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2018 IBK Capital - Ivey Business Plan Competition

Jan 20, 2018


Team Hello Prosper from the Ivey Business School, won the 20th edition of the IBK Capital – Ivey Business Plan Competition on January 19-20, 2018, securing $15,000.

Hello Prosper is a mobile application that helps young users build soft skills required to land their dream jobs. The team consisted of Krystyn Harrison, HBA’ 12, MBA ’15, Beckie Thain-Blonk, MBA ’18 Candidate and Sam Williams.

Team Lapovations from the University of Arkansas won second place and $4,000. Lapovations, LLC is a medical device company focused on creating a platform for innovative products that improve laparoscopic surgery. Their first product, the AbGrab®, is an FDA Class I (510(k) exempt), patent-pending, single-use medical device. Team Lapovations was represented by Jared Greer, Michael Dunavant, Flavia Araujo, and Ben McGuire.

Team WeavAir from the University of Toronto won third place and $1,000. Led by Natalia Mykhaylova, WeavAir aims to reduce energy consumption of HVAC systems through networked sensor add-ons, improving health, and productivity.

The 20th edition of the IBK Capital – Ivey Business Plan Competition included nine teams representing the University of Arkansas,  University of Louisville, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, and Western University.

The two-day competition included workshops by a team from MaRS Discovery District and Albert Behr of Behr & Associates, as well as a fireside panel with Pamela Jeffery, HBA ’84, MBA ’88, David Ciccarelli, QS ’17 and Stephanie Ciccarelli.