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Pitch your plan at our events if you lead a company looking to scale, a startup looking to grow, or a new spin out. Presenters receive valuable feedback, same-day scorecards, a video of their pitch within a day, access to advisors on business development, industry connections and investment.

April 17, 2024 presenters, attendees, agenda & report

Virtual Session 1 chaired by Stephen Urquhart, Manager, IRDC

lc7:10 Lana Cuthbertson, Founder & CEO, Areto Labs, a B2B SaaS startup building machine learning technology for improving digital communities.

gk7:20 Greg Kawchuk, Founder & CEO, Augment that, projecting medical images such as CT scans directly onto a patient's moving body.

ak7:35 Amreesh Khanna, CEO & Founder, empowering dentists to improve treatment & acceptance through AI and patient engagement.

Virtual Session 2 chaired by Maryam Hejazi, DiscoveryLab

am7:45 Ameneh Madjd, COO & Co-Founder, D2Type developing a mobile app to empower at-risk individuals to prevent & reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

sumrita8:00 Sumrita Bhat, CEO, Conlis Global, is commercializing a synthetic bone void filler for traumatic bone fracture and injuries

tm8:10 Trevor MacDonald, Owner, Discover Juno, safely connecting women with other nearby women for walks, commutes and transport on-the-fly.

10:00 Opening of in-person by Sheetal Mehta Walsh, CEO, UA Innovation Fund.

Agtech Session 1 chaired by Isabella Bagni, UAIF

mo10:10 Mark Olson, President, Flokk Systems providing systems for herd management and traceability reporting.

gs10:20 Geoffrey Shmigelsky, CTO, OneCup AI deploying AI BETSY, a computer vision system that can identify and track animals uniquely.

Agtech Session 2 chaired by Mark Redmond, CEO, RDAR

lj10:45 Lourdes Juan, Founder, Knead Technologies, providing food organizations with a platform to connect waste with food reuse.

ab10:55 Zoom: Aaron Barr, CEO, Canadian Rockies Hemp Corp on the development of processed hemp fiber at scale to meet industry needs.

Biotech Session 1 chaired by Mahek Seth, Lead Financial Analyst, UAIF

nk11:20 Nir Katchinskiy, CEO & Founder, PulseMedica building revolutionary technology to image and treat vitreoretinal disease.

cc11:30 Colin Coros, COO, Nanostics, a clinical-stage precision health company developing diagnostic tests for cancer.

Biotech Session 2 chaired by Jude Barros, Due Diligence Lead, UAIF

jm11:55 John McDougall, CEO, SynBioBlox Innovations Ltd. using synthetic biology to convert GHG emissions into valuable products..

jm12:05 John Murphy, CEO, Bio-stream Diagnostics Inc. offering a platform for rapid diagnostic tests based on antibody binding.

Medical Devices Session chaired by Tasha Klebe, Backroad Accounting

km12:50 Kelly Mottet, COO, MACH32 Inc., a medical device company creating drug delivery solutions to health concerns.

jr13:00 Jana Rieger, CEO & co-Founder, True Angle, developing wearable digital devices for restoring swallowing function in patients.

Health AI Session chaired by Maryam Hejazi, DiscoveryLab

sg13:25 Sarah Glofcheskie, CEO & Founder, on a health and wellbeing tracker & insight generating app for autistic children.

sp13:35 Shaneel Pathak, CEO and Cofounder, Zamplo offering a platform that allows individuals and researchers to record and share health data.

Engineering Session 1 chaired by Ken Hein, Sound MC

mg14:00 Mustafa Gül, CEO, City Scan Technologies, providing AI-powered cost-effective and scalable infrastructure assessment solutions

da14:10 David Antoniuk, CEO, Dark Matter Materials providing on-demand H2 from water using a revolutionary nanocatalyst.

Engineering Session 2 chaired by Jared Smith, JS Advisory

mk14:35 Mike Krokis, President, Dune Engineering providing energy auditing, modeling, commissioning and recommissioning services.

mc14:45 Marc Colombina, VP of Operations, Director, Terrapin, unlocking the inherent value of waste heat and geothermal energy.

gma14:55 Ghulam Muhammad Ali, CEO, SensiImage Technologies, developing mobile crane communication and safety systems.

