$125k Velocity Fund Finals - Fall 2017

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Today the Velocity Fund Finals pitch competition happened, celebrating it's 20th edition, which has helped fund over 200 startups from the University of Waterloo who have gone on to raise over $700M USD from VC's around the world.

Rapid and real-time connectivity emerged as trends for the four winning startups walking home today with a $25k prize. Envoi, NanoCnet, Shiftride, and Tabnex were among the 20 companies pitching at the competition, which was presented by Thomson Reuters and supported by the legendary Sequoia Capital and Magna.

Startups pitched in the $25k and $5k categories to join the ranks of alumni tech startups turned near unicorns like Bridgit, Sortable and Vidyard.

Here is a look at the startups that joined the pitch club and presented during the Velocity Fund Finals.

$25k Winners

ENVOI

Envoi offers retailers infrastructure for same day delivery in order to meet consumer demand that is not currently fulfilled by traditional courier services.

Envoi

NANOCNET

NanoCnet has developed Nanosilvex, a highly flexible, conductive, and cost effective nanomaterial for use in conductive thin films, unlocking the future of electronics, including touch panels, displays, and wearables.

NanoCnet

SHIFTRIDE

ShiftRide is an on-demand mobility platform, giving people access to cars shared by car owners nearby.

ShiftRide

TABNEX

Tabnex helps businesses make smarter and faster hiring decisions, by providing real-time data and predictive intelligence on candidates who have applied to job opportunities.

Tabnex

$25k Finalists

A-LINE ORTHOPAEDICS

A-Line Orthopaedics is a med-tech startup focused on developing innovative products for spine surgery, improving patient outcomes and surgeon confidence through safer, faster and lower cost procedures.

A-Line Orthopaedics

AVEC

Avec has partnered with restaurants to offer you access to buy one, get one free deals when eating out.

Avec

AVRA TECHNOLOGIES

Avra is developing eye-tracking glasses for people who have trouble using a keyboard and mouse, allowing them to control computers with their eyes.

Avra Technologies

GROWXY

GrowXY is developing automation technology to increase the economic viability of large scale, indoor, vertical farming.

GrowXY

SHOPSIMPLY

Simply is a mobile app that lets you buy clothing from popular brands such as H&M, Zara, and Nike.

ShopSimply

SPURDEAL

SpurDeal is a mobile app that replaces printed coupons by allowing restaurants to post real-time deals on meals.

SpurDeal

$5k Winners

GREENSORBS

GreenSorbs is designing a sorbent boom to clean up oil spills using a material made from landfill waste.

GreenSorbs

QALM

Qalm is developing thermal applications using phase changing materials.

QALM

SANNTEK

SannTek is developing a nanotechnology based sensor to quantify marijuana intoxication.

SannTek

$5k Finalists

1MENTOR

1Mentor is a gamified collaborative educational platform that connects companies to emerging talent at universities.

1Mentor

ENVR

ENVR is developing technology that adds physical feedback to enhance virtual reality experiences.

ENVR

HOLOFAB

HoloFab uses augmented reality to improve modular fabrication in the construction industry.

HoloFab

HOLY GRAIL

Holy Grail is a beauty content, community, and e-commerce platform that leverages the eruption of influencer marketing.

Holy Grail

NATURAL INTEREST

Natural Interest is establishing a fund that offers debt financing only to sustainable food enterprises in Ontario.

Natural Interest

POLYGONE

PolyGone is developing washing machine products to capture microfibres as they are released from synthetic textiles.

PolyGone

TENDERTOOL

TenderTool makes the tendering process between building managers and contractors seamless and transparent.

TenderTool


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