Highlights from McGill Montreal Demo Day 2017


After 10 weeks of our rigorous X-1 Accelerator, it was time to show the world what we had accomplished.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted the first of 5 McGill Demo Days. The event took place at Club Soda in downtown Montreal, and packed the whole venue with over 400 people. The next Demo Days will take place in Boston on September 14, followed by San Francisco, Toronto, and New York City. To get tickets for those cities, click here. 

The event started with our Associate Director, Renjie Butalid’s opening remarks, followed by Program Manager, Maher Ayari. They dived into the approach we take here at the McGill Dobson Centre when it comes to any one of our programs – building entrepreneurs, not startups. Those entrepreneurs can then go on to apply their entrepreneurial skills to a variety of useful efforts whether it’s building the next big company, or adding massive value to one. We also talked about some of the characteristics of the talent in this year’s cohort, such as the fact that 2 out of 3 founders were women.

After that, it was time for the startups to take the stage. Here are the 8 teams that presented:

1. 2D-CrystaLab

Ashwaq Al-Hashedi presented 2D-CrystaLab, which manufactures a decontamination toothpaste for safe and effective cleaning of dental implants.

2. Basilisk

Michael Di Genova presented Basilisk, which is a collaborative quiz-creator for students and teachers.

3. Dialysave

Vivian Eberle pitched Dialysave, which 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

Natasha Alani presented Kiffin, – a zero waste, technology enabled, food business offering meals designed as “perks” for employees in small to mid-sized businesses.

5. Pelcro

Michael Ghattas presented Pelcro, which is a compensation platform for digital media.

6. Saccade Analytics

Iman Haji presented Saccade Analytics – medical analytics software that revolutionizes the way doctors diagnose concussion, dizziness, and neuro-degenerative diseases. Read their interview on The Dobson Chronicles here.

7. Will + Zack

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

8. YUMiTRITION

Zoey Li presented Yumibox – a nutrition & food company offering practical and creative food products and solutions to increase whole grain consumption. Read their interview on The Dobson Chronicles here.


If you’re already thinking about being in next year’s Demo Day, here are some reasons you should join the McGill X-1 Accelerator.

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