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RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a new annual business pitch competition to recognize, reward and accelerate U of T’s innovative technologies and startups taking place during the Entrepreneurship@UofT Week Startup Showcase. Selected teams will compete by pitching their business idea via a 5-minute pitch to a panel of judges.

The Early Stage Prize is for startups with up to $20K investment and revenue who are competing for a first prize of $10,000 and a second prize of $5000. The Later Stage Prize is for startups with between $20K-$100K investment and revenue; first prize in this category is $25,000 and second prize is $10,000.

Come see 10 of UofT’s top startups compete for the RBC Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on March 31 from 2:00-5:00pm and vote for your favourite with the People’s Choice Award. Register here.


Early Stage Category – 4 Finalists

AllergenFree has developed a proprietary cleaning wipe that can efficiently remove and neutralize trace amounts of peanut allergens from contaminated surfaces, thus ensuring a safer environment for peanut allergy sufferers.

Genecis helps large restaurants dispose of their organics by offering an easy solution that saves them money, earns them money, and boosts their sustainable branding. We create on-site, automated machines that up-cycles restaurant food waste into valuable raw materials, which can be used to make biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and bio-fuels.

ToBe: Hear, view, and share your next heart exam. ToBe is a small electronic device that attaches to any stethoscope, which allows health providers to instantly amplify, evaluate, and wirelessly transfer heart murmur exams across the globe. Our technology allows for real-time visualization of heart murmurs and analysis of heart sounds for improved diagnostics, thereby delivering more accurate and efficient healthcare in a digital world.

Vicis Labs leverages behavioural science, design, and technology to achieve improvements in financial health. We’ve built a “personal financial coach in your pocket,” so users can receive the insight and steps necessary to make their financial dreams into tangible goals, the low-down on how they stack up against their peers along the way, and real rewards as they reach their goals!  Our aim is to increase savings and build financial health to empower all individuals, regardless of social status, to decisively take control of their financial situations.


Later Stage Category – 6 Finalists

Dalriada Therapeutics is developing a unique ‘cloaking’ therapeutic technology for the treatment of most aggressive, currently untreatable cancers including acute myeloid leukaemia, glioblastoma and medulloblastoma.

Dash MD is a mobile patient experience platform that improves recovery outcomes by providing patients with the tools and resources necessary for effective self-care and recovery management.

Polumiros Inc. has developed polymeric fillers that provide breast cancer patients a cosmetically superior and minimally-invasive solution for the permanent restoration of breast tissue defects following breast conserving surgery.

SHIELD Crypto Systems has developed high performance applications using fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) technology that reduces the risk of bank card data breaches. Our FHE encryption technology is at least 10,000× faster than competing implementations, and we help eliminate the $16B in annual losses due to card breaches and help companies in the banking ecosystem increase their net income by mitigating these losses.

Steadiwear Inc. has developed a smart glove that responsively stabilizes the wrist joint in Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor patients. The Steadiglove will allow patients to go about all daily activities with significantly less frustration thereby increasing independence and improving quality of life.

Trexo Robotics is building Iron Man legs for children. More specifically, we are building a robotic exoskeleton device to help children with disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, learn to walk.





March 31
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Goldring Centre
100 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C9 Canada
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