Healthtech Startups Compete at Pitch Challenge in Waterloo

Recently eight of Waterloo Region’s most promising startups competed in the annual GTAN|START pitch competition.

The eight companies ranged from bio-medical technology, health care, fashion and beauty and organic gardening; founders will have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of experts, as well as an eager audience of over 100 Angels, investors and industry leaders.

“GTAN|START is an annual event that celebrates Waterloo Region’s dynamic early-stage companies,” explains GTAN’s cofounder, Rob Douglas. “We are proud to call the Waterloo Region our home and are extremely excited to give back to its top startups.”

Since its inception in 2009, GTAN has invested $21 million in over 50 companies, with a $45 million economic impact. 

In first place, Medella Health won $10,000 for its pitch by cofounder Harry Gandhi.. Medella Health is developing a smart contact lens that monitors glucose levels, and transmits the data in real-time to a mobile phone, so patients can better manage their diabetes.

In second, winning $5,000, was EyeCheck, which is making vision screening fast and mobile, in order to eradicate preventable blindness around the world. QidniLabs, which is working on creating an artificial kidney, won $2,000 for third place.

The next big event in Waterloo is the Tech Fest, happening May 21.