Meet the 2021 Hi5 Finalists

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As we gear up for our fifth annual Hi5 Pitch Competition on November 25th, you may wonder – who are the next up-and-coming startups in Halton? As we come up on five successful years of Hi5, we’re happy to officially announce our top 5 finalists for this year’s competition. Read more to learn how they’re innovating across a range of industries.

A.I. Materia

AI Materia is a uniquely trained AI platform to accelerate accurate decision-making process for better and faster product development. By leveraging smart data infrastructure and advanced machine learning tools, AI Materia’s technology integrates the technical materials and processing data with established scientific knowledge and provides actionable insights and solutions for more efficient development, optimization, and manufacturing.

Their mission is to accelerate sustainable innovations in materials development and manufacturing.

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Nova is an intelligent space used for collective thinking and innovation during the ideation, and strategic process. Nova’s technology enables teams to focus on achieving key objectives using systematic thinking.

Nova combines techniques and methodologies from design thinking, market research, and organizational psychology to help you, your team, and other stakeholders develop ideas, overcome challenges, and find new cutting-edge solutions in your marketplace. 

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Social Robots

Social Robots is leveraging companion robots to reduce social isolation, loneliness and stress for older adults, family members and staff at retirement communities and LTC facilities. Mindy, our first social robot, can play music, videos, games, show photos and talk (using text to speech).

From senior living communities to long-term care homes, our social robots are being used to reduce senior isolation and loneliness by providing an innovative perspective through Mindy to help staff engage residents. Social Robots is here to provide engaging, entertaining, and educational visits. We encourage people of all ages to be more socially connected with the help of robots that communicate and entertain.

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Sigma HealthTech

SigMail by Sigma HealthTech is an end-to-end encrypted secure messaging platform for Canadian healthcare providers and frontline workers to conduct secure patient communication and engagement. With SigMail, healthcare services can be drastically enhanced by converting in-person medical visits into virtual visits with secure messaging, improving patient care, and reducing burnout for caregivers and office staff.

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The Global Pass

The GlobalPass was created with the objective of simplifying your pathway to an international destination. They aim to help you have the simplest transition in order to get you to your international goals in a simple, quick and affordable manner.

Founded in 2020 for immigrants by two immigrants Christian Atangana and Adam Czach; The GlobalPass has been focused on building a modern tool in order to make the path of every student and immigrant as simple as possible as they are entering a new chapter of their lives.

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About Hi5

Our Hi5 Pitch Competition features 5 high-potential clients who are given 5 minutes to pitch for a winning prize of $5,000! This competition provides our most innovative start-ups with a fabulous opportunity to generate awareness, build the skills necessary to present in front of a broad audience and gain exposure to our broad ecosystem of industry partners.

Get your ticket for this year’s competition here.

Shane Ropp

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