Velocity Science companies sweep regional Global Student Entrepreneur Award competition

Velocity Science companies sweep regional Global Student Entrepreneur Award competition

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards logoVelocity Science companies NERv, EyeCheck and Sweat Free swept first, second and third place at the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Southern Ontario Regional Competition.

GSEA honours the best and brightest student entrepreneurs and considered the world’s premiere award for students who run companies and study at the same time.

After a successful application process, three Velocity Science companies moved forward to compete at the Southern Ontario Regional GSEA event last week in Toronto.

Each company pitched their idea to a panel of judges and were evaluated on their entrepreneurial skills and abilities as well as their business.

The three Velocity Science teams competing were NERv, EyeCheck and Sweat Free.

NERv, is developing a biodegradable biosensor that will give doctors early warning of infection or bleeding after surgery. NERv Chief Technology Officer Amr Abdelgawad (below) pitched his product to the panel of judges and ultimately placed first.


Rachel Friesen (below) is one of the co-founders of EyeCheck. Using image processing techniques and basic imaging equipment, EyeCheck aims to deliver high quality vision assessments to provide glasses to those who need them most. Friesen placed second.


Chanakya Ramdev, founder of Sweat Free, presented his company’s product to the judges. Sweat Free is using nanotechnology to eliminate sweat stains in apparel. Ramdev, who has already showcased his prototype to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, placed third.


The competition aims to provide feedback and mentorship to the students as well as give them the opportunity to refine their pitches, expand their networks and increase their media exposure and funding.

The Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards are funded by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global non-profit that aims to engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow.

EO is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. It helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts

The finalists will go on to compete at the National GSEA Competition in Toronto in mid-February.

Velocity Science, a partnership between the Faculty of Science and Velocity, is an entrepreneurship program focused on enabling students to initiate and develop world-class life and physical science startups by providing them with the right tools and resources.

Velocity Science includes access to wet-lab space and high-tech equipment, mentoring from successful entrepreneurs and opportunities to collaborate with peers.


Original article from University of Waterloo

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