McMaster winds up first Start-Up contest

McMaster-cropped.jpgHAMILTON – A field of 35 regional companies compete at the inaugural McMaster Start-Up Challenge (MSC), presenting their business plans to a panel of judges from industry, academia and government. First place and $7,000 is awarded to Orthios, a start-up founded by Osgoode Hall Law School professor Pina D’Agostino and Terry Sachlos, of McMaster’s Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute. Tactile display developers Digital Dash and video display signage company Liquid Fibre Displays tie for second place and receive $5,000 each. Both Orthios and Liquid Fibre Displays also win free space at the McMaster Innovation Park, in addition to their cash prizes. MSC brings together promising Hamilton-area entrepreneurs for networking and the chance to win a portion of $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizes furnished by the university and partners including the Ontario Centres of Excellence. It is also a preliminary stage for entry into the LaunchPad $50K business plan competition, which will be held in May. The event was organized by the Office of Research and International Affairs at McMaster, in partnership with the Xerox Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship, where both Digital Dash and Liquid Fibre Displays were incubated.

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