Biotech Session 3 chaired by Diana Shaw, Shaw Solutions

pl15:20 Peter Light, CSO, Fringe Field Technologies commercializing a wearable device for monitoring multiple biomarkers.

ds15:30 Daniel Nisakar Meenakshi Sundaram, RJH Biosciences, developing nucleic acid-based delivery agents foe leukemia therapy.

15:40 Closing Discussions followed by Networking Session

Previous DiscoveryLab Events

Meeting with Edmonton Global on March 5, 2024

rob brownRob Brown, CEO, KERB on improving the parking experiences and mobility for citizens across the world. Plan Deck

hagay levyHagay Levy, Co-founder & CEO, Iluria Ltd. offers a precision medicine platform for behavioral & mental health, starting with ADHD. Deck

amenehAmeneh Madjd, Co-Founder, D2Type on a mobile app to empower at-risk individuals to prevent & reverse Type 2 Diabetes Plan Deck

khKevin Hull, CEO, Emergent Waste Solutions on deploying thermolysis for converting of waste materials into marketable products. Plan

fredFred Glawischnig, CEO, Credit Gurus on transforming the credit improvement industry. Plan Deck

jolene aliJolene Ali, Founder, Gummy Nutrition Lab produces innovative and delicious nutraceutical gummies. Plan Deck

jeremieJeremie Bourqui, Founder & CEO, Wave View Imaging is developing the Wave View Scanner for breast density assessment. Plan

toddTodd McMullen, Director, Pavonis Diagnostics Inc. is commercializing a label-free, thin film platform for performing immunoassays.Plan Deck

pkPiyush Kumar, President & CEO, WWiKY BioSciences offers precision theranostic management of hypoxic tumors. Plan Deck

Meeting at Bennett Jones on December 5, 2023

Abdullah Choudhry Abdullah Choudhry, Co-Founder, Arbor, offering a platform to empower companies to measure and optimize product sustainability

amir Amirreza Sohrabi, Co-Founder & CEO of Roshan Water Solutions, developing nanotechnology for management of water and wastewater

jasonJason Hendrick, President, OceanML provides integrated machine learning consulting, custom predictive analytical solutions

martinMartin Ferguson-Pell, Founding President and Isha Katyal, CEO of Click&Push, a wearable device company for terrain navigation

shaneelShaneel Pathak, CEO and Cofounder, Zamplo Inc., empowers individuals to track, analyze and share their health data and journey

claireClaire Dixon, co-Founder & CEO, Neuraura is developing bioelectronic devices for treatment for brain and metabolic-related disorders

amolAmol Karnick, President & CEO, KA Imaging, developing  X-ray imaging technologies for medical, veterinary, and industrial markets

aruAru Narendran, Founder & CEO, Teresagenics Pharma Inc. (Calgary), developing a small molecule drug for cancer treatment

gavinGavin Oudit, CEO, PEARKO Therapeutics Inc., which is focused on developing biologics to treat cardiovascular diseases.

sumritaSumrita Bhat, CEO, Conlis Global, is commercializing a synthetic bone void filler for traumatic bone fracture and injuries

marc Marc Curial, Founder & CMO, MACH32 Inc. is medical device company that creates innovative drug delivery solutions to health concerns

pankaj Pankaj Purwar, Co-Founder, Farmer's Legacy Biotech, creating healthy and sustainable oil for Canadian consumers

MasoudMasoud Baghelani, CEO & Founder, NeatFil, offering solutions for sustainable removal of organic contaminants from wastewater.

johnJohn Murphy, CEO, Bio-Stream Diagnostics Inc. is commercializing its bio-assay testing and reader platform.

jeffersontyJefferson Roc, President, and Ty McKinney, CSO, PeerX.AI: personalized care with mental health and peer support

peterPeter Root, Co-founder, Wildfire Robotics: self-propelled and remotely controlled robotic firewall deployable in rough terrain

markMark Olson, President, Flokk Systems provides systems for herd management and traceability reporting

ali salmanAli Salman, Founder, Lawtiq, providing AI technology to help newcomers settle in Canada by navigating the immigration process

colincatalinaColin Coros, CCO & Catalina Vasquez, COO, Nanostics on development of cancer diagnostic tests.

