Not only does the end of the term mean it’s time to unwind, but it also means that we spring into the Concept $5k Pitch Competition. As always, we were so impressed with the ideas that the student teams brought to the table and immensely proud of the progress they have made from their first submissions to now. 

Despite still being amidst a pandemic and the challenges of working remotely and with limited physical resources, these entrepreneurial students focused on their innovations and continued to develop new ideas. A huge kudos to everyone who applied this semester and pitched at the Semi-Finals or the Finals. Your dedication is highly admirable and stands as a testament to both your character and commitment to creating solutions. 

We would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone on our judging panel for taking the time to come out and help support student entrepreneurship. Their questions and feedback were invaluable for the teams and will enable them to look deeper into their ideas and better refine them for future success. Thank you to Alysaa CoMegan Boyd, and Elliot Fung for providing their expertise and helping to split hairs between Finalists and Winners. Although each team made their decision difficult, a few pitches and ideas stood out above the rest. 

The winners for the Spring 2021 Concept $5k Grant Are: 

MedAtlas

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MedAtlas aims to simplify access to specialist healthcare in Africa using telemedicine solutions. 

Team:
Margaret Mutumba
Bonita Nanziri

Stay in Touch with MedAtlas:
Website
LinkedIn

HouseAI

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House AI is a customized data analytics solution for hospitals and healthcare institutions that saves lives, costs, and improves workflows. 

Team:
Matthew Jiao 
Adam Lam 
Amrit Bhogal

Stay in Touch with HouseAI:
Website

Maesos

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Maesos is developing an IoT microclimate monitoring network using smart weather sensors and novel plant health sensors to optimize agricultural management, maximize yield and combat damage caused by weather, pests, diseases and sprays. 

Team:
Brandon Chan
Jack Paduchowski 
Kurtis Eisler 

Stay in Touch with Maesos:
Website
LinkedIn

SAFI

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SAFI is a portable, cost effective, and easy to use pasteurization kit made for Kenyan herders to clean their milk and prevent the spread of deadly illnesses. 

Team:
Miraal Kabir
Daria Margarit
Martin Turuta
Alex Shehdula

Stay in Touch with SAFI:
Website
LinkedIn

But Wait!

With a goal of increasing health innovation, this semester we had an ADDITIONAL $5k allocated to a team who had a health focused idea. For the first time in Concept HISTORY, one team was awarded a total of $10k for their idea. That team is… 

MedAtlas

Congratulations MedAtlas for raising the bar! We can’t wait to follow along your journey and see where your idea goes. 

Your Vote Counts! 

Although the $5K grants have been named, the competition isn’t over yet because we want your say! Head over to the finalist pitches on YouTube and give the video of your favourite team a like. The team with the most video likes will be announced the People’s Champ and will receive $500! Voting is open until August 6, 2021 so be sure to do so ASAP and follow our socials to stay tuned for the winners! 


As another semester draws to a close, the University of Waterloo community has once again displayed a passion for innovation and a dedication to creating solutions. We commend everyone involved and look forward to seeing all these teams (Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and applicants) continue to develop their ideas and build awesome startups at UWaterloo. To stay knowledgeable about other exciting opportunities and to see how these teams progress, be sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter for your weekly dose of Concept news. 

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