Entrepreneurial Idea Competition

The 2017 competition winners receiving their prizes.

Do you have an idea for a potential start-up? Or a simple idea to make a difference in the community? Come and share it with a panel of judges, get some feedback and gain experience during the next edition of the Faculty of Engineering's Entrepreneurial Idea Competition.

The objective of the Entrepreneurial Idea Competition is to raise awareness and interest in entrepreneurship among engineering and computer science students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Any student who has an idea for a start-up company and would like to pitch it to a panel of judges to receive feedback and potential prize money may register.

Entrepreneurial Idea Competition (EIC-PEI) — 2017

The third edition of the Faculty of Engineering Entrepreneurial Idea Competition that will take place on September 28, 2017.

The first place winner will be awarded $2000, second place $1000, and third place $500. Best of all, your fellow students get to vote for your idea!


  • September 1, 2017: Registration opens.
    1. Register on Eventbrite!
    2. Submit a two-minute video presentation as well as a two-page summary of your business idea to Professor Hanan Anis (hanis@uOttawa.ca).
  • September 22, 2017: Registration and proposal deadline.
  • September 22, 2017: Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to pitch their idea.
  • September 28, 2017, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.:  Finale - Pitch to a panel of judges as well as your peers.

Competition eligibility requirements

  • In the case of individual entries, participants will need to be registered students in any of the undergraduate (UG) or graduate (G) programs of studies under the responsibility of the Faculty of Engineering during the fall and/or winter term.
  • In the case of team entries, a majority of the participants will need to be registered students in any one of the UG or G programs of studies under the responsibility of the Faculty of Engineering during both the fall and winter semesters. In the particular case of teams comprising only two (2) individuals, this condition will be fulfilled if at least one (1) of the two team members meets these eligibility requirements.

Past winners

2016 winners

First Place Tie ($1500): D.U. Eye

  • Team: Katie Dern
  • Tying for first place, Katie’s idea is to make roads safer by tracking a driver’s eye movement and alerting drivers/parents/employers that the driver is driving in unsafe conditions.

First Place Tie ($1500): Virtual Reality Public Speech

  • Team: Elad Tzemach
  • Elad’s idea, which shared the top spot, helps people to overcome stage fright during interviews and public speaking situations using virtual reality.

Third Place ($500): AR Fashionista

  • Team: Elisha Pruner
  • Elisha developed an application that helps small businesses market their fashion online through virtual and augmented reality.

2015 winners

First Place ($2000): Helping hand

  • Team: Kristina Djukic, Marina Busigin and Remi Landry Yuan
  • The first-place winner was Helping hand – offers an innovative and affordable solution against decrease muscle strength in the hand by providing users with prosthetic 3D hands.

Second Place ($1000): Cutz

  • Team: Michael Pawly, Mark Mrotz and Andre Bouzout
  • Cutz is an online platform that connects customers to independent hairstylists for a convenient and inexpensive experience.

Third Place ($250): Let’s learn app

  • Team: Midia Shikh Hassan and Richard Appiah-Kubi
  • Let’s learn mobile application supplements autistic children with innovative learning and communications skills.

Third Place ($250): Crystal ball VR

  • Team: Ben Norris, Zhengyuan Zhao and Mohammad Asad Ahmed
  • A digital media company that specializes in virtual reality. Crystal ball VR uses GoPro Technology to create rich 360-degree video and photography.

Other opportunities

Startup Garage
Elevator Pitch Competition
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