McGill X-1 Accelerator

X1 Accelerator

Hosted by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, the McGill X-1 Accelerator is an intensive 10-week online summer program designed to accelerate early traction McGill startups towards investment readiness and launch.

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The X-1 Accelerator

An inspiring and empowering program to launch McGill’s most promising startups

This 10-week online summer program is designed to accelerate your startup by connecting you to McGill’s entrepreneurship network. The program offers a wealth of learning opportunities as you engage with top caliber faculty experts and experienced industry mentors. By the end of the program, you will have greater clarity of your target market and customers, as well as the business acumen to effectively sell your vision to investors

Your team will benefit from:

  • up to $15,000 in funding
  • participate in weekly only workshops on a key entrepreneurial themes, while working through the crucial steps needed to launch your business
  • support through weekly one-on-one mentorship meetings to help your startup continually develop and apply concepts as they relate to your firm.

Applications for X-1 Accelerator 2020 are now closed.

We will be announcing the list of X-1 Accelerator participants very soon (end of May). The results will be posted here and each applicant will receive an email saying whether they have been selected or not.

Once again, thank you very much for showing so much interest in the McGill X-1 Accelerator!

Key Dates

Application Deadline: May 15th, 2020

McGill X-1 Accelerator Team interviews in Montreal: May 18 to 22, 2020

McGill X-1 Accelerator 2020 summer cohort announced: May 29, 2020

Programs dates: June 15th to August 23, 2020

Who should apply?

This program is for McGill founders with startups that demonstrate early traction with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and early customers and/or revenue.

  • You are a McGill University student, faculty member, staff member or alumni.
  • You have a great team, with at least one technical co-founder, and can build your business upon a technology, science, or idea that is significantly or radically disruptive.
  • Your startup should have the potential for exponential growth to eventually serve global markets.
  • You do not need to have raised a significant amount of funding yet but will be using the summer months to accelerate the growth of your company towards a round of significant funding in the fall.

A commitment towards working on your startup throughout the summer and participation on all workshops and mentoring sessions is expected between June 15 and August 23, 2020. In addition to workshops and mentoring, participants should allow for 25 – 30 hours of self-paced work per week.

The Program Schedule

Week Workshop One-on-one Mentoring

Week 1 

June 15 - 21

Welcome And Introduction
Building Your Value Proposition Statement
Improving The Odds
Value Proposition & Team Building

Week 2

June 22 - 28

Innovating Through Design Thinking Customer & Market Segmentation

Week 3

June 29 - July 5

Accounting 101 For Early Stage Entrepreneurs Customer Profile Development

Week 4

July 6 - 12

Business Development Strategies

Why Brands Matter

Business Models for Early Stage Entrepreneurs

Week 5

July 13 - 19

Product Development For Startups Product Development Processes

Week 6

July 20 - 26

Methods Of Payments For SMBs Sales Projections

Week 7

July 27 - August 2

Financial For SMBs Financial Projections

Week 8

August 3 - 9

Legal 101 for Startups Legal Considerations

Week 9

August 10 - 16

Government & Private Funding Funding Strategies

Week 10

August 17 - 23

Perfecting Your Pitch Perfecting Your Pitch

This schedule is subject to change.

Detailed calendar 

Please note that this schedule is subject to changes.

 

Week 1

Monday, June 15 Tuesday, June 16 Wednesday, June 17 Thursday, June 18 Friday,  June 19

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
 

X-1 Kick-Off

9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program Intro and Team Intros

   

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Improving the Odds

Disciplined Entrepreneurship Milestones:

  • Step 0: How do I get started? Should I?
  • Step 8: Quantify the Value Proposition
  • Step 10: Define Your Core

 

Week 2

Monday, June 22 Tuesday, June 23 Wednesday, June 24 Thursday, June 25 Friday, June 26

10:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Dobson X-1 Office Hours

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Design Thinking
Proof of Concept

 

Mentorship

Customer & Market Segments

Mentorship

Customer & Market Segments

Disciplined Entrepreneurship Milestones:

  • Step 1 - Market Segmentation - Primary Market Research
  • Step 2 - Select a Beachhead Market
  • Step 3 - Build an End User Profile for the Beachhead Market
  • Step 4 - Estimate TAM for Beachhead Market
  • Step 5 - Profile the Persona for the Beachhead Market
  • Step 9 - Identify Your Next 10 Customers
  • Step 11 - Chart Your Competitive Position

