Teams competing in the FINALS of the McGill Dobson Cup 2018

After 4 consecutive days of pitches in the Semi-Finals of the McGill Dobson Cup 2018 powered by National Bank, we’re excited to announce the 40 startup teams moving on to the FINALS on March 28, 2018.

Last week from February 20 to 23, 84 McGill teams pitched their startups to 32 judges who had the task of choosing the top ten Finalists for each Track: Health Sciences, Social Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise.

Over $100,000 in seed funding will be awarded to the winners of the McGill Dobson Cup 2018 from each track on April 5, 2018 at our Awards Ceremony.

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 2018 will go on to create successful companies.

For some of the teams that are at a later stage, you 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.

We wish all teams the best of luck in the next stage of the McGill Dobson Cup 2018!

Health Sciences Track 2018 Finalists

1. CURA Therapeutics: Developing innovative immunotherapies to cure pancreatic cancer and other solid tumors. Our patented technology inserted into viral vectors specific for cancer cells, targets and activates the immune system against cancer.

2. Docplus: A revolution in medical booking. Online Booking. Fast and easy, day and night.

3. EBHnow: EBHnow is a website that offers easy, instant and free access to evidence-based healthcare information, through a catalogue of nine fully developed applications addressed clinical decisions. EBHnow makes evidence-based healthcare a reality.

4. Foodoc: A C2C telehealth platform that connects Canadian dietitians with clients throughout the world.

5. IntegOR: We are a multidisciplinary team of young professionals with disruptive ideas, aiming to maximize the capacity of the Canadian healthcare system to deliver care through improving efficiency amongst healthcare teams.

6. InVivo AI: InVivo AI is using artificial intelligence to streamline the development of new drugs. Our algorithms will empower pharmaceutical companies to bring therapies to market in less time and for less money than it takes today.

7. Monitrix: Monitrix is a simple solution helping hospitals to better monitor patient satisfaction and to quickly identify areas of improvement. Patient-satisfaction data collection, management and analysis are automated and personalized.

8. OstoMentor: OstoMentor is an all-in-one, personalized educational software designed to simplify the transition process for patients living with new stomas, to reduce medical complication rates, and to and improve patient satisfaction.

9. PHIRE: At PHIRE we are developing an application that empowers people to manage their medication through automated scheduling, drug alerts and real-time feedback, thereby reducing the risk of adverse drug events.

10. VitalTracer Ltd.: We are in the business of mobile health, personalized medicine and Home-care Health. We aim to create a convenient platform for those who have a need to track their vital signs.


Social Enterprise Track 2018 Finalists

1. Abil Design Inc.: Abil Design is a technology company that builds inclusive digital experiences. We strive to build platforms that serve the full range of human diversity with respect to ability and age.

2. Brique par brique: Brick by Brick is a social enterprise whose mission is to create affordable and dynamic living spaces for marginalized people. Brick by Brick achieves this ambitious objective by providing more privileged members our communities with secure and competitive investment products that transfer capital from those that have to those that don’t.

3. Canadian Students’ Nightline Association: A non-profit organization focused on helping make Canadian universities a better, happier place through mental health support services. We do this by offering help to students at night through a phone line. This is ensured by training quality volunteers in active listening skills and more.

4. Haven Hub: Haven Hub aims to radically improve health outcomes of physically, emotionally, and socially vulnerable populations by widely distributing integrative medicine and personalized health services.

5. HumaNuts (formerly Cajou): Our vision is to be the largest premium cashew processor and trader in Ivory Coast and to provide sustainable and attractive income opportunities to local farmers and their families.

6. Opportutoring: Opportutoring provides refugees with free one-to-one online English tutoring to open up their opportunities in their country of relocation.

7. Simple Manic Phase Monitoring: Simple Manic Phase Monitoring works to tackle the logistical, financial and systematic barriers preventing low-income patients with Bipolar Disorder from receiving medical intervention by providing low-cost automated symptom monitoring.