LeylaLeyla Kara, CEO, Co-Founder, SpectraCann aims to expedite drug testing with breath analyzing spectrometers and AI/ML techniques

peterPeter Light, CSO, Fringe Field Technologies Inc. on wearable devices for monitoring multiple biomarkers for conditions including diabetes

toddTodd McMullen, Director, Pavonis Diagnostics Inc., developing a thin-film diagnostic platform for immunoassay and antibody validation



Sept 25-26, ACRC Conference in Edmonton

Danika_KellyDanika Kelly, Co-Founder & CEO, My Normative Inc. (Calgary) is a female-focused health platform driving innovation through clinically validated data collection, data management, and analytical processes

Maximilian-KerzMaximilian Kerz, Co-founder & CEO, Cherry Health (Calgary), a network founded by physicians for physicians that aims to make recruitment into clinics and hospitals as straightforward as possible

ty mckinneyTy McKinney, CSO of PeerX.AI (Calgary), Co-founder of 8 Bit Cortex and Research Director of the Branch Out Neurological Foundation

Amir NezhadAmir Nezhad, CEO, CriticareDx (Calgary) offers capillary self-powered microfluidics and electrochemical nano-biosensors that have the power to revolutionize and disrupt lab testing

Piyush KumarPiyush Kumar,President & CEO, WWiKY BioSciences (Edmonton) is developing cancer theranostics that exploit hypoxia, which leads to metastatic progression and resistance

aneal khanAneal Khan, CEO, Discovery DNA (Calgary) provides accredited genetic testing for medical decisions, providing tools for early detection and treatment of diseases

RahimMohammad Rahim, Founder and CSO, RANE Pharmaceutical Inc, a chemistry CRO in Edmonton developing scalable synthetic methods for complex medicinal chemistry targets and natural products

Amol-KarnickAmol Karnick, President & CEO, KA Imaging Inc. (Waterloo) is developing  X-ray imaging technologies and systems for medical, veterinary, and non-destructive test industrial markets

mirna-damergMirna Damergi, Product Manager, Rapid Infection Diagnostics Inc. (Calgary) also Lead Speaker Coordinator, YYC Data Convention and U Calgary grad

jessica huJessica Hu, CEO, Gene Biomedical, which provides molecular diagnostics, drugs detection, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics, technologies

ali-pormohammadAli Pormohammad, CEO, MHCombiotic Inc. which is combating the issue of antimicrobial resistance by pioneering groundbreaking antimicrobials (Combiotic)



May 26, 2023 at The Bow, Calgary (Program)

troy feenerTroy Feener, COO, Rapid Infection Diagnostics, Inc., a University of Calgary startup, on a suite of diagnostic tools for microbial infections including those that cause bloodstream and urinary tract infections.

conor-phillips.gifCarrie Shemanko founded Crocus Biomedical, a University of Calgary-based startup that has developed a blood and tumour tissue-based molecular test for physicians to identify individuals at high risk of bone metastasis.

roger-zemp.gifRoger Zemp, Founder, CliniSonix Inc. an Edmonton-based startup that has invented scalable probe technology that significantly outperforms current 2D/3D ultrasound scanners in terms of resolution and speed.

colin corosColin Coros, CCO, Nanostics Inc., an Edmonton-based a clinical-stage precision health company with a detection platform for a range of diseases including prostate and bladder cancer.

kathleenKathleen McMahon, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Wave View Imaging Inc. (Calgary) is developing pain-free and timely breast imaging systems using microwave technology.

Pierre-Lemire.jpgPierre Lemire, CEO, Kent Imaging (Calgary), designs and manufactures multispectral oxygenation imaging technology for limb preservation and surgical care.

john murphyJohn Murphy, CEO, Bio-stream Diagnostics Inc. (Edmonton) has developed an organic electrochemical transistor-based platform for faster, more accurate diagnostic tests based on antibody binding target antigen for a variety of infections.

conor-phillips.gifClaire Dixon, co-Founder & CEO, Neuraura (Calgary) which has developed a bioelectronic wearable and is targeting polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Mehdi Mohammadi AshaniMehdi Mohammadi Ashani, BioSenta (Calgary) develops and manufactures environmentally sound chemical compounds including Tri-Filler, which offers broad spectrum antimicrobial properties for household and industrial applications.

michael-weickertMichael Weickert, CEO, Pacylex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. a University of Alberta spinout which is developing a first in class myristoylation inhibitor as a new oral daily therapy for hematologic and solid tumor cancers.

