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Students impress at innovation showcase and pitch competition

Toronto, November 8, 2016 – Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is thrilled to announce the winners of its first Student Showcase and Pitch Competition which included student innovators and entrepreneurs from across the country. The contest was held during CICan’s Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Forum hosted by Seneca College and was sponsored by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

More than 20 students from colleges and institutes across the country took part in the competition to showcase innovative projects in the categories of applied research and entrepreneurship.

Louise Marchand, a fashion design student at Fanshawe College was chosen as the winner in the applied research category for her work on improving a motion capture suit used in the diagnosis and monitoring of Parkinson’s disease. Her design expertise helped make the suit easier to manipulate and more comfortable for patients.

In the entrepreneurship category, two students, both from Seneca College, were tied for the top prize. Kim Ng impressed the judges with BEAUT, a mobile application that connects customers to professional hairdressers, make-up artists, and nail technicians in their area. The jury was just as impressed by Paulo Henrique Meneghel and his company, EMERGE Network Solutions, which aims to make hospitals, urgent care centers and clinics more efficient by providing them with the health information of incoming patients before their arrival. The system also gives patients valuable information on wait times at various hospital emergency rooms so they can get care faster.

The top prizes were awarded by a panel of judges that included Members of Parliament Raj Grewal of Brampton East, Majid Jowhari of Richmond Hill, and Geng Tan of Don Valley North as well as CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot and Chantal Beaulieu, Executive Director of the Council of Ministers of Education.

The finalists in the showcase also received mentorship, provided through Seneca’s Helix initiative in support of student entrepreneurship, to help improve their pitch before the final competition.

“This showcase was truly impressive and proved beyond any doubt that our colleges and institutes are full of talent, creativity and innovation”, said CICan President and CEO, Denise Amyot. “We can all be proud of the achievements ‎of these young people. Their passion and drive will undoubtedly lead to the creation of new businesses, new jobs and positive changes in our communities.”

Colleges and Institutes Canada is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly supported colleges, institutes, cégeps and polytechnics. Its members work with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities in Canada. CICan and its members are committed to driving Canadian prosperity by being global leaders in applied education and partnered innovation.

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For more information:
Julien Abord-Babin
Senior Strategic Communications Officer
Colleges and Institutes Canada
jabord-babin@collegesinstitutes.ca
Tel. : 613-746-2222 ext. 3131
Twitter : @CollegeCan