2021 RBC Innovation & Entrepreneurship Prize

Join us at our largest startup pitch competition of the year, offering $50,000+ in prizes to recognize, reward, and accelerate the University of Toronto’s most innovative startups.

When: Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 2 – 4 pm EST (Toronto)

Where: U of T Entrepreneurship Week (virtual)

Why: Ten top startups from across the entire U of T ecosystem will have only three minutes to speed-pitch their business idea to an impressive judging panel for $50,000+ in prizes. And the best part? The funding is non-dilutive!

Early Stage Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: $10,000
  • 2nd Prize: $5,000
  • Dongjun Wang Family True Blue Prize (People’s Choice): $4,000

Later Stage Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: $25,000
  • 2nd Prize: $10,000
  • Dongjun Wang Family True Blue Prize (People’s Choice): $4,000

Winners announced!

Click here for the 2021 RBC Prize winners. 

Early Stage Competition: 2:00 – 3:00 pm


Elaya is a medical device-based solution that delivers neuromuscular electrical stimulation in the hospital ICU. Elaya will solve the challenges of stimulation pad application and will scale therapist resources to deliver…


Exvilent offers a novel humanized ex vivo lung model that provides the most existing physiologically relevant research tool to achieve precision medicine, thereby reducing research attrition rate and turnaround time while…


Fyyne is a social marketplace for beauty services. We build the technology that lets beauty artists commercialize their skills and we connect them with a social community of customers. 


Infera offers an AI platform for digital twins that allows engineers to leverage computational models to inform every stage of a product lifecycle from design through manufacturing, deployment, and decommissioning. The…

NerveX Neurotechnologies 

NerveX Neurotechnologies is developing ANIMO, the Adaptive Neural Implant for Modulation and Observation of the nervous system’s communication superhighway: the vagus nerve (or cranial nerve X). ANIMO will first be deployed…

Later Stage Competition: 3:00 – 4:00 pm


ALT TEX engineers sustainable, biodegradable and carbon-neutral fabrics for the fashion industry. Through its closed-loop model, ALT TEX is re-engineering food waste into biodegradable fabrics intended to replace polyester.

Revolve Surgical 

Revolve Surgical is developing a new type of surgical robotics for minimally invasive procedures that is an order of magnitude cheaper and smaller than existing systems. Revolve’s mission is to bring the…

Shiphrah Biomedical 

Shiphrah Biomedical Inc. is a women’s health company specializing in sleep health in pregnancy and working at the intersection of engineering, science, medicine, and artificial intelligence to solve one of…


StarSpec develops and builds standardized, high-performance satellites at a disruptively low cost-point and development timescale compared to the industry standard. Leveraging dramatically reduced costs from balloon-based and Rideshare-based launches, our…


TissueCraft offers a patented engineered human heart tissue screening platform for academic and industry labs developing therapeutics. The platform enhances screening strategies related to cardiac drug discovery, cardiotoxicity, and the development…