Maximilian KerzMaximilian Kerz, co-Founder & CEO Cherry Health (Calgary) has develped an app for posting of temporary, permanent and telehealth physician jobs and is building a network that connects physicians, employers and industry.

Jason HendrickJason Hendrick, President, OceanML provides integrated machine learning consulting, custom predictive analytical solutions and solutions for clients in industries including energy, resource development, cleantech, government, finance and health care.

alan tayAlan Tay, CEO, Delphi Technology Corp. offers rapid, scalable, conversational & action-based avatar training for airlines & aerospace companies and government and defence contractors.

John-MacInnesJohn MacInnes, Founder, Earthware Reusables Inc. Billions of food takeout containers go into our landfills every year. Earthware is a return for reuse takeout container service that eliminates this problem by selling reusable containers to restaurants, hotels, caterers, grocery stores and farmers.

ryan-gallowayRyan Galloway, Founder, Inversion Point Technologies Ltd. specializes in the cost-effective direct removal of atmospheric methane at scale.

AmirSanatiChris Cassin, CEO of Zero Point Cryogenics (Edmonton) builds dilution refrigerators, which operate at temperatures near absolute zero, for quantum technology applications.

Amirreza-SohrabiAmirreza Sohrabi, co-Founder and CEO, Roshan Water Solutions (Edmonton) has developed VeloCens, which is an end-to-end product package for onsite, real-time testing of water samples for bacteria.

Masoud-BaghelaniMasoud Baghelani, CEO and Founder, NeatFil Inc. (Edmonton) offers a recyclable and reusable material for efficient, cost-effective removal of organic contaminants including dyes and pigments from water and wastewater.

Damilare-OdumosuDamilare Odumosu, Founder/C.E.O, All Farmers Online provides precision agriculture services and sensors to farmers, allowing them to optimize yields, reduce costs, and improve efficiency based on analysis of data collected from drones, satellites, and cameras.

conor-phillips.gifConor Phillips, Founder & CEO, Pathfinder365 (Saskatoon) provides a digital exploration tool that serves as an all-inclusive, one-stop source for diverse tourism destinations including travel, activity, entertainment and accommodation options.

conor-phillips.gifCarine Bado, CEO & Founder, My Little Tribe has designed an app for parents who are looking to book affordable, reliable and flexible private childcare services such as babysitting, nanny and home care.

David RoseneggerDavid Rosenegger, CEO, SenseSi Technology Inc, a Calgary-based startup developing wearable non-invasive diagnostic sensors to monitor cortisol levels which can predict stress, inflammation and concussion severity.

Timothy BurgessTimothy Burgess, CEO and co-Founder, WealthAgile (Toronto) provides an AI powered crypto portfolio manager that connects via API to crypto exchanges to automatically manage customers’ crypto portfolios.

Meeting on March 14, 2023:

robRob Brown, CEO and Co-Founder, KERB, a global parking and mobility B2B and B2C enablement platform. Also board member, Marketplace Risk and non-executive director, Mozaik Play.

Ran Izraeli, VP Product & Corporate Development, Iluria Health Ltd, a digital health company utilizing biomarker data (wearable agnostic) to provide ongoing ADHD monitoring. Previously Investment Manager, Foriland Investment/Fishman Group.

Audrey Bond, Founder & CEO, Vaultt, an information management and communication platform that launched in 2020, partnered with Boehringer Ingelheim, and provides quick, easy and secure data sharing to ensuring quality of health care. UOttawa grad.

Pierre-WijdenesPierre Wijdenes, Co-founder & CPO, Neuraura is bringing a treatment for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome to market. He previously co-founded a B2C healthcare community platform.

