Teams competing in the FINALS of the McGill Dobson Cup 2020 powered by National Bank

A message from the Dobson Centre Team: Following recent announcements from the Quebec government and their impact on campus operations and academic activities, the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship will postpone the Dobson Cup to safeguard the health of all participants. We will be rescheduling the Dobson Cup Awards Ceremony scheduled on April 8 to a future date in 2020. We will share updates in the weeks ahead. This post has been amended to reflect these changes.

After 2 consecutive days of pitches in the Semi-Finals of the McGill Dobson Cup 2020 powered by National Bank, we’re excited to announce the 32 startup teams moving on to the FINALS.

On February 11 and 12, 95 McGill teams pitched their startups to 30 judges who had the task of choosing the top eight 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 2020 from each track.

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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 2020 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, more info to follow soon. 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 2020!

Health Sciences Track 2020 Finalists

1. Gray Oncology Solutions: Gray is a software suite that optimizes the usage of an oncology clinic’s resources. Gray will interface with existing healthcare technologies to account for multi-disciplinary workflows thus reducing patient wait times, increasing patient throughput and ultimately improving patient care. www.graysuite.com

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2. GynAware: GynAware aims to improve the quality of life for women with uterine fibroids by offering an integrated and cost-effective biopsy solution, enabling gynaecologists to streamline decisions based on a pre-surgical diagnosis and reducing patients’ anxiety.

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3. GyroClear: GyroClear is a biomedical company aiming to set a new standard for minimally invasive intra-abdominal and thoracic surgery with our protective sleeve that maintains a clear camera lens throughout procedures.

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4. MinutesToMRSA: Our mission is to provide high-quality diagnostic equipment to North American hospitals for the rapid, inexpensive, and high-throughput screening of MRSA in admitted patients.

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5. NURA MEDICAL: A multidisciplinary startup with the mission of improving patient care and clinical efficiency by revolutionizing the way bolus IV medication is prepared and administered in hospitals across the world.

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6. OpAI Innovations: OpAI Innovations assists medical practitioners in providing the best possible outcomes for patients undergoing breast surgeries through the use of an intraoperative imaging tool to assess breast symmetry.

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7. Oral-i: Save life with cellphones! An artificial intelligence-based application to diagnose oral cancer using cellphone images.

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8. Physio Biometrics: Dedicated to the development of practical and accessible innovations for people with movement and posture vulnerabilities that can be marketed directly to those at risk and those who treat them.

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Social Enterprise Track 2020 Finalists

9. BioFem: Our SE is aimed at addressing the problem of organic waste management and disposal in Cameroon by using the waste to produce compost and biogas.

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10. CCMAT: This is a social enterprise dedicated to providing innovative care for young Canadians with complex mental health and trauma. Our philosophy is one of family engagement and integrated team-based care.

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11. Global Custodians Academy: Global Custodians Academy (GCA) is a private school that trains its pupils in leadership, ethical behavior, basic computing skills and mastery of the academic syllabus from Ghana Education Services.

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12. Indigirecruit: Indigirecruit, an Indigenous student enterprise helps Indigenous community members be college application ready. Low Indigenous enrollment countered by timely and complete school applications will change the face of Indigenous education.

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13. InoGen: InoGen is a Social Enterprise that resolves the gender disparity in science subjects among Ugandan high schools by creating practical workshops and mentorship programs for girls.

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14. MyFoodprint: MyFoodprint is an API that allows foodservice businesses to calculate the carbon footprint of their meals to enable smart decision making in and out of the kitchen.

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15. NIA: AI-powered personal banking and financial management assistant, accessible through mobile banking and payment apps, empowering users to acquire relevant financial knowledge, informative financial reports and make queries about their accounts.

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16. Precare: Precare is an innovative platform providing up-to-date evidence-based information through animated medical and surgical guides, accessible in 20 languages for free. Precare increases information-retention through audiovisuals, reducing dependency on printed-media.

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Small Medium Enterprise Track 2020 Finalists

17. BrainShield: BrainShield provides parental control software that focuses on mental health impacts of screen usage in children and uses AI to deliver harm reduction strategies.

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18. Hypnosand: Hypnosand is a luxury brand that combines art, design and technology by creating unique, customizable and high-quality tables.

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19. 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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20. juicebox: Smartphone power on-the-go. Helping you stay connected, juicebox offers a network of portable power banks. Simply (1) find a juicebox station near you, (2) scan a QR code, (3) juice-up.

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22. Northern Nutrition: Northern Nutrition is focused on creating nutritional bars that combine with forces of nutrition and cannabis to help improve the quality of life of cancer patients being treated with chemotherapy.

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23. novagrow: Novagrow designs and manufactures automated indoor gardens that allow the user to grow effortlessly a wide variety of vegetable superfoods all year round, in the comfort of its kitchen.

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21. Panko: Giving resto-preneurs the tools they need to launch, manage and scale their ghost kitchen brands.

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24. Vert-ité: Canadians demand great quality food, and we want to provide it in an environmentally conscientious way. Our tech-enabled urban farms cultivate local, pesticide-free strawberries all year long.

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Innovation Driven Enterprise Track 2020 Finalists

25. AIM Colors: Real-time colour changing eNails.

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26. GreenKeepers: We generate sustainable “green” straws and alternatives to single-use plastics to promote an eco-future for earth’s living creatures.

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27. Hydrolux: Hydrolux is a green hydrogen production company distributing to warehouses looking to transition towards fuel cell powered forklifts that will save them money, increase productivity and have a smaller impact on the planet.

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28. LockBox: The LockBox is a technology for research facilities and enables new ways to study materials by recording their motion in real-time.

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29. Neophyto Foods: Fixing the food industry using plants and science. We create delicious plant-based alternatives that mimic the taste and texture of animal-based products so you don’t have to compromise. We’re reinventing the food that you eat.

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30. Off the Grid: Off The Grid specializes in cardio training equipment combined with a web application that turns energy into electricity. The generated electricity is then redistributed directly into the grid.

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31. RailVision Analytics: RailVision Analytics specializes in advanced analytics and AI for the passenger rail industry, primarily for the purpose of reducing fuel consumption, preventing equipment failure, and increasing locomotive performance.

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32. TRAQC: TRAQC uses laser technology non-destructive and in-situ quality control of printed electronics fabrication. By evaluating the response of quality control patterns, our laser sensors remove the need for labor-intensive quality checks and costly manufacturing down time.

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Many thanks to all the Semi-Finals judges who played an important role in screening all 95 startup teams and picking our top 32 Finalists!

Health Sciences Semi-Finals Judges 2020

(Back Row L-R): Joseph Walewicz, Jose Gomez Zea, Isabel Galiana, Negin Ashouri, Mark Masiw, Hani Boulos (SE judge), Nadim Tadjine (SE judge)
(Front Row L-R): Azadeh Dastmalchi, Laura Velasquez, Julien Piquion (SE judge)

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Social Enterprise Semi-Finals Judges 2020

(L-R): Omer Juma, Ondine Hogeboom, Chloe Chow, Alain Spitzer

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Small Medium Enterprise Semi-Finals Judges 2020

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

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Innovation Driven Enterprise Semi-Finals Judges 2020

(Back Row L-R): Pasquale Di Pierro, Mark Weber, Christopher Thierry, Sahar Ansary, Mohamed Hammad, Arach Tchoupani
(Front Row L-R): Raphael Bouskila, François Lamoureux, Daphne Demetry

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Jihane El Atifi

Jihane El Atifi

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