Team Impedix and RollUP Solutions Inc., from the Ivey Business School shared the first-place prize at the Spin Master – Ivey HBA Business Plan Competition on January 19-20, 2018. With the judges unable to separate the strong contestants, both teams were awarded $9,500.
Team Impedix, led by Colin Russell, Josh Redding, Elaine Cook, Austin Haber, Natasha Jain, and Brady Johnson, was developed during the New Venture Project. The venture is a medical device company that will license a medical imaging technology from Western University, and sell it to healthcare providers in the developed world with the objective of improving breast cancer screening.
Team RollUP Solutions is a social enterprise that hires individuals with employment barriers to collect and refurbish gently used mobility devices, which are then sold to those in need at a 75% discount. The venture is led by '18/'19 HBA Candidates, Megan MacKay, Nicole Plant, Grant McNaughton, Leanne McKinnon, Andre Margo, and Emily Stauffer. RollUP Solutions also won a $1000 for the Social Impact Prize.
Third place was secured by ProjectKIP, which involves a software application named “Internet Buddy,” which enables parents to monitor, educate and control their child’s early internet activity. ProjectKIP was represented by Sean Bradley and Trevor Cook.
The 2nd edition of the Spin Master – Ivey HBA Business Plan Competition included nine teams from Western University and a judging panel of fourteen experienced entrepreneurs. 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.