watch by simply voting for your favourite model and sharing the referral link: www.uvolt.ca/vote

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You can win a Uvolt Watch by voting for your favorite model and sharing the referral link www.uvolt.ca/vote

The situation that frustrates most smartphone users is the battery life. The Uvolt Watch seeks to solve that problem. It contains a small power bank inside the watch, which is easily removable and can be plugged directly into your phone. There are also batteries stored inside the watch’s metal bracelet, which accumulate the surplus of energy from wireless charging and solar power.

Marc-Antoine Bonin (left) and Antony Diaz (right), co-founders of Uvolt representing Canada at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit in Paris, October 13-14, 2016. Uvolt was named one of the Top 50 startups worldwide in the energy sector.
Marc-Antoine Bonin (left) and Antony Diaz (right), co-founders of Uvolt representing Canada at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit in Paris, October 13-14, 2016. Uvolt was named one of the Top 50 startups worldwide in the energy sector.

The Uvolt Watch gets its energy from wireless charging stations and sunlight. It can be charged on a wireless charger during the night and it harvests solar energy continuously throughout the day as well. In a day, you can harvest enough energy to charge about 50% of an iPhone 6’s battery, which is sometimes all you need to escape a music-free bus ride or to be able to use Google Maps for a few more hours to get to your destination.

Uvolt is on a mission to empower change by making renewable energy sources more accessible in our everyday life. Learn more about Uvolt and Antony’s story from his talk at WeDay Montreal (video above).

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Applications are now open for the McGill Dobson Cup 2017 and will be accepted until 11:59PM EST January 18, 2017. 

Inspired by Uvolt‘s story?

Do you have a startup idea and have been wanting to make it happen? Applications are now open for the McGill Dobson Cup 2017!

The McGill Dobson Cup is McGill’s premier startup competition where over $100,000 are awarded every year as seed funding to McGill startups across 4 Tracks: Innovation Driven Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, Social Enterprise, and Health Sciences.

For guidelines and registration, please visit www.mcgill.ca/dobsoncup

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.