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Blynk has been described as Tinder for fashion. Launched in 2014 by Jaclyn Ling, a finance and entrepreneurship student from McGill and Shums Kassam, an engineering student from University of Toronto, Blynk was created partly out of Jaclyn’s love of fashion and partly from their desire to help the less fashionable. Users swipe right or left on photos compiled from fashion bloggers to identify their ideal style. Blynk then recommends outfits to users and you can even buy directly...

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Jaclyn Ling

Shums Kassam

Sensassure’s diaper sensor solution for incontinent seniors tracks if they’ve soiled themselves and instantaneously alerts nursing staff when changes are required. Sensassure helps restore dignity to those who suffer from incontinence by automating existing manual care processes, leading to timely changes that prevent skin infections from developing.

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Sameer Dhar

Bridgit is bringing the flexibility of mobile devices to construction sites. Bridgit will eliminate many of the costly delays that result from miscommunication on site, by improving communication between contractors through trackable and tagged multimedia messages.

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Lauren Lake

Mallorie Brodie

SeamlessMD provides a cloud-based, patient engagement solution for guiding patients through surgery. Available on smartphones, tablets and computers, patients are supported through preparation and recovery with timely reminders, checklists, interactive care plans and self-management tools. Patient generated data is transformed into clinical intelligence for healthcare providers to improve the patient experience, drive better outcomes and lower costs. The company serves surgery...

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Joshua Liu

Philip Chen

Willie Kwok

Kira Talent was co-founded in 2012 by Maxwell Brodie, Emilie Cushman, Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski and Edward Sun. Truly a disruptive technology focused on the HR Services market, Kira Talent infuses video into the recruitment process to allow organizations meet their candidates via video. Organizations can record video questions and send them to candidates who can then respond via video using their webcam. Afterwards, the selection committee can collaborate virtually to rank, share, and...

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Emilie Cushman

Edward Sun

Konrad Listwan-Ciesielski

Maxwell Brodie

paid is the world's leading influencer collaboration and marketing platform. #paid connects brands like Airbnb, Audi, and Corona with popular content creators on social media to run authentic, honest, and engaging collaborations. Our automated marketplace allows marketers to find influencers, collaborate easily, approve content, and track analytics.

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Bryan Gold

Co-founder, 42

    Featured Entrepreneur Cathy Han

Cathy Han is a fourth year finance student at the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Last year, Cathy had the pleasure of serving as President of Enterprize Canada, Western Canada’s largest student-organized conference and business plan competition dedicated to helping young entrepreneurs. Cathy has a passion for contributing to growing people and com ...

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Co-founder, Thalmic Labs

    Featured Entrepreneur Stephen Lake

Stephen's interest in entrepreneurship began at an early age: He started his first company at the age of 13. In 2007 Stephen was awarded a Canada´s Top 20 Under 20 award, and Loran Scholarship from the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, as he began studying Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. In three years since starting at ...

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Co-Founder Deepnify

    Featured Entrepreneur Krista Caldwell

When Krista visited the grocery store for the first time, she was shocked that an apple costs more than a chocolate bar. Apples grow on trees locally, whereas chocolate bars need complex ingredients, packaging and marketing. Determined to tackle this problem, Krista joined NextAI to build Deepnify, a predictive machine learning venture to help fres ...

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Co-Founder & VP Innovation, Wilder & Harrier

    Featured Entrepreneur Paul Shenouda

Passionate about making the world a better place for pets, Paul Shenouda has challenged the norm by creating Wilder & Harrier, a Montreal-based startup that develops pet food products. Using cricket flour as the main source of sustainable protein, Paul strives to lead the food system transition towards eco-friendly, wholesome, food for pets -- ...

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Co-Founder, Awake Labs

    Featured Entrepreneur Andrea Palmer

Engineer-turned entrepreneur, Andrea Palmer is an autism health advocate and tech geek driven by social impact. Andrea pours her time and efforts into building tools to measure anxiety and improve the qualify of life for autistic people through Awake Labs’ wearable device, Reveal. Andrea is a recipient of the Next 36 Venture Day Outstanding Venture ...

