Student Startup Competition

Congratulations to our winners!

Pharmasonica PULSE Lifesaving ImaginAble Solutions CheckUp!

All the finalists received a guaranteed spot in our Summer Startup Academy and grants listed below.

Engineering SummerTech Entrepreneurship Fellowship ($15K): Andrew “Doren” Singh, Founder and CEO of Pharmasonica; and a Chemical Engineering PhD student.

Grand Prize Winner ($15K): Dawson Lucier, Co-Founder of PULSE Lifesaving and a Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology alumnus

Second Place Winner ($11K): Lianna Genovese, CEO, Founder and Inventor of ImaginAble Solutions; and a student at the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences (iBioMed) program

Third Place Winner ($9K): William Douglas, Co-Founder of CheckUp! and a student in the Faculty of Health Science (Honours) program

FINALISTS AWARDS ($5K):

  • Andrew Leber, Co-Founder of Marrow and Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)
  • Yicheng “Arthur” Chen, CEO and Founder of Hummer;  and Computational Science and Engineering PhD student
  • Natthakit “Junior” Thiensirisak, Founder of Lytec; and an Honours in Earth & Environmental Sciences Bachelor of Science student
  • Karan Sabharwal, Co-Founder of Remember2Love; and Computer Engineering undergraduate student
  • Michael Jobity, Co-Founder of 2unify; and Engineering Physics & Management undergraduate student
  • Rohan Barooah, Co-Founder of AIYogi; and Mechanical Engineering alumnus
  • Sara Mustafa, Co-Founder of TRAD and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology student
  • Shreyas Gangwani, Co-Founder and CEO of National Design League; and Mechanical Engineering and Management undergraduate student

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INTRODUCING OUR 12 FINALISTS AND JUDGES:

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THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

Cash prizes were generously sponsored by McMaster University and the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University.

FORMAT OF THE PITCH COMPETITION:

  • 12 Finalists pitched their innovative business idea for 2 minutes, using one slide.
  • Following their pitch our esteemed judges asked each startups questions regarding their business

WHAT IS THE FORGE SUMMER STARTUP ACADEMY?

  • The Summer Startup Academy is a great opportunity for students to develop their business ideas together with experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals.
  • Finalists and Winners received a guaranteed spot in Academy, giving them a chance to focus on their business during the summer
  • Students will dedicate at least 20 hours a week to focus on growing their startup or bringing their business idea to market.
  • Dates: Monday, May 11 till Friday, August 21, 2020

Benefits of the Academy:

  • 1on1 Mentorship
  • Office and Meeting room spaces at McMaster Innovation Park
  • Access to Makerspace
  • Investor referral program
  • Founder Socials
  • Entrepreneurship Workshops
  • Peer2Peer Meetups
  • Startup Conference Tickets
  • Networking Events
  • Professional Service Providers
  • Discounts on Partner Programs

Want to hear more about the competition?
Contact us: info(at)theforge.mcmaster.ca