Highlights from McGill Montreal Demo Day 2018

On Tuesday, September 13, we held the 2018 edition of Montreal Demo Day, following the completion of this year’s McGill X-1 Accelerator. The event took place at Club Soda in downtown Montreal, and packed the whole venue with over 600 people. To get tickets for Demo Days in other cities including Boston, Toronto, and NYC, click here.

After opening remarks from Associate Director Renjie Butalid, Dean Isabelle Bajeux and Director Robert Mackalski shared a few words. 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.

Here are the 8 team that presented:

1. Keenoa

An AI-powered app built as a platform to connect dietitians and patients. Patients can simply take a photo of their meal, and Keenoa will identify the nutrients. (Faculties represented: Agricultural & Environmental Sciences)

2. HavenHub

A social enterprise that reimagines primary healthcare to curb the overuse of emergency services by offering home care therapies. (Faculties represented: Desautels)

3. CURA Therapeutics

Developing innovative immunotherapies to cure pancreatic cancer and other solid malignancies with their patented technology and PhD expertise. (Faculties represented: Medicine, Engineering)

4. Krypto

Monitors & analyzes blockchain transaction to help financial institutions. (Faculties represented: Desautels, Arts, Science) *NOTE: They have since pivoted into a new direction.

5. Nightline

National organization focused on implementing local support services for students at night and in-depth training sessions across Canada. It is currently looking at global expansion. (Faculties represented: Arts)

6. SMS Jobs

Targets the blue collar industry’s hiring process with its unique platform connecting employers and employees to communicate job offers and make appropriate matches. (Faculties represented: Arts)


Revolutionizing supply chain management as a unique collaborative Supply Chain Management platform automating informational and transactional flow throughout the external supply chain. (Faculties represented: Engineering)

8. Nimbus Tutoring

An education platform that connects students with tutors for in-person, course-specific tutoring lessons at the university level. (Faculties represented: Science, Arts)

A big shout out to everyone who helped make this possible including all the X-1 mentors. Special thanks to Tim Tokarsky, Jacques Besnainou, and Rubin Gruber.
To get tickets for Demo Days in other cities including Boston, Toronto, and NYC, click here.

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.