Announcing the L’Oréal-Dobson Startup Award

We’re excited to announce the inaugural L’Oréal-Dobson Startup Award to be presented at this year’s McGill Dobson Cup 2017 powered by National Bank.

Valued at $12,000, this award will be given to one team or split between two or more deserving teams competing in this year’s startup competition, who demonstrate innovative ideas in the areas of green chemistry, material and health sciences to support future hair and skin applications.

Teams across all four tracks of the startup competition – Health Sciences, Social Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise – that present innovative ideas in the areas of green chemistry, material and health sciences, are eligible to win the prize.

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While the L’Oréal-Dobson Startup Award marks the first collaboration between the company and the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Desautels Faculty of Management, L’Oréal and McGill University already have a strong history of working together.

master research agreement is in force between McGill University and L’Oréal, with existing research and innovation collaborations and publications with the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Science in the areas of chemistry, sustainability, smart materials, pharmacology and neurosciences.

In addition, the L’Oréal Global Director of Open Research, Dr. Lionel Breton, is an Affiliate Professor with the Department of Pharmacology and Immunology; the Scientific Director of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre, Professor Brigitte Kieffer, received the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in 2014. 

As a company, L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 105 years. With its unique international portfolio of 32 diverse and complementary brands, L’Oreal is the world’s leading beauty company. Research and innovation is at the core of L’Oréal’s strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L’Oréal’s new sustainability commitment for 2020: Sharing Beauty With All, sets out ambitious sustainable development objectives across the Group’s value chain.

Renjie Butalid

Renjie Butalid

Renjie Butalid is the Associate Director of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship and has raised $7M+ to power university entrepreneurship.