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AcCine

AcCine

AcCine is a technology company that produces camera accessories for small group and individual video producers. Based on the interviews we’ve conducted and our personal experience, most small group video producers find focus control problematic: current focus control solutions are either too expensive or too time consuming. AcCine understands how painful this trade-off could be, hence we propose an alternative that saves both time and money. Our A.I. powered, fully automated focus controller will provide professional level focus solution at an accessible price. Consumers only need to attach our mobile-phone size device to their camera, and our product will recognize the shooting subject and make sure it stays in focus. All devices contain universal recognition and focus control. To cater to higher-end consumers’ need, we also offer daily subscription feature that optimizes the algorithm based on the shooting subject and environment without requiring additional hardware. AcCine’s vision does not stop here. Our product will be compatible with stabilizers, sliders, drones, and more accessories, to bring even more value to the filming industry.

Contact AcCine : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

AquaDrone

AquaDrone

The Seabed is rich with valuable minerals such as Tellurium, Platinum, and Cobalt! Unfortunately, the current underwater mineral exploration process is extremely time-consuming and labor intensive; exploration currently takes one third (5 years) of a mining venture's timeline and results in terabytes of raw exploration footage that needs to be further analyzed on land. Aqua Drone plans on reducing the underwater mineral exploration time-line from 5 years down to 2 years using our Machine Learning powered drones. Aqua Drone's machine learning model will analyze the collected footage in real-time on the drone, eliminating the need for further analysis: the data will come back fully analyzed and ready to use; the machine learning model will also be able to provide an in-depth report that will allow underwater mining companies to know which minerals are present, where they are present, in what abundance are they present, and at what grade they are present. Aqua Drone currently has a machine learning model that is able to distinguish between three aquatic classes and drone that is able to analyze footage at a rate of 30 frames per second.

Contact AquaDrone : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Bridge

Bridge

Bridge creates online marketplaces designed to help students easily (and safely!) buy and sell on campus. By implementing an Escrow-like payment service to facilitate cashless transactions, students will be able to securely buy and sell with their peers. Our goal is to help students transact on campus safely, and keep more cash in their pockets.

Contact Bridge : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Cirkle

Cirkle

Tired of asking around trying to get added to a course group chat? Too many people in your class to manually add them to a new group chat? Join Cirkle! Cirkle is an instant messaging solution designed and built for post-secondary students. Choose from a list of verified pre-prepared course chats, access detailed and trustworthy course evaluations to help you pick your next course, chat with a mentor who has already been through the course — all this and many more features to enhance your learning experience in one expertly designed smartphone app!

Contact Cirkle : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Civvic

Civvic

Civvic is an urban intelligence web platform that revolutionizes the way urban planning research is done. Currently, planning firms are doing research inefficiently. As a result they often go over their time budgets. Our solution helps planning firms save time on research and minimize risk by centralizing information and offering predictive insights using AI. Through Civvic, planners can easily visualize neighbourhood data without having to painstakingly sift through thousands of results from Google searches. This data includes demographic changes, public opinion insights, historical contexts, economic performance, and more. By making these datasets easily accessible, Civvic ensures that planners optimize their time and deliver high impact work for our cities.

Contact Civvic : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Fovea

Fovea

At Fovea, we target independence for the blind. Current solutions for navigation, albeit useful, are sub-optimal solutions driving blind individuals to rely on others. We capitalize on the brain's extreme plastic nature in order to combine multiple bodily sensations to form an accurate mental image of an individual's surroundings. We provide an alternative to photonic-based sight in order to allow blind people to neuro-spatially sense their surroundings, better orient themselves, and become more independent. With our patent pending technology, we are working towards a more accessible world.

Contact Fovea : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

LabelsDigest

LabelsDigest

Labels Digest is a virtual shopping assistant for people who are dietary and health-conscious. Labels Digest is a directly synced browser extension for online shoppers and a mobile application for in-person shoppers. On any online grocery or health product website, our extension will tell users which products are suitable for them or not, and why or why not. We also allow for multiple diet profile curations for those who shop for people with a variety of specialty diets. Specialty food is expensive, through Labels Digest, we tell users exactly which store is best to shop at based on the items in a consumer's shopping list on our app and extension, saving users time and money, allowing them to purchase with confidence and convenience. We believe that we can be the ultimate shopping assistant for the diet and health-conscious through the combination of our food savings algorithm, unique method for determining product suitability, focus on online shoppers, and wide selection of allergies, restrictions, intolerances, preferences, and clinical diets available on our platforms.