 

Week 3

Monday, June 29 Tuesday, June 30 Wednesday, July 1 Thursday, July 2 Friday, July 3

 

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Accounting for Startups

 

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mentorship

Accounting

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mentorship

Accounting

Disciplined Entrepreneurship Milestones:

  • Step 15 - Design a Business Model
  • Step 16 - Set Your Pricing Framework

 

Week 4

Monday, July 6 Tuesday, July 7 Wednesday, July 8 Thursday, July 9 Friday, July 10

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Business Development Strategies

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Why Brands Matter

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dobson X-1 Office Hours

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mentorship

Customer Development

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mentorship

Customer Development

Disciplined Entrepreneurship Milestones:

  • Step 6 - Full Life-Cycle Use Case
  • Step 12 - Determine the Customer’s Decision-Making Unit

 

Week 5

Monday, July 13 Tuesday, July 14 Wednesday, July 15 Thursday, July 16 Friday, July 17

 

 

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Cloud & Product Development

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mentorship

Product Development

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mentorship

Product Development

 

Disciplined Entrepreneurship Milestones:

  • Step 7 - High-Level Product Specification
  • Step 22 - Define the MVBP
  • Step 24 - Develop a Product Plan

 

Week 6

Monday, July 20 Tuesday, July 21 Wednesday, July 22 Thursday, July 23 Friday, July 24

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Future of Payments

 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dobson X-1 Office Hours

 

Mentorship

Sales & Financial Projections

Disciplined Entrepreneurship Milestones:

  • Step 13 - Map the Process to Acquire a Paying Customer
  • Step 13.a - Windows of Opportunity and Triggers
  • Step 17 - Estimate the LTV of an Acquired Customer
  • Step 18 - Map the Sales Process to Acquire a Customer
  • Step 19 - Estimate the Cost of COCA

 

Week 7

Monday, July 27 Tuesday, July 28 Wednesday, July 29 Thursday, July 30 Friday, July 31

 

 

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Finance for Startups

Perfecting Your Pitch

(Pitching to peers and experts)

Mentorship

Sales & Financial Projections

Mentorship

Sales & Financial Projections

Disciplined Entrepreneurship Milestones:

  • Step 13 - Map the Process to Acquire a Paying Customer
  • Step 13.a - Windows of Opportunity and Triggers
  • Step 17 - Estimate the LTV of an Acquired Customer
  • Step 18 - Map the Sales Process to Acquire a Customer
  • Step 19 - Estimate the Cost of COCA

 

Week 8

Monday, August 3 Tuesday, August 4 Wednesday, August 5 Thursday, August 6 Friday,
August 7

9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Pitching to investors

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Legal Considerations

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mentoring

Legal Considerations

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dobson X-1 Office Hours

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Perfecting Your Pitch

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Legal Considerations

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Perfecting Your Pitch 

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Perfecting Your Pitch

Disciplined Entrepreneurship Milestones:

  • Step 14 - Estimate the TAM size for Follow-on Markets
  • Step 20 - Identify Key Assumptions
  • Step 21 - Test Key Assumptions
  • Step 23 - Show That the Dogs will Eat the Dog Food

 

Week 9

Monday, August 10 Tuesday, August 11 Wednesday, August 12 Thursday, August 13 Friday, August 14

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Non-Dilutive Funding

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Perfecting Your Pitch

9:30:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Private Funding

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mentorship

 Funding Opportunities

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Mentorship

Funding Opportunities

 

Week 10

Monday, August 17 Tuesday, August 18 Wednesday, August 19 Thursday, August 20 Friday, August 21

 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Program Review and Wrap Up

 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dobson X-1 Office Hours

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dobson X-1 Office Hours

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dobson X-1 Office Hours

 

Speakers

 

Marie Josée Lamothe

Ms. Lamothe has over 25 years of experience in the competitive digital and consumer products world (Google, L’Oréal, Procter&Gamble, Clairol). She is best noted for her expertise Global Product Management and Omni-Channel Branding. Ms. Lamotinhe is the Academic Director of the McGill Dobson Centre For Entrepreneurship, a Professor of Practice at McGill University (Desautels Business Faculty) and is the President of Tandem International, an advisory firm specialized in omni-channel retailing and branding.

