Congratulations to the innovative and impactful startups who took home the top prizes at the 2024 Desjardins Startup Prize pitch competition last week! The competition was part of U of T Entrepreneurship Week’s True Blue Impact Day programming, and for the first time, was hosted at the new Schwartz Reisman Innovation Campus.

11 student startups were shortlisted from a pool of more than 60 applicants. The finalists were provided with pitch coaching sessions to help them perfect their presentations and received a booth to exhibit their products and innovations at the True Blue Expo.

A panel of expert judges including Nishant Raizada (Desjardins), Maura Campbell (OBIO), and Tanay Delima (HighFi), had the difficult task of selecting this year’s winners.

1st Place – $15K: Xatoms
2nd Place – $10K: Neuropeutics
3rd Place – $5K: Toothpod
People’s Choice – $4K: Neuropeutics

1st Place – $40K: Synakis
2nd Place – $20K: Cove Neurosciences
3rd Place – $10K: Spero Analytics
People’s Choice – $4K: Cove Neurosciences

Applications for the 2025 Desjardins Startup Prize will open in the Fall – stay tuned for updates.