Press Release - On May 14, as part of the 8th edition of its annual competitionTechnovation Montreal's Pitch Demo Day took place. The teenagers presented their application and business plan responding to a problem in their community. The topics are important; environment, women's rights, anxiety, school success, the applications of the young girls are promising. In total, four prizes were awarded, in addition to the jury's "coup de coeur".
First positions: Kram and Enigma to facilitate mutual aid
The Generation K team won first place in the junior division. Their application Kram is a tool to make the study's effectiveness among teenagers more profitable. Indeed, the girls have noticed that since the pandemic, the majority of exchanges between students are done on Instagram, which brings its share of distractions. Kram is intended to be a platform that promotes organization, focus and mutual support.
In the senior division, Team Cola with their Riddle application came in first place. RiddleIt is a platform for students to collaborate and ask each other questions about their academic subjects, which will be organized by topic.
Jury's favourite: Get Cheesy to fight domestic violence
The Hyacinth team (senior division), which received the jury's "coup de coeur", targeted the issue of domestic violence and harassment with its application Get Cheesy. Its interface seems to simply sell pizzas, but in reality, each pizza commands a different interaction: call the police, send your location to an emergency contact, create an incoming call, etc. So it's a discreet way to help denounce violence and get out of uncomfortable situations without having to explain yourself.
A jury of professionals and technology entrepreneurs analyzed the teams' proposals. They are:
- Sam Bellamy, President and Founder, Bazookka & Helis.ia
- Emmanuel Cameron, co-founder and CEO, Continuums
- Bonnie Chau, Investment Officer, BCF Ventures & Lalotte Ventures
- Ines Saad, Business Manager, Deep Technology Fund, BDC Capital
In order to support the next generation of women in the field of technology, the Caisse Desjardins des employés en télécommunication awarded bursaries worth $500,000 to four teams in the senior division!
Technovation Montréal, a contribution to the next generation of women in technology
"I am proud to see the quality of the projects presented by the participants. By making girls aware, from a young age, of the importance of science and technology in tomorrow's world and by exposing them to new concepts and ideas that foster the development of important qualities such as self-confidence, leadership and creativity, they will be more encouraged to choose studies and careers related to the various technology professions," says Stéphanie Jecrois, co-founder and executive director of Technovation Montréal.
To see the teams in action:
- Team Generation K: Pitch Kram – Kram Demo
- Team Cola: Riddle Pitch – Riddle Demo
- Team Hyacinth: Pitch Get Cheesy – Get Cheesy Demo