8. Verde Hub: A communal hub that promotes, educates, and empowers sustainability through food, events, art, and collaboration for students and young professionals.

9. Viveau: Enabling access to higher quality drinking water: Viveau is an initiative aimed to improve the life and health of unprivileged populations lacking access to clean and safe drinking water.

10. Wiyaka Beauty: Wiyaka Beauty is a social enterprise transforming personal care products created by Indigenous workers into natural cosmetics that provide customers with cultural, spiritual and social connections to the Indigenous community.


Small & Medium Enterprise Track 2018 Finalists

1. CAPTR: No more tedious Google-searches or “shot-in-the-dark” Facebook requests. CAPTR makes booking a photographer easy.

2. DogR: An all in one mobile application that seeks to help dog owners having enough information and make them save their time while helping dogs enjoying more the dog park.

3. ENTR: Discover unique spaces and book everything you need to host the perfect event.

4. JPondE: JpondE is a food company that produces, processes and delivers African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) products mainly for African Cuisine in Canada. These catfish products are delivered fresh, smoked and dried, or mashed.

5. NightLoop: NightLoop is a crowdsourced news network of nightlife events in real-time, all through the eyes of students.

6. Nimbus Tutoring Inc.: Nimbus Tutoring Inc. is a mobile peer-to-peer tutoring platform that strives to promote education by connecting students to passionate tutors for in-person tutoring lessons.

7. reMIXed: reMIXed transforms the concept of traditional trail mixes by introducing dehydrated beans and re-purposed fruit, providing an affordable alternative that combats food waste.

8. Stellar Talent Acquisition Group (STAG): Specializing in the recruitment and hiring of highly trained PhD students for the non-academic world.

9. Toro Matcha Inc.: Toro Matcha is Canada’s ready-to-drink Matcha. Made with organic Japanese matcha green tea, it is an innovative option for those who want to fuel their life with healthy energy.

10. UCrea (formerly Racine Creations 3D): At UCrea, our mission is to enable teams to create through additive manufacturing by providing them with the quality tools and services they need.


Innovation Driven Enterprise Track 2018 Finalists

1. Avro AR: Avro AR helps maintenance and field service representatives increase their efficiency by providing them with hands-free state-of-the-art industrial augmented reality software, connecting them to company databases and remote support experts like never before.

2. BlueCiTech: BlueCiTech has developed a smart city platform to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity to provide solutions that will improve quality of life.

3. Haply Robotics: Haply Robotics is a simulation company that is integrating the sensation of touch into our electronic devices. Their goal is to bring high-end simulation tools to the classroom.

4. Inti Aerospace: At Inti Aerospace, we deliver a vertical solution for large scale agricultural surveying, that encompasses long-range drones, big data processing and cloud-based analytics.

5. MinuteBox: MinuteBox Inc.: MinuteBox is an end-to-end cloud-based corporate minute book management service for law firms and their clients, combining physical minute book scanning, artificial intelligence based parsing, document automation and government filing.

6. Ori Technology: Ori Technology endeavours to maintain the protective capabilities of football helmets by signalling when a helmet’s air pockets have deflated to a level no longer optimal for head protection.

7. Spinyt Technologies Inc.: Spinyt allows restaurant owners to create flash deals to attract students to their restaurant taking advantage of the economics of supply and demand in real-time.

8. SWTCH: SWTCH is committed to improving electric vehicle (EV) charging accessibility in urban multi-tenant settings. Our AI-powered EV charging management platform optimizes charging accessibility through machine-learning-based enforcement, scheduling, and energy management.

9. Thinkwire: Thinkwire is a thought leadership discussion platform. Thinkwire allows brands to run text-based roundtables and interviews via LinkedIn. Thinkwire hosts these discussions in a white-label micro-site so brands can build content and community, year-round.

10. UltraSense: UltraSense aims to improve water quality monitoring systems with low-cost, high-precision sensors realized with integrated graphene technology.

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.