Alireza-BahramianAlireza Bahramian, CEO and Founder, OfBrains. Also Lecturer at McGill University and CEO of OfBrains, former visiting professor at U Calgary focusing on the early diagnosis of Parkinson's diseases using biosensors.

kathleenKathleen McMahon, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Wave View Imaging Inc. Previously Community Ambassador, University of Calgary; Program Coordinator, March of Dimes.

mikeMike Tourigny, COO, Acceleware Ltd. Previously Principal, Castle Communications, CMO Aksys Networks, EVP Corporate Corporate Development, Guest-tek Interactive Entertainment Ltd.

andyAndy Wiebe, Founder, TerraGen Technology Group. Also Customer Relations Specialist, Ens Quality Seed. Previously Partner, Other Brother Coffee Roasters and VP, Jonny's Java Coffee Inc.

Guy Gordon, Co-founder, Previously Executive Director, Innovation and Service Delivery, Central Services, Province of Manitoba and at the Institute for Citizen-Centred Service.

Fred GlawischnigFred Glawischnig, CEO, Credit Gurus. Previously Trainer, FSM Connect; Finance Manager, Twin Motors and Murray GM; Project Manager, Canadian Cannabis Solutions Inc.

Kelly Hall, CEO, Vermillion Power Technologies Inc. Also Principal, Kelly Hall & Associates Limited. Founding Partner, Oil Removal Technologies Ltd; manager at Nexen and Suncor. U Waterloo grad.

Jason HendrickJason Hendrick, President, OceanML. Previously Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Summit Nanotech; Geoscientist, Nexen Energy; ULC Proposal Writing Specialist, AltaML.

Mirna DamergiMirna Damergi, Product Manager, Rapid Diagnostics is developing Hopper™, a diagnostic platform that is mass spectrometry-based and allows rapid diagnosis of bacterial and yeast infections.

Shreya KadiaShreya Kadia, Founder, Tarasnacks, a manufacturer of ethnic-based Dry Snacks food products. Also Director of Dutch Uncle Immigration Inc. a management consulting firm advising companies.

Ali Salman, Founder, Also Strategic Advisor, Grow Base; Co-founder and CMO. Rapid Boost Marketing; Marketing Lead, Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Canada.

mark olsonMark Olson, President, Flokk. Also Principal, Solon Technology Consulting. Previously Owner, Red Shed Farm. B.Sc in Computer Science, University of Calgary.

SimbaSimba Nyazika, CEO and Founder, Lenica Research Group. Previously Behaviour Consultant, Children's Autism Services of Edmonton; Board Member, Interdisciplinary Consulting Association.

michael weinfeldMichael Weinfeld, Vice-President, CSO, and Co-founder of WWiKY BioSciences Inc. Also Professor, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta and Senior Scientist, Alberta Health Services.

jasonJason Clarke, VP of Sales, Pleasant Solutions. Previously Owner, JayCin; Sales Executive Matrikon; Regional Sales Manager- net-linx AG. Business / Finance, NAIT.

evaEva Mah Borsato, Founder and CEO, FutureCite Inc. Previously Board Director, The Sandbox Project. Tech Accelerator, Founder Institute. MBA, Queens U; ICD, Alberta School of Business, UoA.

chaneelChaneel Park, CEO of MakeSens. Former Graduate student and Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Calgary, with a degree of Ph.D. in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

Testimonials from presenters at our events:

"Our previous pitch connected us with three companies that are now pursuing collaborative work with us as well as accelerating our consumer testing lab at the University of Alberta. This is a major step forward as we engage customers and fine-tune our products to meet the needs of our users." -TM

"We had the pleasure of presenting at your Discovery Lab events, what a fantastic experience! A few highlights are meeting with new advisor and now we are working on a paid project with them. We also connected with folks from Edmonton Global and from there additional meetings lead to me introducing them to an Investor from Singapore who we are trying to attract to Edmonton. Now we have multiple efforts looking to bring at least part of their $100 million health fund to Alberta! " -JM

"You did an admirable job of putting this together. From the quality of the participants/viewers to the administration of the process and the follow-up, I'm impressed. I have two meetings as a direct result of my presentation. Thanks for including me, and for inviting me to the next one; I fully intend to present at the next meeting" - KH

"Great event! It was captivating" - RJ

"Thank you again for the opportunity to pitch. Actually, we are having a couple of followup calls with stakeholders" - HL

"Our project has picked up significantly since we last presented at DiscoveryLab. We have partnered to expand our program for the treatment of COVID-19 patients and we are now at 22 sites."

