After a lot of intense deliberation, we have chosen our finalists for the third VeloCity Venture Fund competition. This term our Waterloo students raised the bar, making it impossible for us to only choose 8 teams to compete. So we changed the game, choosing 10 impressive teams to move on to the VeloCity Venture Fund finals!
In alphabetical order, our finalists are:
- Bookneto – a social question, answer and discussion tool built on top of Waterloo’s online learning platform (LEARN), allowing students richer and more in-depth discussions with their colleagues.
- BufferBox – creates automated self-serve kiosks that let people pick up packages from convenient locations on their own schedule, 24 hours a day, to eliminate the problem of unattended delivery and pick-up.
- Ecologix – an online tool geared towards small and medium sized businesses to help them improve their financial and environmental performance – it will increase their operational efficiency and simultaneously decrease their negative impacts on the environment.
- Mantaphrase – an interactive phrasebook for the iPhone that allows you to have full conversations with people who speak a different language – it links translated phrases to form common conversation patterns and provides interactive elements to help communicate information such as time, price, and location.
- Planboard – an intuitive web application for teachers to streamline their lesson planning process that includes features such as calendar sharing, schedule printing and lesson plan storage for re-use the following year – plus you don’t have to download any software.
- PolyGaze – a next generation model for human-computer interaction – it utilizes multiple inputs (including speech recognition, and gaze tracking) in order to make human-computer interaction more intuitive.
- Reebee – a service that provides free, easy and up-to-date access to your local retailers’ flyers, all in one place, directly on your mobile phone, tablet and computer that includes features that are not a part of traditional printed media.
- subdivide – an online real-time collaborative video translation and transcription platform.
- thinkfree.ly – a tool that helps teams visualize and organize their ideas. By merging the interactive styles of internet media with traditional collaborative tools such as whiteboards and sticky notes, thinkfree.ly allows for a greater range of expression.
- Zephyrr – an intuitive scheduling application to help students plan and organize around school, sports, clubs, and social events.
In one week, 4 of these 10 finalists will win $25,000. Be sure to come out on Thursday, January 26 at 3:00 pm in the DC Foyer to watch it all go down!