SOURCE: Communitech


October 07, 2015 12:34 ET

Women Win $100,000 at Communitech Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp

WATERLOO REGION, ON--(Marketwired - October 07, 2015) - Communitech is pleased to announce the winners of its second-annual Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp pitch competition, which took place Thursday, Oct. 1. The top three winners include: Sarah Murphy of Sentinel Alert, awarded $35,000, Renishaki Kamal of Fidget, awarded $25,000, and Alexa Roeper of Penta Medical, awarded $15,000.

The women are also invited to spend one week at Deloitte's innovation lab, d { } (dee space) located in the Hub, where they'll receive development and research help. The remaining five finalists were each awarded $5,000.

Eight women pitched their startup business plans or products to a panel of expert judges, including Carol Leaman, CEO of Axonify; Steve McCartney, VP of Communitech's Startup Services; Sunil Sharma, Managing Partner with Extreme Venture Partners; Rachel Paulter, CEO of Suncayr; and Gayemarie Brown, National Innovation Leader at Deloitte Canada.

"This year, we've seen these women work hard to develop their ideas into winning solutions," said Alayne Hynes, Talent Program Manager at Communitech. "With the help of strong mentors and support from Deloitte, they're turning their passions into reality."

Brown was impressed with the ideas that came out of the competition.

"This is putting money where your mouth is," she said of the programming and of Deloitte's financial support for the boot camp. "This is real. I can mentor, show up and judge, but [these women are] our future. Our future is bright."

The bootcamp ran through the summer of 2015, with women first visiting the Communitech Hub Aug. 25-27. Murphy, based in St. John's, Nfld., was excited to see Deloitte's innovation lab during her first visit to Waterloo Region.

"From the first time I met with d { }, I'd hoped I would place within the top three so I would get to work with them," said Murphy. "They have domain expertise in the industrial area. It's amazing for our company, I think they'll help advance our solution."

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