Teams competing in the FINALS of the McGill Dobson Cup 2019

After 4 consecutive days of pitches in the Semi-Finals of the McGill Dobson Cup 2019 powered by National Bank, we’re excited to announce the 40 startup teams moving on to the FINALS on March 27, 2019.

Last week from February 19 to 22, 108 McGill teams pitched their startups to 48 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 $200,000 in seed funding will be awarded to the winners of the McGill Dobson Cup 2019 from each track on April 4, 2019 at our Awards Ceremony.

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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 2019 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 (Applications open on April 4, 2019). 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 2019!

Health Sciences Track 2019 Finalists

1. Axon: We’re building a $1000 portable brain imaging scanner for point-of-care diagnosis in ambulances, field hospitals, sports teams, and patient rooms.

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2. BetaSense: We are a dynamic team that aims to tackle invasive problems in nuclear medicine and give them a Non-Invasive solution to enable personalized medicine in a greater number of clinics.

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3. C-Marker: C-Marker is a composite disclosing agent that was developed at Professor Tamimi’s lab at the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University. C-Marker is a new material that will help dentists identify the margins of white fillings and facilitate their complete removal without removing sound tooth structure.

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4. Denovogen: Denovogen is a biomedical technology company focused on the design and commercialization of innovative medical devices. Our first product aims to improve communication and visualization in the surgical theatre.

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5. Gynoteck: Gynoteck is a leading innovator in medical diagnostics, preventative, and treatment methods for women’s health. We aim to personalize medicine as every woman is different.

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6. LFANT: LFANT is a company dedicated to the development of safe, reliable, and readily available commercial kits for the self-administered detection of STIs in the interest of public health and awareness.

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7. MicroPredictome: MicroPredictome aims to create licensable AI algorithms to predict the risk of different gastrointestinal diseases based on sequencing data from the bacterial population of the human gut.

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8. nplex biosciences: We are developing the next-generation of protein-based blood tests. Our platform promises to unlock unprecedented efficiencies in drug development, biomarker discovery, and ultimately, precision medicine.

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9. Tracheo-Sure: Tracheo-Sure aims to revolutionize endotracheal intubation for airway management by creating a surgical device to improve speed, efficiency, and patient safety while reducing overall healthcare cost and improving medical education.

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10. VitalTracer Ltd.: VitalTracer is a medical smartwatch that measures all vital signs continuously, including cuffless blood pressure. Our mission is to provide quality solutions that accurately capture vital signs to keep users alert and aware of their health at all times. Our solutions will revolutionize the relationship between patients and caregivers by creating an easy and accurate way to track, record and share all measured parameters.

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Social Enterprise Track 2019 Finalists

11. Avantage Emploi: Avantage Emploi will address higher than average refugee and asylum seeker unemployment as well as Quebec’s severe labour shortage by matching these newcomers with employers and providing the necessary support.

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12. B3D Performance Inc.: B3D Performance specializes in additive manufacturing (3D printing) using metal powders. We develop instrumentation to monitor the powder quality to reduce production costs and minimize the impact on the environment.

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13. Liaisons: A multifaceted social enterprise providing consulting services to community organizations and SMEs. Our consultants are skilled professionals – mostly newcomers – with prolonged unemployment/underemployment who simultaneously participate in Liaisons integration programming.

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14. Ma MobiClinique: Ma MobiClinique will be the first mobile and smart paediatric care unit in Montreal, Quebec, offering primary and secondary care to children.

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15. Mini-Cycle: Mini-Cycle knows the value of durable and ethically made clothing. We sell new and preloved kids clothes and guarantee to buy it all back, thereby creating a closed-loop circular economy.

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16. PDT Food Depot: PDT Food Depot redistributes surplus food from food producers to communities and organizations in need.

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17. Rebicycle: Rebicycle is a social enterprise that sells custom upcycled bicycles. Through the sale of Rebicycles, we provide refugees with affordable transport and sustainability-oriented start-ups a venue for their promotion.

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18. Turbodega: Turbodega is a software management tool that builds a network of small grocers in emerging countries and tracks their daily-sales in real time to provide them: 1) lower cost of goods, 2) access to fair working capital lines of credit, and 3) data-backed business advice.

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19. UsToo: UsToo.Care anonymously and securely matches survivors of sexual violence based on aggressor or location. Survivors can collaboratively work with legal representation or police investigators, and access mental health professionals.

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20. Yonja: Poor sanitation is a major setback to development. Yonja is here to provide the missing link between waste management service delivery companies and households for efficient, affordable and quality services.

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Small Medium Enterprise Track 2019 Finalists

21. MoveMate: The hassle-free digital moving company.

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22. CHK PLZ: CHK PLZ is a mobile payment application that streamlines the billing process at bars and restaurants, allowing customers to split items and pay the bill directly from their smartphone.

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23. GEEK-it: We are an online community platform and a geek culture convention dedicated to bring local communities to the web. Our core service is to enable unique retailers and artists to showcase their products to the public online and offline.

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24. Mache: Mache is an innovative catering company that provides corporate events with food from local restaurants and producers, offering a unique service to guests and organizers.

