Winners of the McGill Dobson Cup 2018

Throughout the Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 semesters, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted a series of over 15 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 84 teams compete in the SemiFinals with the top 40 teams competing in the Finals on March 28, 2018.

Over $100 000 in total was 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 powered by National Bank.

We would like to thank all the Semi-Finals and Finals Judges and Mentors who contributed towards making this year’s McGill Dobson Cup 2018 a resounding success. Our goal at the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is to continue building world-class entrepreneurs at McGill.

We’d also like to thank the Dean of the Desautels Faculty of Management, Isabelle Bajeux for her opening remarks on our shared journey and how far we’ve come together.

Dean Isabelle Bajeux, Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

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!

Social Enterprise Track 2018 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 SE Track $10,000 —  Abil Design Inc: builds inclusive digital experiences

*Faculties represented: Arts

2nd Place SE track $7,000 – Canadian Students’ Nightline Associationfocuses on helping make Canadian universities a better, happier place through mental health support services 

*Faculties represented: Arts

3rd Place Winner $3,000 — 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.

*Faculties represented: Science

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  ($10,000) – CURA Therapeutics – Searching for a cure for pancreatic cancer

*Faculties represented: Medicine, Engineering

2nd Place $7,000 – InVivo AI – Using artificial intelligence to streamline the development of new drugs

*Faculties represented: Science

3rd Place  $3,000 – Foodoc – A platform that connects Canadian dietitians with clients around the world 

*Faculties represented: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering

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 SME track $10,000 ENTR – Rent unique venues for your upcoming events & book everything you need in one place

*Faculties represented: Desautels

2nd Place SME track $7,000 – Nimbus Tutoring – A mobile peer-to-peer tutoring platform  

*Faculties represented: Science, Arts

3rd Place SME track $3000 – JpondE – A food company that produces, processes and delivers African Catfish products mainly for African Cuisine in Canada

*Faculties represented: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

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 IDE track $(10,000) – UltraSense – aims to improve water quality monitoring systems with low-cost, high-precision sensors realized with integrated graphene technology

*Faculties represented: Engineering

2nd Place IDE track $7,000 – MinuteBox – An end-to-end cloud-based corporate minute book management service for law firms and their clients

*Faculties represented: Arts, Law, Desautels

3rd Place IDE track $3,000 – SWTCH – An AI-powered EV charging management platform that optimizes charging accessibility

*Faculties represented: Medicine, Arts

Additional prizes

Murdoch Family Initiative 2018 Award Winner ($6,000) – Opportutoring: provides refugees with free one-to-one online English tutoring to open up their opportunities in their country of relocation.

This award was generously established by Neil Murdoch (BCom 1981) and his wife Giselle Murdoch to support students who take the initiative to gain practical experience by way of creative or entrepreneurial endeavors.

AvMor Prize for Social Responsibility ($1,900) – Opportutoring

This award was established by Avi Morrow (chairman of Avmor Ltd), as an award for the best business plan submitted in the McGill Dobson Cup by an undergraduate student on behalf of a nonprofit organization.

*Faculties represented: Arts, Desautels

McGill EngInE Prize ($5,000)- UltraSense – aims to improve water quality monitoring systems with low-cost, high-precision sensors realized with integrated graphene technology

The McGill EngInE, the Faculty of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship hub, focuses on stimulating technologically-based innovation and entrepreneurship at McGill in collaboration with the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Office of Innovation and Partnerships.

The Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize – $5,000 – ReMIXed – Transforms the concept of traditional trail mixes by introducing dehydrated beans and re-purposed fruit

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 benefit(s). In 2018, Trussbridge Investments joined FAES and MCCHE in awarding the prize.

*Faculties represented: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Grit Prize $5,000 – Haven Hub: Aims to radically improve health outcomes by widely distributing integrative medicine and personalized health services

The Grit Prize is awarded to a team that has demonstrated outstanding dedication towards establishing their business venture.

*Faculties represented: Desautels, Arts

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