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Here’s who pitched at Investor Day

Updated: Jun 15, 2019



May 8th marked our second annual HATCH Investor Day held at UBC Robson Square. Investor Day is the culmination of a year’s worth of mentorship, training and preparation showcasing 10 selected ventures who are part of entrepreneurship@UBC’s accelerator program (HATCH).


Over 40 local investors were present to hear the newest batch of ventures pitch. Last year’s event attracted significant interest from investors with five over-subscribed rounds.


The afternoon kicked off with opening remarks from entrepreneurship@UBC’s Managing Director, Kari LaMotte, followed by presentations from Dr. Aria Hahn, CEO & Founder of Koonkie Cloud Services and Michael Carlson, CEO & Founder of CarboNet Nanotechnologies.


“Events like Investor Day play an important role in preparing our ventures to pitch and build relationships with the local investor network."

Kari LaMotte, Managing Director of entrepreneurship@UBC


The 10 featured ventures had seven minutes to pitch for funding and three minutes to answer follow up questions. This year’s ventures covered technologies that included automated precision floor installation, wine enhancement instruments, recruitment AI as well as medical solutions for snoring. They were selected based on their fundraising readiness level which was determined by a third-party evaluation committee comprised of four angel investors.


“Investor Day was a great way to kick-start our fundraising journey and to gain exposure to the community of local investors. It was also a learning opportunity for our team when it came to pitch preparation and practice.”

Louis Retief, Founder & CEO of Hubly


Investor Day follows on the heels of Pitches & Pitchers held last November, where 16 entrepreneurship@UBC ventures delivered 30-second pitches to a wider audience of investors, industry professionals and mentors.


The next opportunity to hear entrepreneurship@UBC accelerator ventures pitch will be at the next Pitches & Pitchers event taking place on November 20th, 2019.


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Investor Day Ventures:


Zennea: Zennea is developing the first FDA cleared and clinically proven medical device solution for chronic snoring.

CEO: Rachel Chase


Embrace Orthopaedics: Embrace has developed a platform technology to integrate joint support directly into athletic apparel, completely eliminating the need to wear orthopaedic braces.

CEO: Zack Eberwein


DeepND: DeepND helps retailers make better hires, faster, with a platform that uses data intelligence and predictive algorithms to find and recruit the right people for the right jobs.

CEO: Brianna Blaney


BarrelWise: Enabling winemakers to practice their art more efficiently.

CEO: Jason Sparrow


Green Metrics: Green Metrics Technologies Corp.provides energy service companies with software-as service solutions to drive data insights for energy efficiency improvements and minimize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for their clients.

CEO: Mike Kennedy, PhD


GenXys: GenXys offers precision prescribing software and pharmacogenetic tests to consumers and healthcare professionals to stop adverse drug reactions.

CEO: Karl Pringle

Hubly: Hubly is a platform for a financial advisor that integrates every stage of the client lifecycle. This empowers advisors to scale their practice and fulfil their client’s financial goals faster by creating a repeatable goal-based financial planning process.

CEO: Louis Retief


FTSY: FTSY makes it easy to buy shoes online by recommending sizes and styles based on foot shape and style preferences. Using the FTSY iOS app, users scan their feet like taking a panorama picture. Once complete, they shop personalized, size filtered collections inside the FTSY marketplace and on brands’ websites.

CEO: Ryan Smith


Daanaa: Daanaa has built an innovative wireless power system that fast-charges e-bikes and e-scooters in any weather condition in an intuitive, secure and safe way.

CEO: Soroush Dehghani, PhD


Shape Measure: Shape Measure automates the hardest parts of construction: Precision measuring and cutting.

CEO: Ben Blumer


Koonkie Cloud Services: Shortening the path to discovery through taming big data.

CEO: Aria Hahn, PhD


CarboNet Nanotechnologies: CarboNet Nanotechnologies is creating a safe and economic water treatment method used to remove contaminants from produced and flowback water.

Founder: Michael Carlson


Keep an eye out for future entrepreneurship@UBC events happening this summer through our newsletter or via our website.

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