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Edmonton Alberta Canada

DiscoveryLab Meetings

Register below to pitch your plan.Our September 11 meeting will be at Bennett Jones, 3200 TELUS House, South Tower 10020, 100th St Edmonton, AB T5J 0N3.

Registered business plan presenters on September 11 include Tarek El-Bialy, Zhongyi Quan, Nicholas Conradi, Simba Nyazika, Catalina Vasquez, James Nieman and Peter Wood.


General Schedule for DiscoveryLab Meetings

Teams are welcome to present a plan in 10 minutes (or give a 3 minute elevator pitch). A supportive panel of business experts and investors then provide free advice in a private round table discussion.

Early stage ventures, start-ups and SMEs are welcome to present plans and will be given tailored advice on how to scale their plans and reach new markets.

Presenters at DiscoveryLab events include:

  1. 48 Hour Discovery by Samantha Kwok and Ratmir Derda
  2. Antibiddies Technologies Inc. by David Marchant, Leanne Bilawchuk and Frederick West
  3. BioImmuno Designs, Inc by Shairaz Baksh
  4. BioLargo by Richard Smith
  5. Biomimetic Exosomes by Kunal Karan & Arin Sen, U Calgary
  6. Bitcoin Air by Bretton Whervin
  7. Blindman Brewing: Kirk Zembal andShane Groendahl
  8. Boron Heterocycles: New Chemical Space for Drug Discovery by Dennis Hall
  9. Breast Cancer Biomarkers by Carrie Shemanko
  10. Canada NeuroTech by Yvonne Wong, CUE
  11. Canadian BioSample Repository by Bruce Ritchie
  12. Cheminger Inc. by Nataraj Pagadala
  13. Click & Push by Martin Ferguson-Pell
  14. CliniSonics by Roger Zemp
  15. Dealcloser by Amir Reshef, Founder and CEO
  16. EHCAPS, Amrich by Tanveer Ahmad
  17. ENTiD by Rahul Arora, U Calgary
  18. Entos Pharmaceuticals by John Lewis and Arun Raturi
  19. Flu Fighting Chickens by Katharine Magor
  20. Food Wastes to Alternative Energy by Peter Johnson, Faculty of Science
  21. Fourien by Faheem Khan, Founder
  22. Health District by Khurram Jahangir, Dept of Family Medicine, UofA
  23. Health Gauge, Randy Duguay & Bruce Matichuk
  24. Hempact by Nicole Sanchez, Jenny Li and Anka Chan
  25. illumiSonics Inc by Roger Zemp, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UofA
  26. Improved Diagnosis for Autoimmune Hepatitis by Abdolamir Landi and Ana Clementin, UofA
  27. iYu Inc. by Mike Wade, Concordia University Edmonton
  28. KRS Biopharma by Tina Rinker, University of Calgary
  29. LKSAVI by Lorne Tyrell, Dept Medical Microbiology & Immunology, UofA
  30. MagnetTx by Gino Fallone, Medical Physics, UofA
  31. Mahdi Tavakoli, A Robotic System for Therapy and Assessment Following Injury
  32. Meros Polymers by Afsaneh Lavasanifar
  33. MITS by Jeremie Bourqui, U Calgary
  34. MTI by Lu Deng
  35. Nanostics by Colin Coros
  36. Nectar by Marc-André Roberge
  37. New Chemical Space for Drug Discovery by Dennis Hall, Dept of Chemistry, UofA
  38. Outbreaker Solutions by Brayden Whitlock
  39. Umay Care by Sharmin Habib
  40. Palliative Care Matters by Konrad Fassbender, Coventry Health
  41. Pacylex by Michael Weickert, John Mackey, Ryan Heit & Luc Berthiaume, UofA
  42. Polar Canadian Swine LLP by Alfred Wahl
  43. Praeventus Corporation by Jerome Yager, UofA
  44. Prominent by Aaryn Flynn, Robert Burrell, Todd McMullen & Tony Briggs, UofA
  45. Qaasim Mian:Biomarkers of Childhood Pneumonia
  46. Qualisure Diagnostics Inc by David Bocking & Oliver Bathe
  47. Rapid Prototyping by Suresh Nayar, UofA
  48. RAZN Health Decision Modelling Ltd. by Negin Razavilar
  49. RJH Biosciences by Juliana Valencia, Director Preclinical Development
  50. SafeSpaceHealth by Khurram Jahangir, UofA
  51. Sialogene by Chris Cairo, Dept of Chemistry, UofA
  52. SMALP Network, Michael Overduin, Dept Biochemistry, UofA
  53. Surgical Simulation by Bin Zheng, Dept of Surgery, UofA
  54. Syantra Diagnostics by Tina Rinker, U Calgary
  55. Targeting LPA Signaling by David Brindley, UofA
  56. ThermoReCON by Larry Unsworth, UofA
  57. ThyroSPEC by Paul Stewardson, U Calgary
  58. The TireGrabber by Darcy Goossen 
  59. WWiKY Theranostica Inc by Len Wiebe and Piyush Kumar
  60. XoTech by Amir Sanati Nezhad, U Calgary
  61. ZAFA Rapid Biorefinery by Aman Ullah
  62. Zenxmed by Colm Murphy, Founder and Cardiologist

Tips for pitching your plan

  1. Presenters are asked to give the organizers their business plan summary (1 or 2 pages) a week before and their slide-deck the day before the event. This way we can ensure technical compatibility and line up the talks to minimize any downtime.
  2. Feel free to bring your own Flash drive or computer with cable and adapter.
  3. Arrive about 10 minutes early to get oriented. You’ll be given a debrief and evaluation after your pitch.
  4. Stay on time (10 minutes for a full presentation, or 2 minutes for an elevator pitch) to ensure there is enough time for Q&A.
  5. Say a few words of background about yourself to start out the presentation. 
  6. Focus on the business plan, not technical or proprietary detail (which you can cover in follow up meetings if desired). Show how this presented a unique and timely opportunity for scalable growth, investment and/or partnering.
  7. Turn complexity and jargon into plain English.  Use accessible pictures or videos.  Avoid technical terms and abstraction. Instead, give specific examples, numbers and explain.
  8. Be passionate. Present potential risks as well as plans and successes. Show confidence and ambition.
  9. Don't be boastful or flaunt your ego.
  10. Engage with your team and panel, listening carefully and taking constructive criticism.
  11. Don’t read your talk. Notes are ok.  Rehearse beforehand to get the timing, clarity and impact right.

Slide guidance

  1. A graphic image or video communicates better than text.   Avoid crowded collages.
  2. Text is not needed.  Spoken words communicate more effectively.  If text is used, a few lines should suffice.  Avoid slides which consist of only a headline and list of bullet-points.
  3. Show several slides which each present a single idea, graph, image or data type, and form a progression, e.g. from challenge, opportunity, discovery, reality check, to future plan.
  4. Use no more than 1 slide per minute, i.e. 10 slides maximum.
  5. Keep a clear surrounding margin around text for increased legibility.
  6. Sans-serif fonts (e.g. Helvetica) are easier to read at a distance than serif fonts (e.g. Times).
  7. Use a simple background.
  8. Use high-resolution images that are from your work, are licensed, or else attribute the source.
  9. For data graphs or charts, use a text font size that can be read from the back of a board room, including labels on x- and y-axes and data points.