The Forge held its sixth annual Student Startup Competition virtually on March 30, 2020, bringing together 12 finalists pitching to a panel of esteemed judges, each one showcasing a unique and innovative tech-based business idea or early stage startup. Each year, The Forge pitch competition awards up to $100,000 in cash prizes as well as a guaranteed spot in The Forge Summer Startup Academy.
William (Will) Douglas, Co-Founder of CheckUp! is the Third Place Winner of the 2020 Student Startup Competition and will receive a cash prize of $9,000. Will is an Honours Health Sciences Student and will be joined by co-founders and McMaster Engineering students, Akil Hamilton and Stefan Janovjak at The Forge Summer Academy in May.
CheckUp! aims to provide post-secondary institutions with a tailored mobile application to improve the health and wellness habits of their student bodies. In addition to providing a suite of customizable functionalities that promote healthy habits, the platform can be integrated into university resources (e.g appointment scheduling, information) to help students access the resources they need.