ICYMI: On March 27, Velocity hosted the Velocity Fund Finals (VFF) $25K pitch competition for early-stage, investment-ready startups! Warriors! See what you missed! Quick #throwbackthursday

A large number of startups across the Toronto-Waterloo Innovation Corridor applied and interviewed to be a part of the competition. We selected 9 finalists to compete at the VFF $25K. 

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At the competition, Jay Shah, Velocity’s Director, announced that the 9 finalists would be competing for a direct equity investment of $50,000. ?????

“For the first time in VFF’s seven-year history, we’ll make investments in today’s four winners—not grants,” said Jay Shah.


We present to you… the 9 finalists that pitched at VFF $25K:

1. ClearVoxel: Yann Gagnon, Co-founder & CEO, pitched for ClearVoxel.

The startup is creating solutions that enable radiologists to leverage AI and diagnose patients more quickly and accurately.

2. Stabilo: Aaron Rosenblum, Co-founder, pitched for Stabilo.

Stabilo is improving the speed and quality of stroke rehabilitation by enabling patients to exercise independently from a therapist. Check out their pitch here.

3. Tugolo: Jay Mahoney, Founder, pitched for Tugolo.

Tugolo lets travelers easily find, customize and book their entire authentic trip, by connecting them with a local who provides everything they need: accommodations, experiences, and services.

4. Glove Systems: Mahdi Sharif, VP Product Engineering, pitched for Glove Systems.

The startup delivers a cloud-based, end-to-end solution for the fabrication industry.

5. Watfly: Abinesh Chandrasekhar, Co-founder, pitched for Watfly.

Watfly is an urban electric flight solution. Check out their pitch here.

6. Zetotec: Darek Blackwell, CEO, pitched for Zetotec.

Zetotec is an app that acts like an AI-powered financial consultant in your pocket. The app automatically captures, analyzes, and learns from a company’s data to maximize operational efficiency and profit in real-time. Check out their pitch here.

7. SiteVue: Anthony Coelho, CEO, pitched for SiteVue.

The startup is an intelligent media management solution that eliminates rework in construction.

8. Volta: Kamyar Rouindej, CEO, pitched for Volta.


Check out their pitch here.

9. Stride: Declan Goncalves, Co-founder & CPO, pitched for Stride.

Stride is a mobile app that helps rehabilitation specialists deliver better care to their patients by helping them collect insightful patient data in less time, with more accuracy, and in a more cost-effective way with the help of machine learning. Check out their pitch here.

After careful deliberation and debate, the judges selected the 4 winning startups that would each receive a $50,000 investment. 


Obviously, these weren’t the actual judges ?

And the winners were…


With the VFF investment, ClearVoxel will be able to accelerate their product validation in the field of mammography and breast cancer screening—where over 245 cases of breast cancer are missed on a daily basis.

Glove Systems… ?

Glove Systems will use the VFF investment to further grow its sales effort.

SiteVue… ??

SiteVue will use the investment from VFF to accelerate the company’s project roadmap and to unlock further sales.

and Tugolo! ??

Tugolo will use the investment from VFF  to execute the next phase of its customer acquisition strategy.


Simon was there in spirit!

These four startups join the previous 91 companies who have pitched and won on the VFF stage and now represent a combined worth of $1 billion!

Watch all the 9 pitches from start to finish here!

Stay tuned for the next VFF pitch competition!

Check out the $5K pitches on YouTube.

Check out the $5K photo album on Facebook. (Photo Credit: Megpie Photography)

Check out the $25K photo album on Facebook. (Photo Credit: Megpie Photography)