Welcome Cohort 8!
Cohort 8 is here! The Fall 2017 Hub Incubator Cohort has begun their time in the Hub and CBaSE would like to extend a warm welcome to all of these exciting new startups. Read on and see the exciting things that our startups are up to!
Emperor Investments is a startup operating in the financial technology (fintech) space. They have developed a unique investment platform and focus on personalized investment for small investors. A truly unique component of their service is the Spend to Save program. This program helps users achieve their financial goals as they make regular everyday purchases.
Ever wondered what that bug is? Or maybe more importantly what bug just bit you? Well Insect ID has an answer! They are developing a mobile app that can match a photo of an insect taken by the user to photos in their database. Then the app would give you information on the bug helping amateur entomologists identify bugs and concerned parents make sure they do not need a visit to a doctor!
Lendr.Rent is dedicated to improving the infrastructure used for rentals. They are creating an online marketplace where consumers can view and compare items that they can rent from verified rental companies, eliminating the hours of searching and price comparisons, while also ensuring that consumers receive a quality rental item.
Passtheaux is working to make your party the stuff of legends! Everyone wants their say in what music plays and with Passtheaux your vote will matter. Their app creates a hotspot using a device connected to a speaker that other people can connect to using their phones. Everyone using the app can then see a list of songs or can suggest songs to be up or down voted. The song with the highest number of up votes is the one that gets played next and just like that, no more fights over DJ-ing rights!
QuantWave is working to ensure a tragedy like Walkerton never happens again. Their device allows almost instantaneous analysis of water samples for E.coli bacteria. This reduces the costs of having a lab and lengthy process currently attributed to testing samples. With applications across industries QuantWave is an exciting startup to watch.
The Hub Sandbox
The Hub Sandbox is a joint experiment involving CBaSE, CESI, and the City of Guelph. After an application process, a team has been built and tasked with a problem that they will build a business to solve. The Fall 2017 team is working to address ‘Smart City’ needs for the City of Guelph. If you have an interest in putting your entrepreneurial skills to the test, keep an eye out for future Sandbox opportunities and application periods!
Custom prosthetics can greatly improve life for those who need them beyond that of generic mass produced ones. The issue is that custom designs and molds are very expensive to produce. Taurus 3D works to address this issue by 3D printing custom prosthetics. Taurus 3D also provides 3D printing education and skill development both in Canada and in the developing world.
The Eco Well
The Eco Well is a dream come true for users of cosmetic products. In addition to their own line of evidence based products The Eco Well delivers science backed workshops and seminars focused on identifying ingredients in products and evaluating their safety as well as the accuracy and truthfulness of claims that cosmetic products make.
These eight startups are incredibly interesting and it will be so exciting to see them grow and develop over the course of the next four months. Make sure you get out to our Hub Incubator Pitch Finals in December to see just how far each of these companies will come!