Contact LabelsDigest : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

My Dorm Store

My Dorm Store

As three university students, no one understands the stress and challenges involved with moving into a dorm or an apartment better than we do. Having lived in dorms ourselves, we know how much is involved with moving into a new space and making it your own. My Dorm Store is the service we wish we had – a way to take the worry out of moving. For anyone, moving can be a challenge. Leaving your home and moving into a dorm can even be more difficult. It's not just about going to a place and meeting people – it's about making sure your dorm becomes your home away from home. My Dorm Store understands this, and we want to make the moving process easier for everyone. We recognize the value of convenience, affordability, and choice. Each person has a different style, and we want to help you create a dorm that expresses who you are. My Dorm Store is a dorm creation service made by students, for students. You can design your dorm or apartment using our online service and affordable payment options. With the click of a button, you can order the essentials and comforts and have them delivered to your dorm when you arrive. We offer an extensive collection of modern furnishings and home goods. Together, we hope to make your dorm into your home.

Contact My Dorm Store : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Nightingale.ai

Nightingale.ai

Nightingale.ai is developing an AI-powered mobile application to manage patients undergoing physiotherapy following hip and knee replacement. Our goal is to offer a cost-effective tool for physiotherapists to provide personalized care remotely at a lower cost. Our application delivers a personalized treatment plan based on patient-specific objective criteria that the AI detects. Unlike other solutions requiring extra wearables, we use a smartphone camera and state-of-the-art vision AI built by our award-winning team to analyze patients' abilities and track their progress. Instead of replacing physiotherapists, Nightingale effectively works with physiotherapists by informing them of real-time patient progress while sending alerts remotely only when needed. Thus, physiotherapists can make informed data-driven decisions and optimize their workflow. Nightingale is positioned to help physiotherapists reduce existing burdens, but still meet increasing demands brought by an aging population. Likewise, Nightingale enables patients to gain greater access to physiotherapy management from their own homes without sacrificing quality of care. Nightingale is led by a team of physiotherapists with tens of thousands of hours of practice experience, engineers specialized in vision-based AI, and researchers from the University of Toronto, McMaster University, MIT, and IBM. Together we are bringing realistic and scalable solutions to the rehabilitation space.

Contact Nightingale.ai : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

NMToolkit

NMToolkit

NMToolkit is an intelligent neurorehabilitation platform that serves to enable clients to practice at-home in between therapy sessions while allowing the therapist to streamline their practice. Clients will have easy access to 16 NMT techniques with clear instructions and automated objective feedback. This ultimately helps to improve their treatment outcomes. Therapists will have access to objective data via an analytics dashboard that they can use to track their clients’ progress and make more informed decisions during their sessions with clients. They will also have access to automated tools and assessments that they can use to reduce their unpaid administrative hours. For instance, for some clients with speech disorders the therapist regularly assesses their rate of speech by manually counting the words per minute. They also have to type out very specific instructions for all of the exercises each client is working on. Our platform will automate such tasks, ultimately freeing up time for the therapist. With all of this, NMToolkit will improve treatment outcomes, one technique at a time.

Contact NMToolkit : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

ParkinSense

ParkinSense

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a common progressive neurodegenerative disorder causing debilitating, fluctuating motor symptoms such as tremors. Today, more than 100,000 people live with PD in Canada with 6,500 annual new cases. Patients with frequent fluctuations in their tremors require constant adjustments in oral medications. Objective continuous information regarding these symptoms may help physicians to perform more precise changes in these patients’ medical management. We are providing a continuous monitoring system that tracks tremors in people with Parkinson’s Disease. It uses motion sensors to detect the severity and timing of tremors so that a patient can show a summary report containing tremor data and missed medications to their specialist. This allows the specialist to give an objective analysis of the status of the patient, allowing them to give an appropriate medication regimen to improve their tremors.