Ms Lamothe has been awarded the Desautels Achievement award by McGill University, which recognizes individuals who serve as role models for students in their education, career, and philanthropic contributions. She was recognized among Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Financial Post and Canada’s Marketers of the Year by Strategy magazine. Forbes Magazine and Social Media Magazine (US) recognized her among Top Marketing Minds to Follow on social media in North America and Canadian Business magazine nominated her among Canada’s 40 Global Leaders.

 

Dax Dasilva

Dax Dasilva is the creative mind behind Lightspeed, Never Apart, and Age of Union. Founded in 2005, Lightspeed develops a cloud commerce platform used by retail and restaurant customers in over a hundred countries. The company’s mission is to bring cities and communities to life by powering independent business. Lightspeed employs over 1000 staff located in eight cities and has raised $292M USD from Accel Partners, iNovia Capital, Investissement Québec and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The company went public in March 2019 on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LSPD, becoming one of Canada’s top 10 technology IPOs. In 2015 Dasilva also founded Never Apart, a cultural non-profit determined to bring about positive social change and unity through original programming with global reach and impact. Housed in Lightspeed’s former offices, Never Apart cultivates a diverse following and has welcomed thousands into its 12,000-square-foot space. Helping entrepreneurs become leaders in their communities through Lightspeed’s technology and elevating artists through his work at Never Apart are fundamental to Dasilva’s philosophy. He fosters cultures of innovation, promotes diverse leadership, and values different viewpoints. Dasilva’s debut book released in May 2019, Age of Union: Igniting the Changemaker, brings leadership, spirituality and environmental guardianship together with themes of identity, diversity, cultural expression, and individual empowerment to ignite the impactful changemakers that the world needs now.

 

Dino Di Palma

Dino Di Palma, most recently served as President, Strategic Partners & Global Accounts at Avaya. In this role Dino was responsible for direct, channel and partner sales in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. He also had responsibility for the company’s go to market strategy across the entire portfolio of cloud and premise based software and hardware solutions serving enterprise, government agencies, channel partners, SIs, SPs and small and medium businesses.

Prior to joining Avaya, Di Palma was Chief Revenue Officer at Broadsoft, leading the company’s global sales operations. Dino was responsible for global sales, operations, professional services and partner initiatives. Broadsoft was acquired by Cisco late 2017 for $1.9B. He has also held leadership positions overseeing global sales and business development, customer service and support, and manufacturing operations at Benu Networks (CEO) and Acme Packet (COO & member of the founding team), prior to its acquisition by Oracle in 2013 for $2.1B. Dino is also a member of the G20 Ventures and board chair of one of the G20 Portfolio companies (Emissary). G20 Ventures provides early traction capital for East Coast enterprise tech start ups.

 

Andriy Strogan

Andriy is a management consultant with Juniper – a boutique consulting firm in Montreal specializing in strategy, innovation, and culture. In his role, He focuses on bringing a structured approach to the chaos that is the world of business to drive innovation within organizations. Working with clients in financial and educational industries, he has helped companies develop new products, services, and ways of working, and build strategies aimed to better serve their stakeholders. Andriy is also involved in designing and delivering professional development programs in both corporate and educational settings. Prior to Juniper, Andriy has worked for a decade in the energy industry as a project engineer, before completing his MBA at Queen's University in Canada and transitioning into consulting.

 

Mike Ross

Mike Ross is a lecturer at McGill and founder of the boutique consulting firm, Juniper. He has extensive experience in helping companies thrive in the face of disruption. He delivers both learning programs and tailored consulting solutions on innovation, business models, organizational culture, and building robust yet flexible strategic visions, plans, and approaches. Mike is a former consultant at McKinsey & Company and holds an MBA from McGill University and degrees in law and international relations from the University of Toronto.

 

Marco Frate

Marco Frate, CPA, CA is president and founder of Serene Accounting, a cloud-based CPA firm out of Montreal. An entrepreneur himself, Marco has worked with many start-ups and continues to support the startup ecosystem. With his firsthand experience founding a startup, combined with his academic background, Marco provides guidance in all accounting and tax matters facing entrepreneurs as they navigate the startup landscape.

