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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 or to provide expert advice to a growing team. Check out the past presenters below. Many have gone on to build their teams and secure funding. You are welcome to join our growing community of researchers making a difference to society.


"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 15 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:

13:40 Grant Kelba, Regenitech Canada
Session 3 Chair: tbc
14:00 Barry Farquharson, CEO, Nova Green Inc.
14:20 John Ralston, CEO and Founder, PROTXX Inc.
14:40 Michael J. Weickert, PhD, CEO, Pacylex Pharmaceuticals
Session 3 Chair: Ana Clementin
15:00 Mathew Diggle, Founder & CEO,  TestNTravel
15:20 Rineke Steenbergen, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology
15:40 Danika Kelly, Co-Founder, My Normative Inc.
16:00 Stephen Ferry, Director, Hermod Medical
16:20 Ty McKinney, Co-Founder, 8 Bit Cortex

DiscoveryLab Presenters on January 28, 2021

1:00-1:20 DiscoveryLab orientation and introductions chaired by Michael Overduin

Session 1 Chair: Trushar Patel, Associate Professor, ARRTI, University of Lethbridge

1:20-1:40 Pankaj Purwar, CEO, Farmer's Legacy Biotech

1:40-2:00 Steve Jakeway, CEO & Doug Abrams, VP, Medical and Regulatory Affairs, Reveal Medical Corp

Session 2 Chair: Michael Bosdet, TSGI

2:00-2:20 Drew Moxon, Finance Lead, Summit Nanotech

2:20-2:40 Rob Lavoie, CEO & Founder & Don Harfield, VP Technology and Operations, Airterra

2:40-3:00 Leanne Brownoff and Danielle Bragge, co-Founders, VR PATHWAYS

Session 3 Chair: Ana Clementin

3:00-3:20 Simba Nyazika, Lenica Research Group

3:20-3:40 Brian Bell and Sydney Hampshire, COO, Click&Push Accessiblity Inc.

3:40-4:00 Remant KC, RJH Biosciences

4:00-4:20 Discussion chaired by Sandra Spencer

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 presented in the past including:

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