On Friday, November 30, 32 students form all SMU faculties participated in Funder Speed Dating. Each student delivered a one-minute pitch about their business idea, to five judges, one at a time. Judges included Brett Donald, CIBC, Maurice Fares, WM Fares Group, Mitch Harrison, Venture for Canada, Michael Sanderson, SMUEC, Kaitlyn Touesnard, Crescendo Events, and Stephanie O’Connor, MNP. Five students were selected by the judges to participate in the second round of the competition. Each student pitched their idea for a final time, to the entire panel of judges and student audience. The top five winners each received a ticket to the Starting Pointing Entrepreneurship Conference taking place at Saint Mary’s University from February 19 – 21, 2019. The first, second, and third place winners also received a cash prize to put towards their ideas.
First Place: $2,000
Ross Arsenault, Ashored Innovations. Ross is a current MTEI student, who works full-time for his company, Ashored. Ashored uses hardware and software to increase efficiencies for fisherman, while also protecting at-risk marine habitats.
Second Place: $1,000
Hussain Adbullah, Nova Essentials. Hussain started Nova Essential with fellow MTEI students. The company offers a 100% natural solution for the infestation of ticks and fleas on humans and pets.
Third Place: $750
Xi Chen, iLokol. Xi Chen is an undergraduate Commerce student. iLokol provides ecommerce infrastructure, services, and sales platforms for local SMEs, allowing residents from each city to effectively find everything they want in the city they live in.