Prior to starting Serene Accounting, Marco began his career with a national audit firm and later moved to manage an accounting department for a multinational mining giant. Marco holds degrees from both McGill University and Concordia’s John Molson School of Business.

 

Claude Macdonald

Entrepreneur and sales specialist, Claude is the founding president of Talentuum. Over the last 26 years he has trained more than 30,000 managers, professionals and employees from major organisations across Canada, the Unites States, Europe and Asia. Claude is a certified business coach (Registered Corporate Coach), a certified Professional from the ROI Institute (CRP), and is also a faculty member of the McGill Executive Institute. Fluent in both French and English, he has designed several tools, workshops and training programs offered by TALENTUUM. His areas of expertise are Sales leadership, sales management & B2B consultative selling.

 

Frédéric Blaise

With a background in nutrition, marketing and psychology, Frédéric combines his expertise with an in-depth knowledge of the agri-food, nutrition and FMCG space, particularly with respect to innovation, branding, market adoption and go-to market strategies. Founder of Enzyme, a leading consumer marketing consultancy, and Head of Enzymeventures, its strategic growth & partnership arm, he conveys a sound and inspired vision for the future of health and sustainability in the agri-food-related industry.

Advisory Board Member the McGill Center for Convergence of Health and Economics and former Chairman at the Association for Health Ingredients in Food, Frederic is also a regular contributor in the media. Sought-after advisor, he has successfully orchestrated over the years the development of forward-thinking brands in Canada and abroad notably with Danone, Saputo and Canada Bread. Business strategist standing out for his think-and-do ability, he brings to Enzyme's performance the perfect balance between creativity and savoir-faire.

 

Nick Feller

Nicolas Feller works at Google as a customer engineer in the cloud platform team. He works with clients of all sizes from startups to multinational corporations to help them succeed with cloud technologies. He is a specialist in data science and machine learning. Nicolas is also on faculty at McGill University’s data science program. He teaches a few classes including Practical Machine Learning, Data Analytics and Capstone. He also mentors startups at Techstars and holds community office hours at Notman House.
Previously held positions at the Swiss Armed Forces, Hydro-Quebec, Ericsson and Element AI. Nicolas completed a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering at Concordia University and did research at the Center for Applied Genetics where he was the recipient of an NSERC Engage Grant.

 

Sohrab Kalra

Sohrab Kalra has over 8 years of experience in strategy consulting, entrepreneurship and technology roles. As a Senior Manager in the Innovation Labs & New Ventures group at Interac Corp. Sohrab plays a key role in driving the innovation agenda forward to futureproof the organization by building, fostering and realizing an innovation mindset. His focus is on developing thought leadership, facilitating strategy development and helping drive forward key initiatives such as Consumer- Directed Finance (Open Banking).

Prior to his role with Interac, Sohrab was a Senior Consultant with inCode Consulting (a division of Ericsson) where he focused on go-to-market and growth strategy projects, centered around emerging technology and trends. He has also worked as a product manager with a number of companies, including Microsoft. Sohrab has an MBA (Batten Scholar) from Darden School of Business and holds a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from Thapar University. Outside of work, Sohrab pursues documentary photography, poetry, and is heavily interested in design and behavioural psychology.

 

Kashmera Self

Kashmera leads the Strategy & Emerging Solutions Delivery group at Interac Corp. where she is responsible for the evaluation of emerging trends and technologies and what that could mean for Interac. Her focus today is on the Canadian innovation ecosystem, specifically digital commerce, open banking (aka consumer-directed finance), data exchange, blockchain, and innovation with social purpose. She has twenty years of experience in product management and leading the go- to-market strategies within the payments, financial services, and travel industries with her career concentration on the digital economy including the move from traditional bricks and mortar to online, contactless payments, pre-paid solutions, mobile commerce, and social commerce. Kashmera has spoken at various industry events both within Canada and internationally and is often called upon to contribute to the dialogue on innovation and transformation.

 

Andrew Popliger

Andrew Popliger is a Partner at PwC and part of the TMT & CM (Technology, Media, Telecommunications & Consumer Markets) practice. Andrew has 20 years of experience, 14 of which he spent working with entrepreneurial-style and emerging technology companies. He supports companies from start-up through maturity, providing the advice and services needed for their industry and development phase.

Andrew works primarily with Technology and Media companies, providing audit and accounting consulting, while connecting companies with PwC's consulting, deals, tax and tax credit services. Andrew has extensive experience with global integrated audits, including Canadian and SEC reporting matters, together with a strong understanding of revenue recognition, complex financing structures and business acquisitions. Finally, Andrew has extensive IPO experience from the readiness to the final listing stage. He has recently assisted 2 companies in their IPO transactions in Canada and the USA.

 

David Shemesh

With over 15 years in the banking and finance industry, David Shemesh has helped hundreds of companies grow their businesses by providing sound advice and financing to support their growth projects. David is not your typical banker. Clients often refer to him as a “catalyst”. He is an engaged and active business partner, who fosters meaningful network connections which help propel his clients throughout their growth strategy. For nearly 6 years, David has worked at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), whose mission is to help Canadian entrepreneurs grow through financing and consulting. He currently works as a Senior Account Manager specializing in the Technology Sector an industry that he is passionate about.

 

Jean-Nicolas Delage

Jean-Nicolas Delage is Partner at Fasken and is the co-leader of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group and specializes in intellectual property strategy for rapidly growing technological clients. Jean-Nicolas often helps clients with intellectual property matters during commercial transactions, including licensing, cooperation agreements, due diligence investigations, etc. He participates in implementing patent pools in the wake of new standards adopted by standard-setting bodies and advises clients on intellectual property issues that raise the standardization process. He also contributes to developing intellectual property management strategies and policies for grant agencies and businesses forming part of a research consortium that includes the government, businesses, universities and government research centers.
 

Bonnie Chau

Acting as a Portfolio Manager for BCF Ventures, Bonnie evaluates and performs due diligence on different startups for a potential investment by the fund and provides support in the portfolio companies. Prior to VC, she has worked at one of the fast growing fintech companies in Canada in which she brought valuable finance and operational experience to the table, from helping the company to list on the publicly traded market to managing interim executive projects. She always looks for opportunities to give back to the startup community through her work with Startup Weekend, UpstartED, and many more. Bonnie holds a B.Comm in Accountancy from Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University and she also obtained her accounting designation CPA.

 

Sahar Ansary

Sahar has assisted hundreds of small to large-sized organizations across Canada with SR&ED and E-business tax credit programs for over eight years and has led work on over $50M in related claims. She specializes in identifying and optimizing the technical and financial aspects of various funding programs, maximizing overall tax credits, and managing major accounts. Sahar has significant experience in the aerospace, medical device, and software industries.
Sahar also co-founded Fundica.com, a successful online platform intelligently identifying government and other funding for entrepreneurs, where she led product development from ideation to launch. Sahar attended McGill University and Concordia University, where she received her Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Engineering, respectively. She is also a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec.

 

Kika Armata

Kika is the program manager for the McGill X-1 Accelerator. Prior to joining the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, she was Director, Learning Solutions and Leadership Development at the McGill Executive Institute for 8 years, where she led over 250 learning and development projects for managers and executives of Canadian and International companies. Her interest lies in helping businesses become more strategic and in empowering people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve new heights.

 

More mentors will be announced shortly!

The 2020 Cohort


B3D Performance

B3D Performance specializes in additive manufacturing (3D printing) using metal powders. We develop instrumentation to monitor the powder quality to reduce production costs and minimize the impact on the environment.

B3D Performance

Team

  • Yao Yao Ding, CEO, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Jose Alberto Muñiz-Lerma, VP Technology, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Pierre Hudon, VP Marketing and Sales, McGill Faculty of Engineering

b3d [at] b3dperformance.com (Contact B3D Performance)


Cannafish

At Cannafish, we offer an organic fertilization service, to include manure and compost in liquid fertilization plans. We recover rich organic matter, such as sludge from aquaculture, poultry farming manure and high quality compost, to transform into liquid organic fertilizer, suitable for hydroponics.

Cannafish

Team

  • David Leroux, CEO, McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Nicolas Martel-Bouchard, CFO, McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Peter Tikasz, CFO, CTO, McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Neelay Patel, COO, McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

cannafishcrops [at] gmail.com (Contact Cannafish)


FitDrive

The FitDrive app helps fitness trainers save time, increase retention and grow their business by making it easy to program workouts, track progress and keep in touch with clients when training remotely.