"Our DiscoveryLab presentation led to participation of 2 investors in our seed round, a strategic machine learning technology development partnership, a remote patient monitoring collaboration with a University, and this week’s announcement of an exciting product launch."

"The suggestions I got from the DiscoveryLab meeting were great. Thanks!"

"I would like to thank you for organizing the pitch event. We were very happy about the outcome of the pitch. We wanted some advice and that's what we got. We would love to pitch again."

"I wanted to send a note to thank you very much for the opportunity to present yesterday. We enjoyed the experience and also were able to resolve an issue."

"My company got funding."

General Schedule for DiscoveryLab Events

Teams are welcome to present a plan for free in 10 minutes. Some presenters will be offered an upgrade to a 20 minute in-person slot as well as networking reception - submit your executive summary to qualify. A supportive panel of business advisors, industry experts and investors provides free advice and offers to connect are made.

Early stage ventures, academics, start-ups and SMEs are welcome to present their plan and will be given tailored advice on how to commercialize, spin out, scale and reach new markets.

For clarity, DiscoveryLab does not recommend advisors or investors, but can make introductions. Each person and company has the responsibility of obtaining legal advice and performing due diligence before signing contracts or taking investments.

New ventures, SMEs and startups at any stage are invited to registor as are advisors interested in joining our panel. No bystanders please, everyone is asked to participate actively.

Anyone is welcome to register to pitch a business idea or plan in any field, at any stage, and from any province.

An updated executive summary of your business plan must be submitted to finalize your pitching slot.

Note: Please tell us if you can't make it in to pitch, unjustified last minute cancellations and no-shows are subject to a charge of $20 as they prevent others from pitching to our advisors.

DISCLAIMER: The plans, thoughts, and opinions expressed by presenters belong solely to the presenters. DiscoveryLab and Science Capital do not support or promote the research presented, we provide an open forum for discussion. A video recording of the web conferences will be given to Advisors, Funders & Investors to help them make decisions regarding allocation of advice and resources.

Tips for pitching your plan

  1. Presenters are asked to give the organizers their business plan summary (1 or 2 pages) a week before and their slide-deck the day before the event. This way we can ensure technical compatibility and line up the talks to minimize any downtime.
  2. Feel free to bring your own Flash drive or computer with cable and adapter.
  3. Arrive about 10 minutes early to get oriented. You’ll be given a debrief and evaluation after your pitch.
  4. Stay on time (10 minutes for a full presentation, or 2-5 minutes for an elevator pitch) to ensure there is enough time for Q&A.
  5. Say a few words of background about yourself to start out the presentation. 
  6. Focus on the business plan, not technical or proprietary detail (which you can cover in follow up meetings if desired). Show how this presented a unique and timely opportunity for scalable growth, investment and/or partnering.
  7. Turn complexity and jargon into plain English.  Use accessible pictures or videos.  Avoid technical terms and abstraction. Instead, give specific examples, numbers and explain.
  8. Be passionate. Present potential risks as well as plans and successes. Show confidence and ambition.
  9. Don't be boastful or flaunt your ego.
  10. Engage with your team and panel, listening carefully and taking constructive criticism.
  11. Don’t read your talk. Notes are ok.  Rehearse beforehand to get the timing, clarity and impact right.

Slide guidance

  1. A graphic image or video communicates better than text.   Avoid crowded collages.
  2. Text is not needed.  Spoken words communicate more effectively.  If text is used, a few lines should suffice.  Avoid slides which consist of only a headline and list of bullet-points.
  3. Show several slides which each present a single idea, graph, image or data type, and form a progression, e.g. from challenge, opportunity, discovery, reality check, to future plan.
  4. Aim for no more than 1 slide per minute.
  5. Keep a clear surrounding margin around text for increased legibility.
  6. Sans-serif fonts (e.g. Helvetica) are easier to read at a distance than serif fonts (e.g. Times).
  7. Use a simple background.
  8. Use high-resolution images that are from your work, are licensed, or else attribute the source.
  9. For data graphs or charts, use a text font size that can be read from the back of a board room, including labels on x- and y-axes and data points.