Announcing the Velocity Fund F16 $25K Finalists

On Thursday, December 1st, ten teams will pitch their startup to compete for one of four $25,000 prizes, plus a $10,000 hardware prize, during the $25K event of the Velocity Fund Finals, Waterloo’s premiere pitch competition.

Held three times a year, the Velocity Fund awards $375,000 in equity-free funding to startups to help remove some of the barriers to building a business. Numerous applications for the $25K competition were submitted by University of Waterloo students and recent alumni, and these finalists were selected after an intensive interview that assessed problem, solution, market, traction, and team fit.

Each participant at the Velocity Fund Finals will have 3 minutes to pitch their solution to a real-world problem to a panel of judges from the local investor community, and a packed audience of their peers in the Student Life Centre (SLC) at the University of Waterloo. Below are the Velocity Fund $25K finalists:

Avro Life Science
Avro Life Science is developing fun and colourful medicated stickers to deliver seasonal allergy medication to children without the hassle of pills and syrups.

Babylon VR
Babylon VR allows condo developers to showcase pre-construction condominium units to customers using immersive virtual reality technology, while also making it easier to create VR content.

Curiato is developing Ceylon Systems, a combined smart mattress and patient management interface that leverages cloud, IoT and artificial intelligence to prevent the occurrence of ulcers.

HelpWear is developing the HeartWatch, allowing for 24/7 at home heart monitoring with an embedded emergency contact system to better prevent and treat heart related illness.

HITCH is developing a smart wireless mesh router that enables communities to build their own Internet platforms, accelerating sustainable broadband in emerging and developing markets.

Mirage VR
Mirage VR is bringing your imagination into reality with a full-body tracking virtual reality experience.

Orbit Co.
Orbit is a digital advertising platform that partners with major taxi and ride sharing companies and uses machine learning to determine the best parameters (e.g. time and location) to show advertisements.

Penta Medical
Penta Medical is building wearables that integrate physiotherapy into your everyday life.

SpeakIoT is an Internet of Things (IoT) network operator looking to provide IoT and smart city connectivity, services, and solutions by solving issues related to power, reach, and cost of ownership.

WildType Biotech
WildType uses protein design technology to redesign and optimize commercial proteins at the molecular level, enhancing clinical effectiveness and making them simpler to produce and store.

Please join us at the Velocity Fund Finals on December 1 to watch some great pitches from these companies as they compete for $125,000 in funding. Register here, or if you can’t make it, join in via Livestream. The $5K competition will start at 11am ($5K competitors will be announced later today) and the $25K competition will start at 1pm. Some lucky audience members will also walk away with 1 of 5 pairs of Beats headphones, and boxed lunches will be available for the first 200 attendees!

The Fall 2016 Velocity Fund Finals is sponsored by Thomson Reuters