UofG Student Entrepreneur Wins the Warren and Deborah Jestin Award at the Hub Incubator Pitch Finals

Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2018

Written by Alex Boughen

Wyatt trainer with judges Julia, Anne and Kristel

In a high-pressure competition last week, student entrepreneurs pitched their businesses in 3 minutes or less to a panel of judges, competing for the Warren and Deborah Jestin Award at the CBaSE Hub Incubator Pitch Finals.

Congratulations to Wyatt Trainer, founder of Lendly, on winning this year’s award. Lendly is a Peer-to-Peer Lending platform that connects borrowers to lenders, in a similar way to how ride-sharing connects riders to drivers.

Anne Toner Fung, Kristel Manes, Wyatt Trainer and Julia Christensen Hughes
Wyatt with judges Anne Toner Fung, Kristel Manes and Julia Christensen Hughes

"This is an industry that needs disruption." - Julia Christensen Hughes

The Warren and Deborah Jestin Impact Award is a $500 award given annually to a student in the Hub Incubator program. The award recognizes the business that demonstrates the highest community and social benefit along with a sustainable and profitable business model. The winner is decided each year by a panel of judges. This year’s judges included:

  • Julia Christensen Hughes | Dean, College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph
  • Anne Toner Fung | Executive Director, Innovation Guelph
  • Kristel Manes | Executive Director, Guelph-Wellington Business Centre

The competition included seven other businesses with students from Cohort 10 of the CBaSE Hub Incubator program. Congratulations to all of the CBaSE Hub Incubator entrepreneurs for their incredible work this semester!

Share-A-Box presenting to judges

Share-A-Box | Simon Lee, Tom Beke, Azamat Rahmaty

A mystery subscription box providing parents with an easy gift for their children including fun, creative and development-oriented toys and games.

Versa presenting to judges

Versa | Alex Ricci, Monika Hauck

A music and arts business that creates audiovisual performance and projection art for live events, including music, video art, marbled prints and branded merchandise.

ManibusAI presenting to judges

ManibusAI | Elizabeth Broderick, Samuel Crawford Loveys, Alejandro Lobo

Software that translates American Sign Language (ASL) to text.

CampusMate Inc presenting to judges

CampusMate Inc | Abdul-Rahman El-Sayed, Martin Derka, Sura Al Timimi

Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered course-based messaging application to help students stay on top of their course needs and stay connected financially and socially.

TapHax presenting to judges

TapHax | Jacob Elliot, Murtaza Bahrainwala

A device which replaces faucets and allows consumers to track their water consumption in real time.

Qor presenting to judges

Qor | Ciaran Buckley, Owen Botelho, Dhrumil Mehta

A lightweight wearable platform allowing athletes to measure ground reaction force (GRF) and gait patterns to assess lower body function as well as performance potential.

Prime Properties presenting to judges

Prime Properties Ontario | Zachary John Brittain

Providing value-added real estate tools and services to the community and connecting them with the best Realtors.


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