The 12 Finalists for this year's Student Startup Competition pitched for over $100,000 in cash prizes to esteemed judges and over 350 attendees in CIBC Hall on March 20, 2019. All Finalists receive a minimum of $6000 to work on their business ideas in our Summer Startup Academy from May to August.

Congratulations to all the Finalists and winners!

People's Choice - Aditya Thakkar (Oxii Labs)

Faculty of Engineering SummerTech Entrepreneurship Fellowships - Jessica Kun (FastAN Solutions), Yihao Fang (Lexivalley Inc.)

Early Ideas Winners - Stephanie Koehl (SkyVolt), Liam Flannigan (nanoRIMS)

Prototype & Beyond Winners - Ryan Ticlo (Senso Minds), Nicholas Simard (TBIFinder Inc.)

Judge's Choice - Jessica Kun (FastAN Solutions)


Check out a recap of 2019's Competition!



Competition FAQ

What is the Forge Summer Startup Academy?

The Forge Summer Startup Academy is a summer program that provides resources, training and mentorship to McMaster students developing their business ideas. The program includes one-on-one mentorships, founder socials, entrepreneurship workshops, milestone pizza meetings and we have conference tickets up for grabs! Participants in the Forge Summer Student Academy are expected to attend workshops and other requirements, under the guidance of the Forge staff and mentors. Each company is gauranteed a summer grant. Winners of the Student Startup Competition will receive extra cash on top of that!

What do I need to apply?

All you need to apply is a problem you’d like to solve, a target demographic that would benefit from your proposed problem being solved, and a potential solution. You will also need your McMaster student ID! 

We're here to help! A great start is looking at the Lean Business Model Canvas .Details for the Student Startup Competition 2020 will be available in Fall 2019. Applications open in January 2020. 

I’m a recent grad. Am I eligible to apply?

We accept alumni who graduated in the past school year.

Do I need a prototype to apply?

No, you do not need a prototype to apply to the competition, but it would be great if you did! Top companies will demonstrate that they have validated the problem with their target customers and an understanding of what the proposed solution should be.

If I applied last year, can I apply again?

Yes, as long as you didn’t win a prize at previous Startup Competitions!

What are my odds of winning?

Your odds of winning are infinitely higher by just submitting an online application! As a wise fictional character once said, “Do. Or do not. There is no try”.

Have other questions? Please e-mail Carmen.