Who will bring home the McGill Dobson Cup 2017?

After 4 consecutive days of pitches in the Semi-Finals of the McGill Dobson Cup 2017 powered by National Bank, we’re excited to announce the 40 startups moving on to the Finals on March 22, 2017 where over $100,000 in seed funding will be awarded to the most promising McGill startups.

From February 14 to 17, 121 McGill teams pitched their startups to world-class judges and mentors who had the herculean task of choosing the top ten Finalists for each Track: Health Sciences, Social Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise.

Given the nature of the startup competition, we recognize that it is quite likely that some of the teams not moving on to the Finals of the McGill Dobson Cup 2017 will go on to create successful companies. There are many ways to create a successful company and beyond the McGill Dobson Cup, here are a number of resources to help all McGill startup teams move their companies forward.

– Market Research Workshop – February 23, 2017
– Startup Financials – March 7, 2017
– Startup Legals & Protecting your IP – March 9, 2017
– Social Media Marketing for Startups – March 16, 2017
– Early stage mentorship
– Later stage mentorship
– Compass Startup Legal Clinic
– McGill CB Insights

In addition, later stage McGill startups may want to consider applying to the upcoming McGill X-1 Accelerator program this summer. For those who are still exploring the early stages of their idea, the McGill Lean Startup Program in the Fall is also an option.

McGill startup founders and teams interacting with judges during the reception and meet & greet – Small & Medium Enterprise Track Semi-Finals, February 16, 2017

View all team photos from the Semi-Finals of the McGill Dobson Cup 2017 on Facebook here.

Health Sciences Track Finalists

1. 2D-CrystaLab: 2D-CrystaLab brings crystal nanotechnology to clinical practice. It manufactures specialized toothpaste for cleaning dental implants.

2. BG Therapeutics: BG Therapeutics is a Canadian biomedical startup company built on a platform technology based on a patent-pending sol-gel technology for making bioactive borate glasses.

3. Blühen: Allowing small businesses to blossom with the cannabis industry by facilitating the local production of dosed extract for smokeless products

4. Cardio Link: Cardio Link is a group of motivated individuals who have come together to create innovative devices and technologies that aid in cardiac surgery and health care.

5. Dialysave: Dialysave is an affordable, user-friendly and portable hemodialysis machine designed for CKD patients who require renal replacement therapy in developing nations. Dialysave addresses the need for accessible dialysis treatment.

6. Doctor Pocket: Doctor Pocket is an iOS and Android app that lets users connect to a network of elite medical specialists.

7. eNuvio inc.: eNuvio inc. is developing lab-on-a-chip technologies designed to empower scientists working in the life science and drug development research industries by automating the acquisition of high resolution scientific data.

8. HeartGrid: For patients suffering from depression and heart problems, we remove the systematic need of their doctor visits by providing a means to capture their daily mental and physical health progression autonomously.

9. Saccade Analytics: Saccade Analytics identifies diseases from eye and head movement patterns, helping doctors perform quick, efficient, and non-invasive diagnosis.

10. Sano: Sano is a mobile health engagement platform that uses precision testing to deliver customized health plans for individuals to combat chronic disease. Combining digital health technologies with personalized care to allow deliver a basic human need: Health

Social Enterprise Track Finalists

1. Community Art: We break down barriers to the arts for local high school artists by providing exposure, art supplies, scholarships and other opportunities so that their full potential can be realized.

2. E2 Adventures: We teach high school students about responsible consumption. We organize industrial field trips along value chains, starting at factories and ending at landfills or recyclers.

3. ECOBRIQUE Africa: The ECOBRIQUE project transforms non-biodegradable wastes into a valorized product addressing pressing environmental issues and creating new economic opportunities.

4. GradLounge: GradLounge drives better research through a scalable web-based platform for graduate students, connecting researchers with one another to solve their research problems by breaking down academic knowledge silos.

5. Protera Farms: Protera Farms proposes to meet the challenge of feeding +2 billion people in 2050 through the development of insect farming for human consumption and animal feed in West Africa.

6. Recycl3D: Our goal is to transform the value chain of 3D printing into a value cycle by recycling 3D printing and plastic waste into new filament.

