GTAN|START: Waterloo Region’s Ultimate Early-Stage Pitch Competition
WATERLOO REGION – Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) has announced the eight startups that will be competing in their highly anticipated pitch competition: GTAN|START taking place on May 8th, 2015.
GTAN|START is an annual event that celebrates dynamic early-stage companies, who have demonstrated the originality, skills and experience necessary to make them some of Waterloo Region’s most promising startups.
The eight startups have been invited to compete for one of three exciting cash prizes: Gold $10,000, Silver $5,000 or Bronze $2,000. In addition to the prize money, all three will be fast tracked to pitch at an upcoming GTAN investment meeting, with the intent on wooing the Angels into a larger financial investment which will meet the real needs of the company for growth capital moving forward.
“They will pitch to over 100 Angel investors, venture capitalists and industry leaders from this region and beyond,” explains GTAN’s President and Co-Founder, Rob Douglas. “By the end of the day, the expert panel of judges will vote and crown the top three 2015 GTAN|START winners.”
Twenty-three dynamic entrepreneurs pitched to GTAN’s selection panel on April 9th, from which the top eight were chosen. While all of the early-stage companies that presented are local, unique and very promising ventures, the Top eight stood above the rest.
“We want to see startups succeed, and competition is healthy,” says Douglas. “We want to see great ideas turn into inspiring, investible companies, that’s what GTAN|START is about.”
GTAN appreciates the support it has received from its community and its GTAN|START contributing partners: Accelerator Centre, Communitech, Conestoga College, Conrad Centre, Innovation Guelph, Laurier LaunchPad, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Velocity.
To learn more about GTAN|START and to buy your tickets, visit its website.
May 8th, 2015 at 12:00PM – 4PM
Bingemans Kingpin Bowlounge
425 Bingemans Centre, Drive, Kitchener
Introducing The Top Eight
AOMS Technologies Inc.
Founder: Hamid Alemohammad
AOMS Technologies Inc. is specialized in fibre optic sensing systems for multi-parameter and multi-point sensing applications. AOMS’ innovative technology enables high fidelity, low noise, and high speed sensing of pressure and temperature for harsh environment conditions, such as downhole well condition monitoring, pipeline leakage detection, electrical leakage current detection, etc.
Founder: Ashutosh Syal
EyeCheck provides low-cost vision care to millions of people currently under-served in their region. EyeCheck provides the eye assessments needed in order to get glasses, all without training or user input.
Founder: Moufeed Kaddoura
ExVivo Labs is building the next generation medical diagnostic tools. They focus on non-invasive technologies to make various testing procedures safe, simple and certain. They are located at the University of Waterloo, leveraging the extensive research network that the university offers, as well as the rich entrepreneurial atmosphere.
Founder: Bjorn Dawson
GROBO believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food, all year long. That is why they created the Grobo Pods. A revolutionary smart product that lets you easily grow what you want, when you want, where you want.
Founder: Kamyar Ghofrani
Kue is developing a timed release capsule that will open after a specific amount of time. They are using this technology to develop a caffeine product that gives people a burst of energy before they wake up. The capsule would be ingested before going to bed and the contents are released a few hours after the capsule is used, depending on how long the user wants to sleep for.
Founder: Harry Gandhi
Medella Health is developing the next generation of wearable technology to help patients better manage their diabetes. They are developing a solution that will let patients manage their blood glucose levels continuously and non-invasively, and thus provide with detailed data analytics and timely feedback.
Founder: Laura Smith
Pout is an app that allows users to share their unique personal style, and find inspiration from across the world. Pout is the place for outfits, hair, nails, makeup, product reviews, video tutorials, and more.
Qidni Labs Inc.
Founder: Morteza Ahmadi, PhD
Qidni Labs Inc. is a medical device start-up based in Waterloo. They are currently developing a disruptive nanofiltration technology to improve the quality of dialysis for over two million patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) around the world.