The Desjardins Startup Prize is University of Toronto Entrepreneurship’s annual business pitch competition, awarding $100K in prizes to recognize, reward, and accelerate the University of Toronto’s most innovative startups.
Anutio is a 24/7 AI-powered personalized career advisor app that empowers students and professionals with personalized data to create fulfilling career paths through discovery of their natural strengths, interests, and priorities aligned to emerging lucrative career pathways for the future of work
The BRIDGE / Black Founders Network / The Hub
AI/Machine | Learning Education | Social Impact
Co-founded by Brian Webb and Yizhou Chen
Laetech is developing novel reconstructive and cosmetic solutions by harnessing the healing power of a patient’s own cells, with the goal of decreasing pain and discomfort while increasing the scope of care surgeons can provide to their patients.
Health & Life Sciences
Co-founded by Kyla Alsbury-Nealy, Benjamin Alsbury-Nealy & Chirag Chopra
SilicoLabs has developed a no-code software platform that empowers users to create 2D and 3D interactive experiences and real-world simulations to train, test and assess human and AI behaviour. These experiences can be delivered on desktop, mobile, VR and AR devices, and integrates data from biosensors (ex. EEG, heart rate, spO2, etc.).
H2i / UTEST
Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality | AI & Machine Learning
Co-founded by Jessica Jenkins, Siobhan Wilson, and Jaspreet Randhawa
Specifix Dx aspires to reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and decrease mortality due to antibiotic resistance. This will be achieved through the creation of UroStix, a rapid urinary tract infection (UTI) detection test that can reduce false positive UTI indications by at least 70%.
Tuuli is the first integrated platform for building material data discovery and management. We cut the time it takes to select sustainable materials by 80%, empowering real estate developers, architects, and governments to fuel the green building market of the future.
Construction & Infrastructure | Cleantech & Sustainability
Acrylic Robotics is using robotics and AI to bring scalability to the art world, capturing artists’ brushstrokes while they paint and reproducing each stroke with robotic arms using real paint on canvas, allowing artists to sell more editions per design.
Training machines with artificial intelligence to do sign language to improve the experience of communicating with those who are deaf or have hearing impairments. “Our mission is to serve deaf people to have better experiences in public life through AI-based solutions.”
Inwit is Toronto’s first Zero Waste Takeout Ordering Platform. It is an innovative solution to single-use waste. A marketplace that encompasses a reusable container borrowing system, rewards system, and a food ordering platform, all tracked by NFC technology.
Pahk Solutions provides a tech platform to communities enabling them to reduce their aggregate carbon footprint by managing the personal footprint of individuals. Pahk differentiates itself by making the process easy and engaging for users through automatic carbon monitoring and a gamified user experience.
For all pregnancies that have never been evaluated for sleep apnea, we’re developing a user-friendly, web-based, AI-powered platform that enables contactless and accurate sleep testing at home for streamlining sleep apnea screening, diagnosis, and treatment during pregnancy.
The 2023 Desjardins Startup Prize Pitch Competition will take place on March 9 as part of True Blue Impact Day at UTE Week. Please register at the link below. Note: This is a hybrid event, please select your preference for in-person or virtual attendance when registering.