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Co-Founder, Dash MD

    Featured Entrepreneur Zack Fisch

When Zack Fisch realized how challenging it is for patients to find proper aftercare after injuring his leg and making a trip to the the ER, he knew he had to act. That’s when Zack teamed up with his co-founders to create Dash MD, a patient engagement tool and community care discovery platform that transforms the aftercare experience for everyone. ...

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Founder, AccessNow

    Featured Entrepreneur Maayan Ziv

After struggling to access places in her wheelchair, Maayan Ziv set out to empower others with physical limitations  with AccessNow: an app that crowdsources the accessibility status of locations on a public, interactive map. Maayan recognizes that creating greater accessibility opens a business’ doors to a much larger population. But she is not ju ...

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Founder, WeavAir

    Featured Entrepreneur Natalia Mykhaylova

Fed up with the lack of elegant, commercial solutions for air pollution monitoring, Natalia Mykhaylova leveraged her background in chemistry, design and engineering to create WeavAir. Using novel material design to offer continuous personal protection from air pollution, Natalia is passionate about inventing ways to make both public and private spa ...

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Co-Founder, KOMBINE AI

    Featured Entrepreneur Shea Balish

Having dedicated his Banting Fellowship to studying sport to understand human nature, Shea has always been an innovator and builder of things. One of his major strengths lies in being able to recruit a team and motivating them to move mountains. His NextAI venture, KOMBINE AI, strives to democratize access to human movement expertise, inspired by h ...

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Co-Founder, Senso

    Featured Entrepreneur Saroop Bharwani

After spending 15 years building customer experiences for banks, Saroop came to the realization that there was a lack of data transparency and communication between financial service advisors and their customers. He clearly saw a broken process and a brighter future. ...

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Co-Founder, Karen.ai

    Featured Entrepreneur Noel Webb

Coming from an unconventional music background, Noel Webb applies the transferable skills of creativity, problem-solving, adaptability, and improvisation to his venture, Karen. When he was approached to speak about the intersection of audio and technology, his career as a tech entrepreneur kicked off. He ran several fast-growing startup companies, ...

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Co-Founder, Intuitive, Inc.

    Featured Entrepreneur Hassan Murad

Hassan Murad is a mechatronic systems engineering graduate recognized as a 2017 Surrey Board of Trade Top 25 Under 25. With a hunger to create something impactful, he strives to leave a legacy of service beyond self through his venture, Intuitive, Inc. Intuitive, Inc. aims to create a standardized recycling system to reduce waste. Prior to joining ...

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Meet The Network

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Ben Zifkin

Founder and CEO, Hubba

Rebecca MacDonald

Founder and Executive Chair, Just Energy Group

Satish Kanwar

Director of Operations, Shopify Toronto

Janet Bannister

General Partner, Real Ventures

Kirk Simpson

Co-Founder and CEO, Wave

Nicole LeBlanc

Associate Director, BDC Capital

LP Maurice

CEO and Co-Founder, Busbud

Christian Catalini

Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management, Sloan School of Management

Peter Carrescia

Chair, NEXT Canada Investment Committee; SVP Strategy and Corporate Development, Wave

Andrea Matheson

Former Interim CEO, NEXT Canada

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Our entrepreneurs and ventures receive dedicated mentorship from some of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and investors.

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UTSC Entrepreneur's Expo

Entrepreneur EXPO is a showcase of innovative ideas that have sprung from UTSC talent to inspire and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit on campus.

QHacks: Queen's University's Hackathon

QHacks is Queen's University's hackathon. QHacks will be hosting a 36 hour hackathon where students from all over Canada will be able to turn their ideas into real, tangible projects.

QCBT: Queen's Conference on Business & Technology

QCBT is Queen's Conference on Business and Technology. The conference tackles two subjects that are collectively shaping our world and the way we live.

Connect IT: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

CITC will explore areas in Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on the impact on businesses and the future of work, as we see a rise in automation, machine and deep learning, chatbots, image and...

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