Edit (April 28, 2017):
Based on a further review of The McGill Dobson Cup 2017 Guidelines, we regret to inform you that the 2nd Place Winner in the Social Enterprise Track of the McGill Dobson Cup 2017 has been disqualified.
Renjie Butalid (Marketing & Operations Advisor)
McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
The McGill Dobson Cup 2017 powered by National Bank is more than just a competition, it is an entrepreneurial process.
Throughout the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 semesters, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted a series of over 20 workshops and events designed to help McGill startup teams prepare for the McGill Dobson Cup.
In the lead up to announcing the winners, for this year’s startup competition, we had 136 teams apply to compete hailing from all 11 faculties and schools across McGill; 121 teams pitched their startups from February 14-17, 2017 in the Semi-Finals; with the top 40 teams competing in the Finals on March 22, 2017.
$106,000 in total will be awarded to the most promising McGill startups across the four tracks: Social Enterprise, Health Sciences, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise in this year’s McGill Dobson Cup 2017.
This includes the inaugural L’Oréal-Dobson Startup Award presented by L’Oréal, and the Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize presented jointly by the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE).
— McGill Dobson Centre (@DobsonCentre) February 21, 2017
We would like to thank all the Semi-Finals and Finals Judges and Mentors who contributed towards making this year’s McGill Dobson Cup 2017 a resounding success. Our goal at the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is to continue building world-class entrepreneurs at McGill.
Congratulations to all the winning teams listed below and a sincere thank you to all teams who participated in this year’s McGill Dobson Cup. For all of you, this is only the beginning. Seed funding is only part of the equation for success, and even then, success is not guaranteed. The rest is made up of having excellent product-market fit, driven by a great team with entrepreneurial hustle and drive, and connected to a growing network of mentors and partners, to help your company move forward.
Now the hard work of building your respective companies begin. We wish all of you the best with your entrepreneurial journeys!
Inaugural L’Oréal-Dobson Startup 2017 Award Winner
L’Oréal-Dobson Winner $12,000 — BG Therapeutics
The L’Oréal-Dobson Startup Award was created in 2017 to reward innovative ideas in the areas of green chemistry, material and health sciences to support future hair and skin applications. This year’s inaugural L’Oréal-Dobson winner is BG Therapeutics.
Social Enterprise Track 2017 Award Winners
A Social Enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders. Social enterprises differ in that they do not aim to offer any benefit to their investors, except where they believe that doing so will ultimately further their capacity to realize their social and environmental goals. Social enterprises can take many forms, for-profit, non-profit or a hybrid.
1st Place Winner $11,000 — Protera Farms
2nd Place Winner $7,000 — Disqualified
3rd Place Winner $3,000 — WakeUp
Grit Prize Winner $1,250 — ThriveHere
Health Sciences Track 2017 Award Winners
Startups in the Health Sciences (HS) Track build primarily on research and technology in the sciences of biology, chemistry, physics, medicine and dentistry as well as a variety of multidisciplinary fields to improve health, prevent and cure diseases, and understand how humans and animals function. It focuses on the design and evaluation of medical, technological, behavioural and organizational interventions as well as the application of that knowledge to improve health and patient centred health care, and to ultimately improve the quality of life.
1st Place Winner $11,000 — Saccade Analytics
2nd Place Winner $7,000 — Sano
3rd Place Winner $3,000 — Dialysave
Grit Prize Winner $1,250 — Cardio Link
Honourable Mention — eNuvio inc.
Small & Medium Enterprise Track 2017 Award Winners
The Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) Track is for those startups that likely are started by an individual or group to serve a local market. Size may vary and SME entrepreneurs are those that may value personal independence, cash-flow and lifestyle over exponential growth. The jobs that they create are generally non-tradable meaning that they cannot be outsourced. A distinct feature of an SME startup is that they mainly focus on local markets.
1st Place Winner $11,000 — Myco-Rise
Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize Winner $5,000 — Myco-Rise
Established in 2016 under a partnership between the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) and the McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE), the Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize is offered to support a venture, in the areas of agriculture, food and agribusiness, that clearly intertwines technological innovation, social innovation, and institutional innovation to simultaneously derive measurable economic and social health benefit(s).
2nd Place Winner $7,000 — Vezza
3rd Place Winner $3,000 — Mandala Cheese
Grit Prize Winner $1,250 — PairUp
Innovation Driven Enterprise Track 2017 Award Winners
Innovation Driven Enterprise (IDE) Track startups generally build their business upon a technology, science or idea that will give them a significant or radically disruptive advantage compared to their peers. They endeavour to service markets that are non-local (global or regional). More time and capital is generally required versus SME enterprises, as exponential growth is sought to eventually serve global markets.
1st Place Winner $11,000 — Audible Reality
2nd Place Winner $7,000 — FamKeepa
3rd Place Winner $3,000 — BuildKit
Grit Prize Winner $1,250 — Quantum Republic
McGill Dobson Cup 2017 Final Teams
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