Join us on March 7th to cheer on the 11 shortlisted startups competing in the 2024 Desjardins Startup Prize Pitch Competition!

This year’s competition will take place as part of True Blue Impact Day on March 7th, in the culmination of U of T Entrepreneurship Week.

The Desjardins Startup Prize is U of T Entrepreneurship’s annual business pitch competition, awarding $100K in prizes to recognize, reward, and accelerate the University of Toronto’s most innovative startups.

  • 1st place: $15,000
  • 2nd place: $10,000
  • 3rd place: $5,000
  • People’s Choice: $4,000
  • 1st place: $40,000
  • 2nd place: $20,000
  • 3rd place: $10,000
  • People’s Choice: $4,000
  • Bonfire

    When you enter a retail store, a salesperson typically welcomes you, asks about your preferences, and offers you products. At Bonfire, we are building concierge chatbots to offer the same personalized experience to e-commerce businesses, powered by AI & interoperability.

  • Cove Neurosciences Inc.

    In the clinical trial setting, only 8.2% of drugs tested for neurological diseases reach the clinical setting, relative to 15% of all drugs overall. This is largely due to the lack of biomarkers to characterize the heterogeneity of patients, as well as variable response to therapeutics. Accordingly, there is a critical unmet need for biomarkers…

  • Creative Medical Solutions

    Creative Medical Solutions is transforming uroflowmetry testing and addressing the rising patient load with a medical device designed to elevate patient care and streamline provider efficiency. Our device offers greater comfort, facilitates faster testing, and permits higher throughput in clinics.

  • SilicoLabs

    How can we understand how people interact with each other and the world? Surveys are inexpensive, yet abstract, while real-world testing is costly and slow. SilicoLabs’ no-code behavioural analytics platform makes it easy, fast, and inexpensive to create real-world simulations.

  • Spero Analytics

    Spero Analytics builds automated IoT solutions for large-scale greenhouse gas monitoring, enabling landfills and oil refineries to track and mitigate methane emissions in compliance with environmental regulations.

  • Synakis

    Synakis developed a patented-protected transparent, biodegradable, biomimetic and biocompatible hydrogel platform technology for overcoming ocular diseases including retinal detachment, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

Judges

Judge

Nishant Raizada 

Director, Technology and Innovation Banking, Desjardins

Judge

Tanay Delima 

Co-founder & CEO, HighFi

Emcee

Emcee

Kayla Sousa 

Programs Lead, ICUBE, U of T Mississauga