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Fall 2021: $5K Pitch Winners

As the days get shorter and colder, we all start to anticipate time off at the end of the year to unwind, relax, and spend time with family and friends. For us it also marks the last Concept $5k Finals before the new year, and we couldn’t be more impressed with the teams who pitched this term. 

Although we are still fighting the effects of the pandemic, our students continued to dedicate themselves to their ideas. For that we want to congratulate each student who pitched at the Concept $5k Semi-Finals and Finals. 

We would also like to give a huge thanks to our panel of judges for taking the time to support the students at the Concept $5k Finals. Ryan Chiu (Analysis, Round13 Growth), Shambhavi Sole (Sr. Analysis, Student Venture Fund), and Farnoud Kazemzadeh (Co-Founder & VP Eng, VitalBio). Not only did they provide their expert advice and feedback to all teams, but also made the difficult decision of picking the winners of the Fall 2021 $5k Pitch Competition.  

The Winners of the Fall 2021 $5k Pitch Competition:


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A new way to save, curate, and share knowledge online. Like playlists but for resources. 


Creating logistics software for unit charge nurses in hospital emergency departments

Hydro House

An electrical utility company that offers energy security to off grid residences by installing home power stations with solar generation and hydrogen mediated storage. 

Microbuild Masonry

Using a biological method to manufacture masonry units with a carbon and waste negative procedure and a unit that is stronger, more durable, and customizable. 

Your Vote Counts!

Although the $5K grants have been named, the competition isn’t over yet because we want your say! Head over to the finalist pitches on YouTube and give a like on the video pitch of your favourite time. The team with the most video likes will be announced the People’s Champ and will receive $500! Voting is open until December 2nd, 2021 and will be announced the next day on December 3rd, 2021 on our socials. 

What now?

We hope that all of you take the time to rest this holiday season, stay warm, and spend time with your loved ones. We can’t wait to see you back again in January where we can ring in the new year together and jump into some awesome programs and opportunities! If you’re a current UW student, we would love to have you as one of our Campus Ambassadors!

To stay knowledgeable about other exciting opportunities and to see how these teams progress, be sure to follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter for your weekly dose of Concept news. From everyone at the Concept team, Happy Holidays!