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25. Out of the Box: For parents, who are eager to bring their children’s development to full potential, the “Out of the Box” is a set of 14 scientifically designed, interchangeable, early development toys.

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26. ShuttleControl: ShuttleControl is a Software-as-a-Service designed to revolutionize the way courtesy shuttle services are offered around the world. We offer an all-in-one solution to increase customer satisfaction and make shuttle operations easy.

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27. Storage Fellows: Storage Fellows offers affordable and bespoke full-service storage for students, including pick-up and drop-off, by leveraging volume-based pricing and a student workforce.

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28. Underwear Worker: Traditional job hunting is pooped. Work is now everywhere, anywhere, especially in one’s underwear. Join this remote movement. Become hired by the best. Find your worldwide calling.

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29. Vins Prose: Vins Prose plans to develop, import, package and market a range of canned wines for distribution in Quebec grocery and convenience stores.

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30. Yuma: Yuma is a service that offers meal plans at your work. When you need personalized meals delivered to your workplace at the best price, Yuma doesn’t take it as a joke.

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Innovation Driven Enterprise Track 2019 Finalists

31. Cannafish: Cannafish aims to work with fish farmers, valorizing their waste using a unique bioreactor technology and worms to produce a biological hydroponic solution to grow a wide variety of crops.

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32. Chatler Technologies Inc: Chatler is on a mission to innovate the way we interact and buy from businesses on mobile devices. Using chatbot technology, Chatler brings the conversation into mobile commerce.

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33. ChitoDry: ChitoDry makes novel biodegradable environmentally compatible materials from crustacean waste, creating with Nature in mind for a better tomorrow.

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34. Dispersa: Dispersa focuses on developing novel technology that harnesses the power of oil-degrading bacteria to present an efficient, 100% biodegradable, and low-cost solution to address oil contamination.

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35. First Mark: First Mark creates software for film sets to run digitally, safely, and with less effort, so that production teams focus on what matters – making great films, series, commercials, and shows.

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36. Galdun Green: Galdun Greens’ initial target market will consist primarily of dairy farmers within the Quebec region. The health condition of cattle, and the other factors which influence either dairy production or growth, are usually assessed visually by farmers. Major issues with this approach is that they’re relatively subjective process, and the efficiency of keeping tracking of a large herd is difficult.

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37. Interius Farms: Offering a solution to stabilize volatile Canadian produce prices and make the Canadian food system more sustainable, Interius Farms uses novel vertical farming techniques to grow on-site with clients year-round.

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38. Lightbeans Technologies inc.: Lightbeans Technologies Inc. (“Lightbeans”) is a Quebec City-based tech startup specialized in the field of 3D product visualization. Through its advanced technologies, Lightbeans allows manufacturers, distributors, retailers, designers, and architects to present their products or projects remotely on the web, in augmented and virtual reality, with an enhanced level of realism.

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39. Observe Agriculture: Observe Agriculture is a Montreal-based AgriTech startup founded by students from McGill University. Our first product is a modular crop quality sensor. To learn more, visit us at http://www.observeagriculture.com

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40. SCBY: At SCBY, we are the catalyst promoting Change Champions for sustainability by manufacturing and supplying a cruelty-free leather alternative.

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Many thanks to all the Semi-Finals judges who played an important role in screening all 108 startup teams and picking our top 40 Finalists!

Health Sciences Semi-Finals Judges 2019

(Back Row L-R): Soula Chronopolous, Charles Martin, Mark Maciw, Isabel Galiana, Daniel Cohen
(Front Row L-R): Ines Hasanbasic, Amy Pack, Brittany Sigler

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Social Enterprise Semi-Finals Judges 2019

(Back Row L-R): Hugo Steben, Emmanuel Verrier-Choquette, Alain Spitzer, Mohamed Shaheen, Joe Sasson
(Front Row L-R): Jake Wildman-Sisk, Niamh Leonard, Chloe Chow, Raphael Bouskila, Thierry Lindor

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Small Medium Enterprise Semi-Finals Judges 2019

(Back Row L-R): Robert Heckler, Mitchell Weiss, Sharon Stern
(Front Row L-R): Peter Alessi, Mergen Davaapil

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(L-R): Avery Rueb, Edith Cinq-Mars, Mohamed Hammad

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(L-R) Jill Selick, Laurent Marien, Debbie Zakaib, Chris Magnone

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(L-R): Marc St-Arnaud, Andrea Courey, Yves Grou, Marc Felgar

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Innovation Driven Enterprise Semi-Finals Judges 2019

(L-R): Julia Shuchat, Jean Amiouny, François Lamoureux, Sahar Ansary

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(Back Row L-R): Samantha Rouphael, Pasquale Di Pierro, Daphne Demetry
(Front Row L-R): Phil Keezer, Arach Tchoupani

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(Back Row L-R): Sabine Landolt, Mark Goldenberg, Olivia Li
(Front Row L-R): Phillip Cutler, Mark Weber

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Jihane El Atifi

Jihane El Atifi

Jihane El Atifi is a Program Manager at the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship.