McGill’s Dobson Cup announces semi-finalists


After reviewing 136 submissions, the semi-finalists for the 2017 Dobson Cup have been announced.

The Dobson Cup is McGill University’ annual startup competition hosted by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, and powered by National Bank. Started in 2009, it and has helped create more than 125 successful startups that continue to employ nearly 1,103 people. About 150 teams participated in last year’s Dobson Cup, while more than 1,000 teams (over 2,200 entrepreneurs) have pitched to successful entrepreneurs within the Dobson Centre network.

Out of the 136 applications submitted, 121 McGill startups will be moving forward to the next round in the competition that awards $100,000 in seed funding to the most promising startups across four tracks: Innovation Driven Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, Social Enterprise, and Health Sciences.

“We’re excited for this year’s competition – looking over the submissions that came in for this year’s McGill Dobson Cup, we could be looking at the next big startup out of Montreal,” the Dobson Centre’s Renjie Butalid told MTLinTECH.

Butalid previously told MTLinTECH that the organizers were expecting more science and research-based submissions this year.

“We’ve been working closely with Invention Development and Entrepreneurship Assistance (IDEA), Innovations Catalyst in Engineering (ICE), the Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, among many other partners at McGill,” said Butalid. “We’re hoping that this will be our most competitive McGill Dobson Cup startup competition to date.”

In addition to the prize money donated by the National Bank, there will also be a number of prizes up for grabs, including: the Grit Prize; the Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize, which debuted at last year’s competition; and new for this year, the L’Oréal-Dobson Startup Award

The selected startups will have the chance to pitch in front of world-class judges and mentors in the McGill Dobson Cup Semi-Finals February 14-17th, 2017. Click here for the full list of selected startups in the four categories listed above.

The Dobson Student Executive Team has also planned a host of activities leading up to the next round of the Dobson Cup. The events and workshops are all free, but registration is required as space is limited.

– February 2, 2017: How to Pitch Your Startup Workshop

– February 9, 2017: Public Speaking Workshop

– February 14-17, 2017: SEMI-FINALS McGILL DOBSON CUP 2017

– February 23, 2017: Market Research Workshop

– March 7, 2017: Startup Financials Workshop

– March 9, 2017: Startup Legals & Protecting Your IP

– March 16, 2017: Social Media Marketing for Startups

– March 22, 2017: FINALS McGILL DOBSON CUP 2017

– March 30, 2017: McGill Dobson Cup 2017 Awards Ceremony

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