FitDrive

Team

  • Edgar Brown, CEO, Desautels Faculty of Management
  • Milena Fagandini, CPO, Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Business Administration
  • Carter Sprigings, CTO, McGill Faculty of Science

edgar [at] myfitdrive.com (Contact FitDrive)


GynAware

GynAware’s mission is to improve the quality of life for women by reducing the number of unnecessary surgeries in Gynaecology. GynAware offers an integrated and cost-effective pre-surgical biopsy solution for uterine tumors, enabling gynaecologists to visualize, access, and sample tumors. GynAware aims to redefine the appropriate treatment in Gynaecology and empower women to make conscious decisions related to their health.

GynAware

Team

  • Haoran Wang, Business Development Lead, Desautels Faculty of Management Ida Derish, Scientific Lead, McGill Faculty of Medicine
  • Meera Kanagalingham, Medical Lead, McGill Faculty of Medicine
  • Arghavan Rastinfard, Technical Lead, McGill Faculty of Medicine
  • Pegah Yaftian, Research & Innovation Lead, Concordia Faculty of Engineering

haoran.wang3 [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Contact GynAware)


Heka

Heka is an on demand personalized healthcare platform that helps people who are injured or are in pain get a consultation as soon as possible while optimizing operating efficiency for clinic owners.

HEKA

Team

  • Zhen Lun Chen, CEO, McGill Faculty of Medicine
  • Peter Zhiding Chen, CTO, McGill Faculty of Science

zhen [at] heka.ca (Contact Heka)


Hydrolux

Hydrolux is a green hydrogen production company distributing to warehouses looking to transition towards fuel cell powered forklifts that will save them money, increase productivity and have a smaller impact on the planet.

Hydrolux

Team

  • Friedrich Dehem-Lemelin, CEO, ÉTS, Mechanical Engineering
  • Julien Brunet, CTO, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Nicolas Dion, CFO, Concordia John Molson School of Business

info [at] hydrolux.ca (Contact Hydrolux)


Indigirecruit

Indigirecruit, an Indigenous student led social enterprise, works to ensure adequate representation of Indigenous peoples in post-secondary academic institutions by increasing University and College application readiness in Canada. Through a free online platform for application submissions, outreach events, mentorship programs and an ambassador network, Indigirecruit is reaching out to Indigenous people first, so that they can take control over their education.

Indigirecruit

Team

  • Simon Filiatrault, Co-Founder, McGill Faculty of Law
  • Ben Geboe, Co-Founder, McGill School of Social Work
  • Félix Aupalu, Business Lead, McGill Faculty of Arts
  • Codey Martin, Business Lead, McGill School of Social Work

ben.geboe [at] mail.mcgill.ca (Contact Indigirecruit)


Interius Farms

Interius Farms offers clients price and business stability through locally grown produce. By growing in co-located, controlled environments, Interius can provide clients with the freshest produce while mitigating pricing and supply chain risks through long-term, price stabilized contracts.

Interius Farms

Team

  • Tristan Zeman, President, Desautels Faculty of Management
  • Jonathan Lawson, Vice President, Desautels Faculty of Management

edgar [at] myfitdrive.com (Contact Interius Farms)


Live Cell Technologies

Live Cell T echnologies Canada provides consumables, consulting, and software for microscopy-based quantification of cellular contractile forces in response to pharmaceuticals.

LCT Team

  • Prof. Allen Ehrlicher, Co-Founder, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Prof. Rama Krishnan, Co-Founder, Harvard Faculty of Medicine
  • Adele Khavari, Research Scientist, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Johanan Idicula, Software Engineer, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Hamid Hassanisaber, Research Associate, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Ajinkya Ghagre, Research and Development, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Clayton Molter, Research Engineer, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Luv Srivastava, Research Biologist, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Max Furman, Business Development, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Pouria Tirgar, Materials Engineer, McGill Faculty of Engineering

livecelltech.canada [at] gmail.com (Contact Live Cell Technologies)


MinutesFluidics

MinutesFluidics is developing a technology that will enable doctors and nurses to screen hospital patients for the MRSA superbug — a multibillion dollar challenge for North American hospitals. MinutesFluidics aims to disrupt the traditional testing market by developing a faster, easier to use, and more affordable diagnostic test.

