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Register below to join us at DiscoveryLab's next meeting on January 28 to pitch a business plan in any sector including biotech, agriculture, environmental, life sciences, or AI, information or energy technologies by Zoom or to provide expert advice to a growing team.

Schedule for DiscoveryLab meeting on October 22, 2020

1:00 pm Introductions and opening
1:15 pm
Jonathan Butterworth Business Development Manager ST Innovations
1:30 pm Martin Ferguson-Pell Principal Investigator Tele-Rehabilitation
1:50 pm Varun Pulapaka Cofounder phelix.ai
2:10 pm Steve Liang Founder & CTO SensorUp
2:30 pm Pierre Wijdenes, CEO and Claire Dixon COO Neuraura
2:50 pm Soushiant Zanganehpour CEO Swae
3:10 pm Ketsia Lombosso Engoya, CEO & Founder, BYBOCAM
3:30 pm Spencer Kerber Founder Bessie
4:10 pm Kevin Morin Medical Director Sunmor Research Inc.
4:30 pm Discussion and close

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.

Feel free to pencil in our next events on April 22 and June 24, and join our mailing list for an invite.

General Schedule for DiscoveryLab Meetings

Teams of up to 3 people are welcome to present a plan in 10 minutes (or give a 3 minute elevator pitch). A supportive panel of business experts and investors then provide free advice in a private round table discussion.

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

For clarity, DiscoveryLab does not recommend advisors, 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.

We thank those who presented including:

