Twice a year, students gather to pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges. Last week, Ryerson’s community of students, entrepreneurs, business leaders and investors attended the event at the Sheldon and Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre to hear about some of the most innovative and forward thinking startup ideas. With over 90 applications received, the list was narrowed down to 14 pitches. The ideas were incredibly competitive and saw some tough decisions made by the judges.

Who won?

$5K winners
*In partnership with Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship:

MettleAI is a system of care for opiate and alcohol-dependent individuals that predicts regressive behaviour before a relapse occurs using a predictive model created with Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence.

Ftr. is a platform that allows artists to feature on each other’s songs securely, outsource their mix and set their song for release all while growing their network and building exposure.

Menuless is a mobile app that connects users directly with the kitchen, immediately reducing labour cost while maintaining a high-quality experience. Menuless leverages technology to help restaurants improve experiences, keep up with the trends, and connect with a wider audience.

$10K winners:

uBioDiscovery is a gut microbiome monitoring program that not only tells you the composition of your microbiome, but also provides diet suggestions tailored specifically to each customer’s unique microbiome profile. uBioDiscovery’s SUPERBIOME kit is optimal for those affected by microbiome related conditions, or anyone else who is driven to improve their overall gut health!

Contraverse is a Canadian Academy Award-nominated immersive media company laying the foundation for the future of cinema. They have developed a turnkey Virtual Reality Cinema solution for film festivals and exhibitors to screen VR content with ease.

Co-Founder of uBioDiscovery,  Stage 2 Winner

$15K winners:

Taiga Robotics is developing the next step in human-robot interfaces for industry, through the emerging field of virtual reality. Taiga Robotics has developed a human-robot interface which makes control of robots easy and intuitive, requiring almost no training; they call it telereality.

What’s this all about?

A student’s finances can be the biggest barrier to turning an entrepreneurial idea into reality. The DMZ Sandbox Student Grant Program financially supports eligible Ryerson student-led startups with grant funding. It aims to fund innovative projects and initiatives that are positively impacting the economy and society.

The grant is available in a series of stages, with the following amounts available to eligible startups at each stage: Stage 1: up to $5,000, Stage 2: up to $10,000, and Stage 3: up to $15,000.

You want in?

To learn more about the Sandbox Student Grant visit https://dmz.ryerson.ca/dmz-sandbox/ and follow us on Instagram @dmzsandbox to stay up to date!

The DMZ is a leading business incubator for tech startups in Canada. They help startups build great businesses by connecting them with customers, capital, experts and a community of entrepreneurs and influencers.

The DMZ is a partner in StartUp Here Toronto.