Entrepreneurial Idea Competition


You have an idea for a potential start-up? Or a simple idea to make a difference in the community?

Come and share it to a panel of judges, get some feedback and gain experience during the next edition of the Faculty of Engineering Entrepreneurial Idea Competition that will take place on September 28th, 2016.

The objective of the Entrepreneurial Idea Competition is to raise awareness and interest in entrepreneurship among engineering and computer science students at both 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.

The winner of first place will be awarded $2,000, second place $1,000, and third place $500. Best of all, your fellow students get to vote for your idea!

Timeline for the 2017 Entrepreneurial Idea Competition:

  • September 15, 2017: Register on Eventbrite and Submit a 2-minute video presentation as well as a 2-page summary of your business idea to Professor Hanan Anis (hanis@uOttawa.ca).
  • September 19, 2017: Applicants will be notified if they are selected to pitch.
  • September 28, 2017 from 12 pm to 1 pm: Finale - Pitch to a panel of judges as well as your peers.

EI-PEI 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 semesters.
  • 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.

Entrepreneurial Idea Competition - 2016 winners:

First Place Tie ($1,500): 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 ($1,500): 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.

Entrepreneurial Idea Competition - 2015 winners:

First Place ($2,000): 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 ($1,000): 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.

contestants and Professor Hanan Anis

Congratulations to all the participants!

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