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Register to join us at DiscoveryLab's next meeting. Pitch a business plan (by Zoom) in any tech sector including biomedical, agriculture, environmental, life sciences, artificial intelligence or energy. Alternatively join in the discussions and provide your expertise and advice to a growing team. Check out the past presenters below. Many have gone on to build new companies and secure funding, with over $125 million raised by our alumni in the past 2 years. You are welcome to join our growing community of researchers making a difference to society.

Testimonials

"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."

"We received a connection to TEC Edmonton which resulted in mentorship and admission into an accelerator."

"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 in 10 minutes. A supportive panel of business experts and investors then provide free advice in a private round table discussion.

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.

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.

DiscoveryLab Presenters on April 22, 2021:

Grant Kelba, Regenitech Canada
Barry Farquharson, CEO, Nova Green Inc.
John Ralston, CEO and Founder, PROTXX Inc.
Michael J. Weickert, PhD, CEO, Pacylex Pharmaceuticals
Mathew Diggle, Founder & CEO,  TestNTravel
Danika Kelly, Co-Founder, My Normative Inc.
Stephen Ferry, Director, Hermod Medical
Carlos Cervera on a clinical trial to treat COVID-19 patients
Ty McKinney, Co-Founder, 8 Bit Cortex

Ty McKinney pitched  8 Bit Cortex at DiscoveryLab on April 22, 2021. He is looking for advisors, and is addressing a challenge identified at NeuroNexus.

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.

We thank those who have presented including:

  1. 2S Water: Anthea Sargeaunt
  2. 99bits: Abdullah Choudhry,
  3. 48 Hour Discovery: Samantha Kwok & Ratmir Derda
  4. 8 Bit Cortex, Co-Founder, Ty McKinney
  5. Airterra CEO Rob Lavoie
  6. Alpine Innovative Research, Dane Bosman: Air Sniper
  7. Alberta Precision Labs, Clinical Microbiologist, Mathew Diggle
  8. Antibiddies Technologies: D Marchant, L Bilawchuk & F West
  9. Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation, Rakesh Bhat
  10. Autoimmune Hepatitis: A. Landi & A. Clementin
  11. Awele Technologies: Godfrey Okeke
  12. Bessie Founder Spencer Kerber
  13. BioAro, Amir Nezhad, University of Calgary
  14. BioImmuno Designs: Shairaz Baksh
  15. BioLargo: Richard Smith
  16. Biomedarmour, Simon Park, University of Calgary
  17. Biomimetic Exosomes: Kunal Karan & Arin Sen
  18. BitCan Geosciences & Engineering, Yanguang Yuan
  19. Bitcoin Air: Bretton Whervin
  20. Blindman Brewing: Kirk Zembal & Shane Groendahl
  21. Boron Heterocycles for Drug Discovery: Dennis Hall
  22. Biomarkers for Pediatric Cancer: Aru Narendran
  23. Breast Cancer Biomarkers: Carrie
  24. BYBOCAM CEO & Founder Ketsia Lombosso Engoya
  25. Canada NeuroTech: Yvonne Wong, CUE
  26. Canadian BioSample Repository: Bruce Ritchie
  27. Canadian Rockies Hemp Corp, Aaron Barr
  28. Carlos Cervera: Early use of Tocilizumab for COVID-19
  29. Cheminger Inc: Nataraj Pagadala
  30. Childhood Pneumonia Biomarkers: Qaasim Mian
  31. Chipcare, Lynn McNeil
  32. Click & Push: Martin Ferguson-Pell
  33. Click & Push Accessiblity Inc. COO Sydney Hampshire
  34. CliniSonics: Roger Zemp
  35. COMS: Centre for Online Mental health Support, Peter Silverstone
  36. Creative Protein Solutions, CEO, Daria Venkova
  37. Criticare Dx: Amir Nezhed
  38. Crowdblink, Trevor Macdonald
  39. Daphe Water Solutions, CTO, Luisa Orsini
  40. Dealcloser: Amir Reshef
  41. Drug Discovery Chemical Space: Dennis Hall
  42. Easy fMRI and Easy Data: Tony Yousefnezhad
  43. EcoVitro: Lion Budrass
  44. EHCAPS, Amrich by Tanveer Ahmad
  45. Elsius Biomedical, Alessandro Biglioli: ECMO
  46. ENTiD: Rahul Arora
  47. Entos Pharmaceuticals: John Lewis & Arun Raturi
  48. Farmer's Legacy Biotech, CEO,Pankaj Purwar,
  49. Flu Fighting Chickens: Katharine Magor
  50. FluroTech, CEO, Dan Dalla-Londa
  51. Fly and Fetch: Shelvie Fernan & Victoria Celi
  52. Food Wastes to Alternative Energy: Peter Johnson
  53. Fourien: Faheem Khan
  54. FREDsense Technologies Corp, Co-Founder, Robert Mayall
  55. Gane Ka-Shu Wong: nucleic acids based covid-19 diagnostics
  56. Guanqun Chen, Plant Biotechnology Lab, University of Alberta
  57. Health District: Khurram Jahangir
  58. Health Gauge: Randy Duguay & Bruce Matichuk
  59. Hempact: Nicole Sanchez, Jenny Li & Anka Chan
  60. High Density Power Conversion: Zhongyi Quan
  61. Human Cytomegalovirus: James Nieman
  62. illumiSonics: Roger Zemp
  63. IMBiotechnologies: Michael Stewart
  64. Giant Health: Inbound Trade Mission, Barry Shrier
  65. HOPE Project, Dawn Kingston
  66. Inclusion Playland: Rebecca Murray
  67. Inkubate Packaging, Travis Dahl
  68. InPlanta Biotechnology, Director, Igor Kovalchuk
  69. iYu Inc: Mike Wade, Concordia University Edmonton
  70. Kent Imaging, Pierre Lemire
  71. Khaled Barakat: small molecule inhibitor design
  72. KRS Biopharma: Tina Rinker
  73. Lenica Research Group: Simba Nyazika
  74. LKSAVI: Lorne Tyrell
  75. MagnetTx: Gino Fallone
  76. Mahdi Tavakoli: Robotic System Following Injury
  77. Medo.ai, David Quail & Jeevesh Kapur
  78. Meros Polymers: Afsaneh Lavasanifar
  79. Metric Technologies, Abdullah Saleh
  80. MITS: Jeremie Bourqui
  81. Metabolomic Technologies Inc: Lu Deng
  82. mmHg Inc: Peter Wood & Dr. Raj Padwal
  83. My Normative Inc., Co-Founder, Danika Kelly
  84. Nabati Foods, President, Ahmad Yehya
  85. Nanologaudio: Adam Brown
  86. Nanostics: Colin Coros
  87. Nectar, Co-Founder & CEO, Marc-André Roberge
  88. Neuraura CEO Pierre Wijdenes and COO Claire Dixon
  89. New Paradigm Hempery, Luc d'Abadie
  90. Nova Green Inc., CEO, Barry Farquharson
  91. ofbrains: Alireza Bahramian
  92. OPTEL Group, Louis-Olivier Roy
  93. OrigamAi, CEO, Kyle McLeod
  94. Outbreaker Solutions: Brayden Whitlock
  95. OVA, CEO, Harold Dumur
  96. Palliative Care Matters: Konrad Fassbender
  97. Pacylex: M Weickert, J Mackey, R Heit & L Berthiaume
  98. PainWorth: Mike Zouhri
  99. PEARKO Therapeutics,Gavin Oudit
  100. Phelix, Co-Founder,Varun Pulapaka
  101. Pleasant Solutions, Thomas Stachura
  102. Polar Canadian Swine LLP: Alfred Wahl
  103. Praeventus Corporation: Jerome Yager, UofA
  104. Prominent: A Flynn, R Burrell, T McMullen & T Briggs
  105. Protxx: John Ralston    
  106. Qualisure Diagnostics: David Bocking & Oliver Bathe
  107. Quantum Silicon Inc, Robert Wolkow
  108. Rafiq Ahmad: Smart Engineering Solutions to Cope with COVID-19
  109. Rapid Prototyping: Suresh Nayar
  110. Rashid Mirzavand: Multi-Parameter Wireless Bio-Sensor System
  111. RAZN Health Decision Modelling: Negin Razavilar
  112. Regenitech Canada, Grant Kelba
  113. Repertoire Immune Systems, Karsten Sauer
  114. Reveal Medical Corp, CEO Steve Jakeway
  115. Revive Wellness Inc: Loreen Wales
  116. RJH Biosciences: Juliana Valencia & Remant KC
  117. Roshan Water Solutions Inc: Amirreza Sohrabi
  118. Safe Contact Solutions, Kevin Maloney
  119. SafeSpaceHealth: Khurram Jahangir
  120. Sawback Technologies, Founder, Neil Keown
  121. SensorUp Founder & CTO Steve Liang
  122. Sialogene: Chris Cairo
  123. Siberian Meat Dumplings, Mark Friesen
  124. SMALP Network: Michael Overduin
  125. SN Biomedical: Hillary Sweet & Matthew Nickel
  126. SolAeroMed, John Dennis
  127. Solar Oxygen: Nicolas Conradi
  128. Staffing Call, CEO and Founder, Adam Balogh
  129. ST Innovations Business Development Manager, Jonathan Butterworth
  130. Story City: Emily Craven
  131. Summit Nanotech, Drew Moxon,
  132. Sunmor Research Inc, Medical Director, Kevin Morin,
  133. Surgical Simulation: Bin Zheng
  134. Swae CEO Soushiant Zanganehpour
  135. Symbiotic EnviroTek Inc., CTO, Jeremy Sluyters
  136. Syantra Diagnostics: Tina Rinker
  137. Syngli: Simon Overduin
  138. Targeting LPA Signaling: David Brindley
  139. Technology Shops, Steve Lloyd: CoronaHood
  140. Tele-Rehabilitation, Martin Ferguson-Pell
  141. Terrahub, Elena Dumitrascu
  142. TestNTravel, Founder & CEO, Mathew Diggle
  143. ThermoReCON: Larry Unsworth
  144. ThyroSPEC: Paul Stewardson
  145. The TireGrabber: Darcy Goossen 
  146. TMIC, James Harynuk
  147. Token Naturals, CEO & Co-Founder, Keenan Pascal
  148. Umay Care: Sharmin Habib
  149. Unit9: CoronaSaver, Martin Percy
  150. Vanier Institute of the Family, CEO, Nora Spinks
  151. Virtual Orthodontic Residency: Tarek El-Bialy
  152. WWiKY Theranostica: Len Wiebe & Piyush Kumar
  153. XoTech: Amir Sanati Nezhad
  154. ZAFA Rapid Biorefinery: Aman Ullah
  155. Zenxmed and Openxmed: Colm Murphy
  156. Zept, CEO,Gregg Oldring

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.