STARTUP WEEKEND November 8 – 10
The Brampton Entrepreneur Centre, in partnership with Startup Peel, hosted the Peel Region Techstars Startup Weekend 2019 from November 8-10. over 50 designers, developers, marketers and entrepreneurs – more than 70 percent of them from Brampton - came together to share ideas, form teams and create tech startups.
Over 50 innovative individuals from across the Region kicked off the weekend by pitching their business ideas to the audience. Five of those ideas were selected, and participants, coaches and mentors collaborated around them over the weekend, aiming to turn initial business ideas into Minimum Viable Products (MVP) and services.
On Sunday night, three winning pitches were selected by our event judges (Declan Ramsaran, Managing Director at PANGEA Private Family Offices, Sara Masson is the Director of Customer Success at Loopio, Emil Sylvester Ramos, Co-Founder at IRIS Group and Shauna-Kay Jones Founder at Motify)
Winners received prizes totalling $30,000 in value to help launch their businesses, packages of goods and services including business coaching, print services, memberships and gift cards to support business launch and growth.
The top three winners were:
First place: InstaBUYM
Several Brampton residents were part of the winning team that built a prototype that utilizes GPS, scanners and mobile technology. The goal? To provide consumers access to the latest pricing of products they were purchasing including coupons and allowed them to skip the line and cash out via their mobile device.
The team of InstaBUY included Harsh Pandya, Christian Samaniego, Nathaniel Hawron
Second place: Retail X
Retail X is an Artificial Intelligence system that gives retailers users the power to track and be notified of potential retail product engagement information in real-time. Their system aims to empower retail owners to make more informed decisions to product placement and provide a loyalty program to retail consumes using facial recognition.
The Retail X team comprised of the following individuals: Hadid Huque, Mayur Pandya and Muhammad Qasim.
Third place: Rent-A-Style Boutique
Building on the popularity of the sharing and sustainability economy, the team develop a platform explicitly targeting the South Asian market. The platform allows users to create additional income from outfits they have purchased and renting them out to other members. Each time an item is rented, the owner of the product will receive up to 50% of the profits where they have the option to donate it to a social cause or keep it for additional purchase.
DRIVING DREAMS November 14
The City of Brampton was honoured to host another one of the RIC Centre’s flagship events, “Driving Dreams”, at the Brampton Soccer Centre earlier this month. Driving Dreams brought together 50 Internet of Things (IoT) startups to showcase their technology to investors, corporate leaders, and ecosystem partners. Our 200 attendees were treated to educational sessions on electrification, tools for the logistics sector, and selling for startups from giants such as Telus, Hubspot, and GeoTab.
The day of innovation also included a “Best in Tech” competition. Leaders from Sheridan College and accomplished entrepreneurs met with each of the exhibitors for a demo of their technology and selected the most impressive IoT startup. With their AR and GIS data platform, vGIS went home with the grand prize. The innovative startup walked away with a Hubspot package and consultation valued at $20,000, a meeting with McRock Capital, and 6 months of free co-working at the Brampton Entrepreneur Centre, among many other perks.
Currently located at 2660 Speakman Drive in Mississauga, the RIC Centre helps companies commercialize their technology and go to market in the advanced manufacturing, hardware, and cleantech sectors. Events such as Driving Dreams give RIC’s clients an opportunity to get market feedback to continue growing their products.
The RIC Centre continues to be a valuable partner for the City of Brampton as we build out our technology and innovation ecosystem. Driving Dreams and events like it help us attract not only investors, but the technology companies themselves that will create jobs for Brampton’s future residents.
SPARKIN’ STEM November 16
Sparkin Stem took place at Brampton City Hall. Approximately 120 middle-school students participated in a STEM conference. The goal of the conference was to inspire young minds to explore the world of STEM. Students participated in activities like slime making, egg-drop challenge, paper airplanes and coding and testing robots!
FOUR DAY WORKSHOP at Jean Augustine Secondary School in Partnership with SCI-Arc November 19 - 23
Brampton Secondary School Jean Augustine partnered with a leading international architectural university from LA - Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) - to present a 4-day workshop at Jean Augustine Secondary School. Students spent 3 days working on projects which were displayed at the final showcase event on November 23.
This showcase provided an opportunity for students to present pieces of work that were created in collaboration with SCI-Arc professors. Mayor Patrick Brown was present to welcome guests and kick off the showcase, and other councillors from the city and representatives from the Peel District School Board and local community attended the showcase as well. SCI-Arc is a world renown architectural university known for its innovative thinking.