  1. 2S Water: Anthea Sargeaunt
  2. 99bits: Abdullah Choudhry,
  3. 48 Hour Discovery: Samantha Kwok & Ratmir Derda
  4. Alpine Innovative Research, Dane Bosman: Air Sniper
  5. Alberta Precision Labs, Clinical Microbiologist, Mathew Diggle
  6. Antibiddies Technologies: D Marchant, L Bilawchuk & F West
  7. Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation, Rakesh Bhat
  8. Autoimmune Hepatitis: A. Landi & A. Clementin
  9. Awele Technologies: Godfrey Okeke
  10. BioAro, Amir Nezhad, University of Calgary
  11. BioImmuno Designs: Shairaz Baksh
  12. BioLargo: Richard Smith
  13. Biomedarmour, Simon Park, University of Calgary
  14. Biomimetic Exosomes: Kunal Karan & Arin Sen
  15. BitCan Geosciences & Engineering, Yanguang Yuan
  16. Bitcoin Air: Bretton Whervin
  17. Blindman Brewing: Kirk Zembal & Shane Groendahl
  18. Boron Heterocycles for Drug Discovery: Dennis Hall
  19. Biomarkers for Pediatric Cancer: Aru Narendran
  20. Breast Cancer Biomarkers: Carrie Shemanko
  21. Canada NeuroTech: Yvonne Wong, CUE
  22. Canadian BioSample Repository: Bruce Ritchie
  23. Canadian Rockies Hemp Corp, Aaron Barr
  24. Carlos Cervera: Early use of Tocilizumab for COVID-19
  25. Cheminger Inc: Nataraj Pagadala
  26. Childhood Pneumonia Biomarkers: Qaasim Mian
  27. Chipcare, Lynn McNeil
  28. Click & Push: Martin Ferguson-Pell
  29. CliniSonics: Roger Zemp
  30. COMS: Centre for Online Mental health Support, Peter Silverstone
  31. Creative Protein Solutions, CEO, Daria Venkova
  32. Criticare Dx: Amir Nezhed
  33. Crowdblink, Trevor Macdonald
  34. Daphe Water Solutions, CTO, Luisa Orsini
  35. Dealcloser: Amir Reshef
  36. Drug Discovery Chemical Space: Dennis Hall
  37. Easy fMRI and Easy Data: Tony Yousefnezhad
  38. EcoVitro: Lion Budrass
  39. EHCAPS, Amrich by Tanveer Ahmad
  40. Elsius Biomedical, Alessandro Biglioli: ECMO
  41. ENTiD: Rahul Arora
  42. Entos Pharmaceuticals: John Lewis & Arun Raturi
  43. Flu Fighting Chickens: Katharine Magor
  44. FluroTech, CEO, Dan Dalla-Londa
  45. Fly and Fetch: Shelvie Fernan & Victoria Celi
  46. Food Wastes to Alternative Energy: Peter Johnson
  47. Fourien: Faheem Khan
  48. FREDsense Technologies Corp, Co-Founder, Robert Mayall
  49. Gane Ka-Shu Wong: nucleic acids based covid-19 diagnostics
  50. Guanqun Chen, Plant Biotechnology Lab, University of Alberta
  51. Health District: Khurram Jahangir
  52. Health Gauge: Randy Duguay & Bruce Matichuk
  53. Hempact: Nicole Sanchez, Jenny Li & Anka Chan
  54. High Density Power Conversion: Zhongyi Quan
  55. Human Cytomegalovirus: James Nieman
  56. illumiSonics: Roger Zemp
  57. IMBiotechnologies: Michael Stewart
  58. Giant Health: Inbound Trade Mission, Barry Shrier
  59. HOPE Project, Dawn Kingston
  60. Inclusion Playland: Rebecca Murray
  61. Inkubate Packaging, Travis Dahl
  62. InPlanta Biotechnology, Director, Igor Kovalchuk
  63. iYu Inc: Mike Wade, Concordia University Edmonton
  64. Kent Imaging, Pierre Lemire
  65. Khaled Barakat: small molecule inhibitor design
  66. KRS Biopharma: Tina Rinker
  67. Lenica Research Group: Simba Nyazika
  68. LKSAVI: Lorne Tyrell
  69. MagnetTx: Gino Fallone
  70. Mahdi Tavakoli: Robotic System Following Injury
  71. Medo.ai, David Quail & Jeevesh Kapur
  72. Meros Polymers: Afsaneh Lavasanifar
  73. Metric Technologies, Abdullah Saleh
  74. MITS: Jeremie Bourqui
  75. Metabolomic Technologies Inc: Lu Deng
  76. mmHg Inc: Peter Wood & Dr. Raj Padwal
  77. Nabati Foods, President, Ahmad Yehya
  78. Nanologaudio: Adam Brown
  79. Nanostics: Colin Coros
  80. Nectar, Co-Founder & CEO, Marc-André Roberge
  81. New Paradigm Hempery, Luc d'Abadie
  82. ofbrains: Alireza Bahramian
  83. OPTEL Group, Louis-Olivier Roy
  84. OrigamAi, CEO, Kyle McLeod
  85. Outbreaker Solutions: Brayden Whitlock
  86. OVA, CEO, Harold Dumur
  87. Palliative Care Matters: Konrad Fassbender
  88. Pacylex: M Weickert, J Mackey, R Heit & L Berthiaume
  89. PainWorth: Mike Zouhri
  90. PEARKO Therapeutics,Gavin Oudit
  91. Phelix, Co-Founder,Varun Pulapaka
  92. Pleasant Solutions, Thomas Stachura
  93. Polar Canadian Swine LLP: Alfred Wahl
  94. Praeventus Corporation: Jerome Yager, UofA
  95. Prominent: A Flynn, R Burrell, T McMullen & T Briggs
  96. Protxx: John Ralston    
  97. Qualisure Diagnostics: David Bocking & Oliver Bathe
  98. Quantum Silicon Inc, Robert Wolkow
  99. Rafiq Ahmad: Smart Engineering Solutions to Cope with COVID-19
  100. Rapid Prototyping: Suresh Nayar
  101. Rashid Mirzavand: Multi-Parameter Wireless Bio-Sensor System
  102. RAZN Health Decision Modelling: Negin Razavilar
  103. Repertoire Immune Systems, Karsten Sauer
  104. Revive Wellness Inc: Loreen Wales
  105. RJH Biosciences: Juliana Valencia & Remant KC
  106. Roshan Water Solutions Inc: Amirreza Sohrabi
  107. Safe Contact Solutions, Kevin Maloney
  108. SafeSpaceHealth: Khurram Jahangir
  109. Sawback Technologies, Founder, Neil Keown
  110. Sialogene: Chris Cairo
  111. Siberian Meat Dumplings, Mark Friesen
  112. SMALP Network: Michael Overduin
  113. SN Biomedical: Hillary Sweet & Matthew Nickel
  114. SolAeroMed, John Dennis
  115. Solar Oxygen: Nicolas Conradi
  116. Staffing Call, CEO and Founder, Adam Balogh
  117. Story City: Emily Craven
  118. Sunmor Research Inc, Medical Director, Kevin Morin,
  119. Surgical Simulation: Bin Zheng
  120. Symbiotic EnviroTek Inc., CTO, Jeremy Sluyters
  121. Syantra Diagnostics: Tina Rinker
  122. Syngli: Simon Overduin
  123. Targeting LPA Signaling: David Brindley
  124. Technology Shops, Steve Lloyd: CoronaHood
  125. Terrahub, Elena Dumitrascu
  126. ThermoReCON: Larry Unsworth
  127. ThyroSPEC: Paul Stewardson
  128. The TireGrabber: Darcy Goossen 
  129. TMIC, James Harynuk
  130. Token Naturals, CEO & Co-Founder, Keenan Pascal
  131. Umay Care: Sharmin Habib
  132. Unit9: CoronaSaver, Martin Percy
  133. Vanier Institute of the Family, CEO, Nora Spinks
  134. Virtual Orthodontic Residency: Tarek El-Bialy
  135. WWiKY Theranostica: Len Wiebe & Piyush Kumar
  136. XoTech: Amir Sanati Nezhad
  137. ZAFA Rapid Biorefinery: Aman Ullah
  138. Zenxmed and Openxmed: Colm Murphy
  139. 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 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. Use no more than 1 slide per minute, i.e. 10 slides maximum.
  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.