7. Speakeasy: Speakeasy is a mobile app that allows university students to instantly and anonymously access a network of mentors in their community who provide early support for depression and anxiety.

8. ThriveHere: ThriveHere offers an end-to-end, peer-based mentorship program, in order to facilitate an enriched transition experience and long-term academic success for students within post-secondary education, while reducing educational inequalities.

9. WakeUp: WakeUp’s mission is to provide a digital platform that promotes active participation in civic engagement and the organization of local change-making events.

10. WelcomeHomeTO: Connecting resources, people, and organizations who support refugees: WHTO is a group of professionals from various disciplines with the shared goal of supporting the best settlement experience for new Canadians, starting with resettled refugees in Toronto.

Small & Medium Enterprise Track Finalists

1. Apollo: Apollo has the potential to increase interactive learning by providing innovative solutions through one to one educational services.

2. BonAprt: Facilitate, on a daily basis, the relationship between the tenant and the owner of an apartment, via a dynamic social platform and allowing them to promote themselves on this platform.

3. Candy Cutlery: Candy Cutlery is an innovative food startup that aims to create flavourful, functional and environmentally-friendly food products to enhance user eating experiences.

4. Encorre: Encorre is an online marketplace connecting musicians for hire with people hosting events in Toronto and Montreal – expanding soon. We make it easier for amateur musicians to gain traction.

5. Inkling & Company: With Inkling, customers can craft their way to their perfect notebook any time of the day from anywhere in the world.

6. Mandala Cheese: We produce a growing range of ripened, artisanal, organic, non-dairy cheeses: cheddar, brie and parmesan. We seek to bring the pleasures of the cheeseboard to the non-dairy world.

7. Myco-Rise: At Myco-Rise we transform organic sources of post-consumer and agricultural waste into nutritionally dense and delicious gourmet mushrooms for everyone to enjoy.

8. PairUp: PairUp is an online platform for connecting temporary vacancies with local property management.

9. Vezza: Vezza is a vegetable-based frozen pizza kit made with healthy ingredients and that provides a clean label packed with flavour, innovation and customization options.

10. Will + Zack: For women that want the perfect fit, Will + Zack offers elegant, made-to-measure womenswear that suits them perfectly.

Innovation Driven Enterprise Track Finalists

1. AeroPropre: AeroPropre is an innovation driven startup which aim to improve air care system by providing effective and efficient solution to improve air quality.

2. Audible Reality: Audible Reality develops revolutionary and disruptive technology that enables the creation of 3D audio for immersive media (virtual or augmented reality) and spatialized communications.

3. BuildKit: BuildKit is a Cloud Execution Platform which makes complete software solutions accessible through a Web Browser from anywhere. Team collaboration, sharing and going back in time are one click away.

4. FamKeepa: FamKeepa offers a web-based shopping service, allowing migrants to buy goods and services for their relatives who live in their countries of origin, without sending cash and incurring significant costs.

5. Fertile Crescent: Fertile Crescent provides spatial maps to assist farmers with crop management. Satellite data is processed into information products quantifying crop development and health, aiding farmers with strategic usage of resources.

6. Immersed: Immersed is an app that generates tailored learning material for language learners to improve their vocabulary without allocating extra time in their schedule while continuously engaging them throughout the day.

7. Katchup: Katchup radically simplifies e-education by providing a modern web-based platform to navigate online lecture content using speech recognition and natural language processing.

8. Keenoa: The bridge to efficiency, Keenoa is a user-friendly web application for dietitians to view and access their patients’ Fitbit food tracker app information.

9. ModWind Technologies: Manufacturing, marketing and installing of small-scale vertical wind energy solutions adapted to the Canadian North, these solutions are off-grid and low cost.

10. Quantum Republic Inc.: Quantum Republic’s Firenet service will deliver next-generation high-speed Internet to individuals and businesses across a robust, self-sufficient network reimagined for the future.

Best of luck to all the McGill startups competing in the Finals of the McGill Dobson Cup 2017 powered by National Bank on March 22, 2017. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on March 30, 2017. RSVP to attend the Awards Ceremony here.

Photo credit: All photos for McGill Dobson Cup 2017 powered by National Bank taken by Arcouette&Co.

Photo credit for cover photo: Nicolas Briner Photography

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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.