2021 Winners

Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize is the largest entrepreneurship competition at SFU. The brightest entrepreneurs competed in a series of pitch-offs to claim the top title.

Competitors were filtered into two streams: the Idea Stream and the Venture Stream. The former celebrates ventures in the ideation stage and the latter is designed for fully operating businesses.

Congratulations #VenturePrize2021 winners! Read the winners news story here.

WINNERS OF THE VENTURE PRIZE AWARDS ARE:

Top Venture Prize: LABORA Consulting Services Corp.

Top Idea Prize: Livshows

Local Impact Category Prize: BAK’D Cookies

Digital Platform Category Prize: Streamline Athletes

Research & Development Category Prize: Fibrilex Canada Inc.

Female Founder Award: Mirjam Mai from Fibrilex Canada Inc.

Social Impact Award: Moment Energy

SFU Alumni Founder Awards: Gabriel Soares, Edward Chiang, Sumreen Rattan, Gurmesh Sidhu from Moment Energy
Ryan McKee from Elemeno

TOP VENTURE PRIZE

LABORA Consulting Services Corp.

Founder(s): Jaspal Brar; Rene Blanco; Ryan Klatt
SFU: All are MBA alumni
Website: labora.ca
Social media: Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter

LABORA's mission is to enhance the Canadian agriculture ecosystem by helping farm owners securely and efficiently pay their seasonal agricultural workers and benefit from the streamlined money transfer process from Canada back home. Further simplifying the administrative process, LABORA's AgTech platform streamlines workers’ tax returns submissions and provides online services to keep their remittances, payroll stubs, T4s, employment records, contracts, certifications and CPP contributions up to date at no cost.

TOP IDEA PRIZE

Livshows

Founder(s): Bassam Mirghani
SFU: SIAT alumnus
Website: livshows.com
Social media: Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter/YouTube

A no-code platform that allows you to instantly create and publish immersive augmented reality(AR) experiences. The Livshows AR builder will enable you to convert your designs into 3D augmented reality content and then instantly publish and share it with your audience without downloading an app. The tool keeps it dynamic and straightforward: you can publish your designs, modify them, and re-publish them when you want. The ease of the service allows creatives to work end-to-end, all in the comfort of their browser.

LOCAL IMPACT CATEGORY PRIZE

BAK’D Cookies

Founder(s): Andy Nguyen; Jessica Nguyen
SFU: N/A; Business alumnus
Website: bakdcookies.ca
Social media: Instagram

Having a tough day or year? Want something absolutely delicious? Get BAK’D! BAK’D came into fruition at the start of the pandemic when the brother and sister duo co-founders baked up some comfort of their own. The baked-to-order cookies are almost the size of hockey pucks and delivered right to customers’ doorsteps. Their goal is to positively impact the community through each cookie sale, whether it be supporting fundraising efforts, donations to charities, and more.

DIGITAL PLATFORM CATEGORY PRIZE

Streamline Athletes

Founder(s): Brett Montrose; Alexandre Paré; Keir Forster; Sophie Dodd
SFU: Communications alumnus; Education and Business alumnus; FHS alumnus; Business and Sustainability alumnus
Website: streamlineathletes.com
Social media: Instagram/Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter

Streamline Athletes is a digital sports recruitment platform that democratizes access to education and sport for student-athletes while saving collegiate teams time and money in their recruiting. They provide free access for student-athletes and a business-to-business (B2B) software solution for college coaches. Compared to alternatives, Streamline Athletes gives athletes of all socioeconomic backgrounds the tools and info to make confident decisions, while providing data-driven recruiting for coaches.

R&D CATEGORY PRIZE & FEMALE FOUNDER AWARD

Fibrilex Canada Inc.

Founder(s): Mirjam Mai
SFU: Beedie Grad Certificate in Science & Tech Commercialization
Website: fibrilex.ca
Social media: Facebook/LinkedIn/Twitter

Fibrilex provides a solution for pre-cast concrete manufacturers who can’t source construction sand reliably or economically. Their additive enables the use of locally available sand types that are typically not viable for concrete. Using Fibrilex’s Engineered Aggregates produces a type of concrete with improved properties compared to regular sand. Unlike other sustainable concrete solutions that do not address sand shortages and related environmental problems, Fibrilex opens up access to a stable, local sand supply that keeps marine ecosystems unharmed.

SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD & ALUMNI FOUNDER AWARD

Moment Energy

Founder(s): Gabriel Soares; Edward Chiang; Sumreen Rattan; Gurmesh Sidhu
SFU: All are FAS Mechatronics Systems Engineering alumni
Website: momentenergy.ca
Social media: Instagram/LinkedIn/Twitter

Moment Energy is a cleantech company creating sustainable energy storage systems for microgrid, commercial and industrial customers. Their solution helps with peak energy demands and can be paired with any renewable source to solve energy intermittency and increase energy reliability. As an impact-driven organization, Moment creates their solution with second life electric vehicle (EV) batteries, where they provide a reliable, environmentally-friendly, and price-competitive offering. Moment was featured on CTV and CityNews and has been granted multiple awards in the venture space. Moment is a MaRS Discovery District, Foresight CleanTech Accelerator, and SFU Venture Connection portfolio company.

ALUMNI FOUNDER AWARD

Elemeno

Founder(s): Ryan McKee
SFU: MBA alumnus
Website: www.elemeno.co
Social media: Facebook/Instagram/LinkedIn

Elemeno is an app service that provides healthy and affordable meal delivery for school lunches. Meeting the modern parent's needs for convenience and transparency, Elemeno allows parents to simply order and have their child's lunch delivered to school.