MinuteFluidics

Team

  • Alexander Bevacqua, Co-Founder, McGill Faculty of Engineering Domenico Lopez, Co-Founder, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Ali Najmaldin, Co-Founder, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Jiachi Ou, Co-Founder, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • William Pang, Co-Founder, McGill Faculty of Engineering

minutesfluidics [at] gmail.com (Contact MinutesFluidics)


MoveMate

At MoveMate, we solve the pains of businesses and consumers through our administration of an on-demand transportation solution that makes moving, purchasing and delivering items hassle-free. By connecting our customers and our partner firms with a Mate that has the tools, the manpower, and the vehicle adapted to their needs, we take care of packing and transporting peoples’ possessions to their new residence, as well as transporting and delivering any large item purchased online or at retailers.

MoveMateTeam

  • Lucas Francioli, CEO, Desautels Faculty of Management
  • William Preudhomme, Head of Operations & Sales, Concordia Faculty of Arts & Science
  • Jegannath Ramanathan, Head of Product & User Acquisition, Desautels Faculty of Management

lucas [at] movemate.io (Contact MoveMate)


Neophyto Foods

At Neophyto Foods, our goal is to make it easier for everyone to choose foods that are delicious as well as kind to the planet. Presently there are no locally-produced soy-based cheese spreads available on the market, with most of the alternatives being tree nut-based. Our first product is a soy-based fermented cream cheese product with a smooth and creamy texture, akin to that of dairy cream cheese. Not only does using soy avoid the use of nuts, a major allergen, but it is also more sustainable than dairy milk.

Neophyto FoodsTeam

  • Kamil Chatila-Amos, Co-Founder, McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Jane Ong, Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Ethan Zhang, Co-Founder & CEO, Desautels Faculty of Management

operations [at] neophytofoods.com (Contact Neophyto Foods)


NURA Medical

NURA Medical aims to reduce human error and increase efficiency of care in pediatric emergency departments through the development of user-friendly, automated intravenous solutions.

NURA Medical

Team

  • Jean-Gabriel Lacombe, President, McGill Faculty of Medicine
  • Georgia Powell, Clinical Lead, McGill Faculty of Medicine
  • Sofia Addab, Research and Development Lead, McGill Faculty of Medicine
  • Naghmeh Ansari, Concordia University, Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Catherine Pepe, Concordia University, John Molson School of Business
  • Nicolas Minvielle, Ecole de Technolgie Superieure (ETS), University of Quebec

With Prof. Ilana Bank, Advisor, McGill Faculty of Medicine, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Director of Pediatric Simulation, Montreal Children’s Hospital

info.nuramedical [at] gmail.com (Contact NURA Medical)


Off The Grid

Off The Grid offer a spinning bike that turns energy into electricity. The generated electricity is reinjected in real-time in the grid of the building reducing monthly electric bills for the gym, while a web application allows users to compete with others to reduce their ecological footprint, increasing motivation and training frequency.

Off the Grid

Team

  • Charles Couture-Lebrun, CEO, HEC Montréal
  • Sébastien Brunelle-Jestin, CTO, Desautels Faculty of Management

info [at] getoffthegrid.ca (Contact Off the Grid)


Oral-i

Save life with cellphones! An artificial intelligence-based application to diagnose oral cancer using cellphone images.

Team

  • Prof. Faleh Tamimi, CEO, McGill Faculty of Dentistry
  • Prof. Sreenath Madathil, R&D, McGill Faculty of Dentistry
  • Wenji Cai, Business Development Lead, McGill Faculty of Dentistry Prof. Maxime Ducret, R&D, Lyon University
  • Xuan Li, CTO, McGill Faculty of Science, School of Computer Science Francisco Berrizbeitia, CTO, Concordia University

PhysioBiometrics

Developing therapeutic wearable technologies for gait and posture vulnerabilities that can be marketed directly to those at risk and those who treat them.

Physio BiometricsTeam

  • Ahmed Abou-Sharkh, Co-Founder, McGill Faculty of Medicine
  • Prof. Nancy Mayo, Co-Founder & President, McGill Faculty of Medicine Kedar Mate, Co-Founder & VP Research, McGill Faculty of Medicine Edward Hill, Co-Founder & VP Product Development, ÉTS

SEED AI

We solve problems and generate value from data. We offer services across the whole data value chain and we build and maintain custom AI solutions and products. We have also built a unique and proven methodology to help organizations in their transformation towards AI.

