Discovery 2015 pitch competitions crown winners

April 29, 2015

OCE President and CEO Dr. Tom Corr, the Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, and OCE Board Chair Michael Nobrega with the six winners of this year's Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition.

Pitch competitions have become an integral part of the Discovery experience. Every year, hundreds of students and start-ups compete for the right to pitch in a variety of sectors and age groups at Discovery.

The 2015 edition of Discovery, Ontario Centres of Excellence’s annual showcase of innovation and entrepreneurship, featured four pitch competitions. Picking a winner for each was not easy as all the finalists made excellent presentations in their respective competitions.

The winner of the 2015 David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge was RMRD TECH. RMRD TECH has designed small, 3D-printed wind turbines that will allow remote communities to produce energy easily, reliably and at a low cost. They can be manufactured, installed, and maintained with a fraction of the time and cost of traditional energy devices, and by designing for small amounts of energy rather than large-scale production, the need for ‘ideal’ site conditions is eliminated. 

RMRD TECH receives $25,000 and a suite of business services to assist in advancing their business concept. 

The winner of the inaugural 2015 Fintech Investor Pitch Competition was Payso, a company that aims to be the easiest way to make and share payments with friends. Using the model of Whatsapp as a comparison, Payso is fast, secure and totally free.
Payso received the $25,000 cash award at Discovery 2015, to assist in scaling their company. 

The winner of the 2015 Investor Pitch Competition was QoC Health, a company that deploys mobile solutions to support shifting care to the community. These solutions save money, improve outcomes, and improve user experiences. 

QoC Health received $10,000 cash plus an amazing prize package courtesy of the Keiretsu Forum to assist in scaling their company. 

The prize package included:

  • Exclusive access to pitch at the Keiretsu Forum Angel Capital Expo in Toronto on April 28.
  • Opportunity to pitch in Silicon Valley at the Angel Capital Expo (Includes entry fee, travel and accommodation) May 2015.
  • Six hours of consultation/coaching to prepare for the Silicon Valley Angel Capital Expo.

Discovery also hosted the third Young Entrepreneurs Make Your Pitch competition for high school students across Ontario. More than 200 teams entered and the top 20 pitched at Discovery.

The six winners were:

  • Pat Chong, a Grade 12 student at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School in Dundas, for LatchMyLanyard, a product aimed at university and college students to locate their lost lanyards through a unique barcode, that when scanned will show who the lanyard belongs to and offer contact information.
  • Ashumi Doshi, a Grade 9 student at R. H. King Academy in Scarborough, for Classy Crafters, an exclusive jewelry company made from paper, with unique, handmade designs and has the ability to customize earrings.
  • Kate Vickery, a Grade 11 student at Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School in Toronto, for The Doggie Bowl, a website that provides a selection of recipes that are custom fit to your dog's dietary needs. 
  • Jake D'Gama, a Grade 12 student at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, for Xcel Tutoring Co., an online student-to-student tutoring service.
  • Malini Hu, a Grade 12 student at Richmond Hill High School in Richmond Hill, for Introducing the Urbin, a product which revolutionizes the waste disposal process and transforms the disposal experience into a one-step, convenient, and efficient process. 
  • Khansa Hasan, a Grade 10 student at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute in Scarborough, for C2TF-Academy, a one-on-one, online tutoring website for Canadian high school students.