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Meet the Companies | Student Founders Program 2022

*Disclaimer: The following content was released using our former organization name Innovate Edmonton and/or program division Startup Edmonton, prior to the transition to our new brand and name, Edmonton Unlimited.

The Student Founders Program offers young entrepreneurs who are building an early-stage tech-enabled product or business the support to launch their startup towards success.
During this 4-month program the students will:

  • Identify and develop their early customer

  • Prove their market

  • Build a foundation for their product team and company

  • Learn to sell to customers and investors

Meet the companies in the 2022 cohort

Astellar Education
Founder: Pollo Latyshev
Astellar Education strives to create a coaching program/online course to help people who need to pass the TOESL (Test of English as a Second Language) test for international studies.

Trigger Tracker
Founders: Heba Iftikhar & Nhan Nguyen
Trigger Tracker is a food diary app used to track food intake and correlate it with felt symptoms. This app is a disease management tool, specifically catered towards those with IBD (Chron’s and Colitis), and other diet based diseases/disorders. Trigger Tracker aims to make its app the choice for convenient and inexpensive food tracking, symptom tracking and disease management.

8 Bit Cortex
Founders: Araz Minhas
8 Bit Cortex’s vision is to democratize key components of mental health treatment to increase everyone’s access to crucial services and empower people with insight to become more resilient. 8 Bit Cortex collects psychological data through arcade-style micro-games and presents personalized supportive content on a web/mobile app. For mild cases, these insights will outperform the one-size-fits-all approach of most self-help apps. For more severe cases, these insights could help stabilize individuals until they are able to seek professional help.

Founder: Jenna Dewar
After getting diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Jenna realized there is a fundamental lack of accessible, attractive clothing for those with disabilities. She wants to create a clothing brand, founded on research with the community served, that creates fashionable functional garments for those with disabilities. She has been working on design projects in this area throughout her degree and looks forward to expanding it into a business.

Founders: Chris Black
Dofreeti is an online platform for connecting people to play board games together in person. While working in the board game retail sector, it became apparent that there is a problem for many game enthusiasts. They could not find a group of like-minded gamers to enjoy the games they love. With few dedicated services to connect board gamers, that is what dofreeti is going to change – so gamers can spend less time organizing, and more time playing.

Kentauros Computing Corporation
Founders: Raafay Tariq
Live streamers want to syndicate their content (videos/clips) to as many platforms as possible to expand their brand and generate revenue. However, finding these clips is difficult, Live streamers can create any-where from 4-8 hours of video per day that needs to be analyzed for “interesting” moments. Re-watching the entire VOD (Video-On-Demand) is extremely inefficient, and the current methods of community-driven clipping is inconsistent and not viable for smaller creators. Kentauros Computing solves this problem by using statistics and Artificial Intelligence to analyze, identify, and clip the best moments of a VOD and syndicate them to other content platforms.

Clothing scanner (Company Name TBD)
Founders: Marisa White-Gloria & Arad Ashrafi
Maria & Arad are building a service that reduces the frustration consumers experience when buying clothes online. This service will help consumers find their best fit by providing them with a new and reliable way of measuring themselves. Consumers will be given the option to measure themselves with a scanner through their device’s camera. The data gathered from this step will connect them to local businesses that sell clothes that best match their body.

Disability is not Binary
Founders: Emily Vilcsak & Sarah Jackson
Disability is not a Binary is an inclusive, digital community for people living in the grey zone between the binary of being disabled versus able-bodied. While there are many tech-enabled solutions for disabled people, there are very few that address people in this grey zone. Disability is not Binary is working to build tech-enabled solutions to empower people who do not fit in the binary that is currently used to differentiate the disabled and non-disabled communities. Currently, they have started with an Instagram-focused educational profile called @DisabilityIsNot and plan to expand to an app that will allow people, anywhere on the disability spectrum, to give brick-and-mortar businesses accessibility ratings and descriptions. Eventually, they hope to launch an accelerator and incubator for disabled entrepreneurs to create their own solutions to support people living in the grey zone and at a larger scale fight the systemic ableism in our communities.

Biotecture Inc.
Founder: Mindy Tindall
Biotecture Inc. is a digital health company developing proprietary technology to reduce the likelihood of developing psychiatric disorders and illnesses post-trauma and treat existing mental health issues through personalized treatment plans integrating architectural design applied to neuroscience. In their development, they are utilizing concepts including psychophysics, neuroaesthetics, neurophenomenology, and neuroarchitecture by world leaders in these fields. The aim is to optimize and enhance existing patient care settings and enable safe and accessible remote care (e.g., for patients at home in residential settings) through personal electronic device software compatibility with augmented and virtual reality and elements of artificial intelligence such as deep learning.

Founders: Nicholas Areekadan
Keppler is a marketplace with a focus on local users selling self-made products by:

  • Solving the problem many independent product-creators face with the selling of their products.

  • Allowing customers to see a variety of local products and local fashion.

  • Giving more exposure and clears the clutter of marketplaces like Facebook and Kijiji and takes away all the used items and creates a space for independent entrepreneurs.

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