Contact ParkinSense : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Ramuri

Ramuri

Want to buy the most ethical products possible but don’t know where to start? Ramuri is here to help you find and understand the information you need to make ethical shopping choices that align with your values. Ramuri is a browser extension that helps you shop online by assessing the ethics of brands whose products you’re considering buying, and by providing alternative products from ethical brands. Ramuri helps you compare products while browsing and shopping online, and works automatically with your browser so that you can access information without wasting time searching for it. We pull information on different key areas in ethics, and use expert analysis to provide you with an easy-to-understand rating and summary explanation of the ethical impact of a purchasing decision. You can also specify what areas in ethics are most important to you, so that Ramuri prioritizes those in its assessments. Ramuri is being designed with your needs in mind, with our focus being in accessibility and time saving. We envision a world where all online shoppers are empowered with the information they need to choose the best products for them, and where retailers prioritize competing for who can measure up to the highest ethical standards. Join Ramuri and shop the change you want to see.

Contact Ramuri : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Sanctuary Sneakers

Sanctuary Sneakers

Sanctuary Sneakers is the first price aggregation company for the ten billion dollar secondary sneaker market. There are over 100 sites to exchange high-end sneakers, all selling the exact same shoes at vastly different prices. Sanctuary Sneakers aggregates this price data into one site, in real time, in a similar way that Kayak or Trivago does for travel deals. Our mass of data allows users to find the lowest prices and rarest pairs, soon we will leverage it to make price predictions and provide unique insights for our users. Since launching in late 2020, Sanctuary Sneakers has gained backend access to top marketplaces, and has monetized affiliate deals in place with the two largest marketplaces already - both of which have (and continue to) generate revenue for Sanctuary. The company has grown to about 2,000 monthly users with essentially no marketing costs, and this number increases on a daily basis. The secondary sneaker market is expected to grow to 30 billion dollars over the next few years. Right now, there is a unique opportunity to get involved at the ground floor. Sanctuary Sneakers has a proven business model, a formidable, hungry team, and a vision to bring the sneaker industry into the age of information.

Contact Sanctuary Sneakers : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Timber Electric

Timber Electric

Timber Electric is a cleantech startup that aims to make electric conversions for classic vehicles more accessible by developing a range of modular kits that can convert any internal combustion powertrain to fully electric. Our kits are easy to install and highly customizable to fit a wide range of vehicles. We are a one-stop shop for all the parts required in a conversion.

Contact Timber Electric : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Titan Bionics

Titan Bionics

Titan Bionics is developing a lightweight wearable device for home use to enable users to independently perform activities of daily living. The Titan Arm is a powered brace for the arms and hands with a built-in functional electrical stimulation system. Our device will enable our users to regain mobility and independence by immediately restoring some upper limb motor function for daily activities, while simultaneously strengthening neural pathways and promoting musculoskeletal health with long-term use. As graduate student researchers at the Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network, our team witnessed first-hand the disconnect in technology between what is needed by those with mobility difficulties (e.g., patients with neuromuscular conditions, seniors with age-related muscle decline) and what is available to them. There are promising technologies being researched that could fill this gap, but most never leave the lab. We started this venture after our studies to get viable solutions to those who need them the most. We are currently supported by multiple incubators in the GTA as well as scientific mentors from our former lab. Our goal is to empower individuals to live with dignity and autonomy, using their own bodies to lead extended healthy lives.

Contact Titan Bionics : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Varient

Varient

The human genetic blueprint is made of 25,000 genes necessary for proper functioning of our body's machinery. Mutations in these genes can lead to genetic diseases that significantly impact the lives of people and their families. While individually these diseases are collectively rare, there are over 350 million people living with "rare" genetic diseases worldwide. The management of these rare diseases is clinically challenging. A lack of known effective treatments typically leads to numerous attempts of various medications, through trial and error, typically with limited effect. This delay in effective disease management often leads to permanent disabilities and low quality of life. The treatment and development of new treatments for these conditions represents a $300 billion dollar industry. “Big data” and crowdsourced datasets represents a new avenue for identifying effective treatments in individuals with these conditions. Varient is designed to collect patient reported data on positive and negative drug effects in individuals with rare diseases. This data will lead to the identification of more effective medications already used by a subset of patients. Varient aims to streamline the process of finding the right treatment for individuals with specific genetic conditions, and act as a decision support tool for them.

Contact Varient : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

Wanderlust is a mobile platform that serves niche travelling communities by allowing travellers to easily discover unique activities to save them time planning and booking their niche trips, and allows users to engage with a community of like minded niche travellers to get activity ideas. Wanderlust provides niche travel businesses with a platform to engage with their respective niche community of travellers, more likely to use their services.

Contact Wanderlust : demoday@uofthatchery.ca

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