SEED AITeam

  • Johan Saba, Business Translation, Desautels Faculty of Management Jean-Baptiste Débordès, Delivery, Universite de Montreal Faculty of Sciences, HEC

info [at] seedai.ca (Contact SEED AI)


Reconsolidation Therapy

Reconsolidation Therapy sells an efficient treatment method to patients and therapists for treating psychiatric symptoms stemming from a bad memory. This treatment impairs, in part, the reconsolidation (i.e., the saving) of this bad memory to long-term memory storage; the memory becomes less intense and the symptoms vanish. The treatment has the potential to be improved and patented, and used for a variety of mental disorders locally and globally.

Reconsolidation TherapyTeam

  • Prof. Alain Brunet, CEO, McGill Faculty of Medicine

infos.CABA [at] gmail.com (Contact Reconsolidation Therapy)


Stocate

Stocate connects local sellers with their customers. We provide an online directory (app, website) to make local businesses more accessible to their community. Stocate represents small businesses, artists, grassroots organizations, producers, and independent teachers. Our platform makes it easier to “find what you need locally” through our mission to empower individuals to find, create, and add their own value to the world.

StocateTeam

  • Yannick D’Mello, CEO, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Siddiqui Hakim, CFO, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Ezz Aboulezz, CTO, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Evgenia Pateras, CMO, McGill Faculty of Medicine
  • Nathan Clairmonte, CTO, McGill Faculty of Engineering
  • Chelsea Mei Lee, Marketing Lead

info [at] stocate.com (Contact Stocate)


Vertité

Our tech-enabled urban farms cultivate local, pesticide-free strawberries all year long to provide consumers with a healthier, higher quality, and more sustainable product.

VertitéTeam

  • Ophelia Sarakinis, CEO, McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Pierre Chicoine, Head of Sales & Business Development
  • Phillip Rosenbaum, CTO & Chief Scientific Officer, McGill Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

info [at] vertite.ca (Contact Vertité)

FAQs

What are the benefits of joining the McGill X-1 Accelerator?

  • Funding of $5000 will be available for each eligible co-founder (up to a maximum of three founders) based on milestones achieved.
  • World-class mentorship and resources to develop your skills and accelerate your startup towards investment readiness and launch.
  • Pitch to investors at McGill Startup Tour in Montreal, Toronto, and New York City.

What are you looking for?

  • We are looking for exceptional McGill founders with startups that demonstrate early traction with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and early customers and/or revenue.
  • We are in search of startups that can build their business upon a technology, science, or idea that will give them a significant or radically disruptive advantage compared to their peers. Your startup should have the potential for exponential growth to eventually serve global markets.
  • You have a great team with at least one technical co-founder and a full-time commitment towards working on your startup for the summer between June 15 and August 21, 2020.
  • You do not have to have raised a significant amount of funding yet but will be using the summer months to accelerate the growth of your company towards a round of significant funding in the Fall.

Do you take any equity?

No. The McGill X-1 resources and milestone funding money is granted with no equity attached.

How many people can be on my team?

Teams are made up of one or more members including at least one founder. 

Do all of my team members have to be current McGill students?

  • We are primarily focused on accelerating McGill’s abilities and practical skills for entrepreneurship. At least one participant should have a McGill affiliation (student, alumni, faculty, or staff).

How many teams will you accept for the McGill X-1?

We expect to select 6-10 teams for the 2020 cohort. The McGill X-1 organizing team has full discretion over the number of teams selected. All decisions are final.

What is required of my team once I am in the accelerator?

  • We are looking for McGill startup teams that are able to work on their startup full-time in Montreal from June 15 to August 21, 2020.
  • Team members are expected to engage in all the McGill X-1 Accelerator's activities and actively share learnings with other founders in the program where possible.
  • Selected teams will be required to pitch at the McGill Startup Tour: Montreal, and the selected Startup Tour cities in Fall 2020. Modest funding will be provided for teams traveling to the selected cities.

 

Have questions about the program? Contact Kika Armata for more information: dobson.mgmt [at] mcgill.ca

 

Thank you to our program sponsors!

 

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