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Congratulations to this year’s IT’S A START 2015 Pitch Competition Winners:

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Congratulations to Brian Lee and Rehman Merlai, founders of teaBOTTM, a robotic kiosk that allows customers to create their own loose-leaf tea blend which they can tweak at the touch of a button.  Brian’s family has a loose-leaf tea store and he noticed that customers were leaving the store due to long line-ups. He discussed the problem with Rehman over sushi one day and the two engineers started sketching a machine to make a premium cup of tea for busy on-the-go consumers. The idea soon evolved into having the machine create the tea blends on-demand and teaBOTTM was born!  Digifest is proud to present teaBOT with the 2015 IT’S A START Pitch Competition Grand Prize!

Thanks to all companies for participating in the 2015 IT’S A START Pitch Competition.

Digifest would also like to congratulate this year’s other winners:


Congratulations to second place winner, Anna Hu of Brizi, the social drone.  Brizi is a new class of drones that is interactive and made to be safe for large event settings.

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Congratulations to third place winner, Rachel Paulter of Suncayr.  Suncayr is making sun safety simplified with the use of a color changing marker that tells you when to re-apply sunscreen.

 ExVivo Labs 

Congratulations to Best R&D Project (hosted by OCAD U) winner, Moufeed Kaddoura of ExVivo Labs.  ExVivo Labs is developing non-invasive allergy testing skin patches, making allergy testing safe, simple and certain.

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Meet the 2015 IT’S A START finalists:

Meet the 2015 IT’S A START semi-finalists:

What is IT’S A START?

How does IT’S A START work?

Success Stories

Final Presentation Pitch Competition Rules

What are the prizes?

Project eligibility

What projects are NOT eligible?

Who can enter?

Who is on the IT’S A START panel of judges?

What are the selection criteria?


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