Student Startup Competition

Stay tuned, the next Student Startup Competition will take place in March 2021.
Applications will open by December 2020.

Congratulations to our 2020 Winners!

Pharmasonica PULSE Lifesaving ImaginAble Solutions CheckUp!

All the finalists received a guaranteed spot in The Forge Summer Startup Academy and the cash prizes listed below.

McMaster Engineering SummerTech Entrepreneurship Fellowship ($15,000):
Andrew “Doren” Singh
, Founder and CEO of Pharmasonica; and a Chemical Engineering PhD student.

Grand Prize Winner ($15,000):
Dawson Lucier, Co-Founder of PULSE Lifesaving and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology alumnus

Second Place Winner ($11,000):
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 ($9,000):
William Douglas, Co-Founder of CheckUp! and a student in the Faculty of Health Science (Honours) program

FINALISTS AWARDS ($5,000):

  • Andrew Leber, Co-Founder of Marrow and Bachelor of Honours Health Sciences
  • 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 NexWave; 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: May to August 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