Ottawa’s Startup Garage to fete firms at Aug. 30 rally

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Among this year's graduating Startup Garage cohort is Noibu, cofounded by Kailin Noivo (left) and Robert Boukine (middle), seen here receiving the Capital Angel Network's pitch award from Nolan Beanlands. Photo by Denis Drever / Invest Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is inviting the public to rally around the latest cohort of its Startup Garage program at the end of the month.

Ten startups have come through the three-month summer program that provides new companies with mentorship, office space and a bit of funding. Well-known Ottawa startups including Welbi and Desk Nibbles are among the program’s alumni.

Some from this latest cohort are already making waves: e-commerce firm Noibu won the Capital Angel Network’s pitch award, while vegan and ethical eating directory Ethical Tree recently expanded its services to Toronto.

Members of the public are invited to the Aug. 30 Startup Garage Rally at Bayview Yards to see this year’s crop of companies in action. All 10 startups will pitch their business models, with the audience deciding a final winner based on which venture is judged to have the highest potential.

Catherine Geci, business development manager with uOttawa Innovation Support Services, led the program this year. She says Startup Garage participants are coming in to the program with a wider awareness of the skills needed to build a successful startup and the ambition to make it happen.

“We’re seeing the sophistication of the startups mature as the years go along,” she says.

Register now for the free event, which includes a chance to network with the startups as they head out on the next stage of their journey.

Startup Garage Rally 2018 participants

Ethical Tree: A directory to sort through local restaurants based on dietary and ethical considerations.

Flow Filter: Creates reusable air filtration systems with a focus on cannabis and hydroponic uses.

Neappoli: Develops a mobile platform for real-time issue reporting to foster better relationships between a municipality and its residents.

Noibu: Renders physical storefronts into virtual, 3D environments to translate the in-store experience to online shopping.

Pat & Matt Creative: Developers of Crew Watch, a mobile app that helps calculate and distribute time trial and racing results for rowing coaches.

Poly: Small-scale plastic recycling systems to turn discarded plastics into useful items.

HappyLight: System to save consumers money on energy bills and give providers analytics on how home energy is used.

Thawrih: Handmakes high-quality sports gear such as hijabs and turbans.

UrbanDash: On-demand laundry and dry cleaning pickup and delivery through a mobile app.

Wandure: App to set tourists up with a truly local tour experience or link up with a new travel buddy.