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Discovery brings together over 2,600 of the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, the investment community and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in Ontario.

2014 Competition Winners

Elevator Pitch Competition

Returning to Discovery, the Elevator Pitch Competition is an opportunity for young entrepreneurs (aged 29 and under) to perfect the art of the pitch and take their business idea to the next level with a top prize of $5,000. 

LEAD: Dominic Toselli
TEAM: Andrew Andrade, Vikrem Trehin

Investor Pitch Competition

New to Discovery, the Investor Pitch Competition offers investment-ready companies an invaluable opportunity to present to a panel of leading venture capitalists to help scale their business and earn a top prize of $10,000 cash plus $15,000 in professional services. 

Voltera Inc.
LEAD: Alroy Almeida

The David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge

Honouring past OCE Board Chair David McFadden, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge invites university and college students from across Ontario‚Äôs academic institutions to address challenges facing the energy sector.  

LEAD: Dominic Toselli
INSTITUTION: University of Waterloo
TEAM: Andrew Andrade, Vikrem Trehin

Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch

Discovery is pleased to host the second edition of  Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch, an entrepreneurship competition for Ontario high school students presented in collaboration with the Government of Ontario and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) as part of the Youth Jobs Strategy.

Andrew Williams, Poseidon Pool Care, LaSalle
Rabiya Siddiqui, Doodle School, London
Brendan Marentette, Auricle, Kanata
Kaleb Sauve, Vision3D, Sudbury
Joshua Karbi, NotesShare, Toronto
Nathan Peregrine, The Food Plan, Sudbury

Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Student Competition


The Council of Ontario Universities, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, is pleased to present the third annual Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition, seeking innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related barriers.

First Place
TEAM: Jasmine Yeung
INSTITUTION: Carleton University
PROJECT: Expandable Portable Washroom (E-PAW)

First Runner-up and Bonus Prize winner
TEAM: J. Lam, A. Tanashi, N. Kucirek, J. Santarelli and S. Song
INSTITUTION: Western University
PROJECT: Phineas Sensor System

Second Runner-up (tie)
TEAM: Nicholas Schoenhoff
INSTITUTION: McMaster University
PROJECT: Campus Accessibility Mapping Project (CAMP)

TEAM: Katie Roepke
INSTITUTION: Carleton University