Introducing the McGill X-1 Accelerator 2017 Cohort

After a month-long recruitment period (March 30 to April 30, 2017) followed by a week-long review and interview process, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is delighted to announce the 8 McGill startup companies who will form this year’s McGill X-1 Accelerator 2017 cohort. 

A few notes regarding the 8 companies in this year’s McGill X-1 2017 program:

1. Almost all 8 companies have had an interaction with the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship prior to applying for the McGill X-1 Accelerator. In this year’s cohort, we have previous winners and participants of the McGill Dobson Cup, as well as graduates of the McGill Lean Startup Program.

This tells us that our approach of entrepreneurship as a learning journey is working. This learning environment that spans our range of entrepreneurship workshops & events throughout the Fall and Winter semesters, the McGill Lean Startup Program, the McGill Dobson Cup and the McGill X-1 Accelerator, is strongly supported by our growing McGill entrepreneur-, alumni-, and startup-mentorship networks. 

Our entrepreneurship programs at the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship are strongly supported by our growing McGill entrepreneur-, alumni-, and startup-mentorship networks

2. The 8 startups in this year’s McGill X-1 cohort come from a variety of backgrounds and industries: 3 are medical technology startups and 2 are food-based startups, with 1 education technology startup, 1 advertising technology startup and 1 fashion & retail startup. 

3. There are also more women participating in this year’s McGill X-1 cohort than men. We aim to have similar ratios of representation among women entrepreneurs as speakers, mentors and workshop facilitators throughout the McGill X-1 2017 program this year.

McGill X-1 Accelerator 2017 Teams

1. 2D-CrystaLab

2D-CrystaLab manufactures a decontamination toothpaste for safe and effective cleaning of dental implants.

 

2. Basilisk

Basilisk is a collaborative quiz-creator for students and teachers.

 

3. Dialysave

Dialysave addresses the growing need for accessible dialysis with its affordable hemodialysis machine designed for developing nations. Read their interview on The Dobson Chronicles here.

 

4. Kiffin

Zero waste, technology enabled, food business offering meals designed as “perks” for employees in small to mid-sized businesses.

 

5. Pelcro

Pelcro is a compensation platform for digital media.

 

6. Saccade Analytics

Saccade Analytics’ software revolutionizes the way doctors diagnose concussion, dizziness, and neuro-degenerative diseases.

Read their interview on The Dobson Chronicles here.

 

7. Will + Zack

For professional women who want a wardrobe that reflects their professionalism, Will + Zack provides tailored workwear suited to their life.

 

8. YUMiTRITION

A professional nutrition & food company offering practical and creative food products and solutions to increase whole grain consumption.

Read their interview on The Dobson Chronicles here.

 

Edit (10:59AM EDT, May 11, 2017): We inadvertently announced 9 teams accepted into the McGill X-1 Accelerator 2017 program. There are now 8 teams accepted into the McGill X-1 Accelerator 2017.

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Renjie Butalid

Renjie Butalid is the Marketing & Operations Advisor for the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship where he oversees the Dobson Centre's entrepreneurship programs at McGill, including: the McGill Lean Startup Program, the $100K annual startup competition McGill Dobson Cup, the McGill X-1 Accelerator program, and The Dobson Chronicles.