Startup Fest Announces Pitch Competition Winners: Vanhawks and Blynk Win Big

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After hundreds of pitches at the International Startup Festival in Montreal this week they have announced the winners of ten different award categories.

Open to all startups at the event, the $100k Investment Prize comes in the form of a friendly convertible debenture.

Next36 alumni Blynk won the $100k Investment Prize.

The Toronto-based startup has created a new app that provides personalized fashion recommendations via a Tinder-like interface.

Chosen from hundreds of applications, twelve startups took the stage and pitched for the bragging rights of having the Best Pitch, as determined by an expert panel of judges.

FounderFuel grad Vanhawks won Best Pitch.

Vanhawks' Valour bike has been a crowdfunding phenom. The Valour connects to iOS, Android and Pebble through Bluetooth and tracks rider statistics in real-time including the route, distance, speed, and time.

Here are the winners for the remaining prizes:

  • Media Pitch Prize (Pitch CBC journalists for 1 minute): GymBirds
  • FounderFuel Fall 2014 Cohort (Pitch for a spot in FounderFuel’s Fall 2014 Cohort): RedTree Robotics
  • The Grandmother's Choice Award (The 2012 winner of this award was acquired by Facebook): Neuroscan Pro
  • Videotron Business Solutions/MAtv Prize (Three Quebec-based startups selected to pitch from hundreds of applicants): Navut
  • ideaBOOST Accelerator Prize (Pitch for a guaranteed spot in ideaBOOST's fourth cohort): Tunestar
  • Audience Choice Award: Vanhawks
  • Audience Choice Award 2nd place: Neuroscan Pro
  • Twitter Pitch: Flight Fox
Montréal, Québec, Canada

At FounderFuel we believe startup success is more about the people than the idea. We take a lot of care in choosing the smartest and most resourceful, dedicated and passionate people we can find. Once selected to join the program, you’ll be surrounded by a few like-minded entrepreneurial teams for an 12 intense weeks. You will be developing your business within an ecosystem of experienced entrepreneurs, top... more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Blynk is your personal stylist in your pocket. The average personal stylist costs an individual no less than $100/hour. Blynk replicates this value for users - for free. Blynk provides quality fashion recommendations personalized and delivered to you. We help you determine your style, send you full outfit recommendations and make your shopping experience easier and more enjoyable. more

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Vanhawks's mission is to make connected bikes for the urban commuter to encourage bike rides for greener and less congested cities with the best experience possible. The Vanhawks Valour, is the first Bluetooth connected bike built from carbon fibre, giving riders safety,comfort and insight for every ride. Valour went on to raise the most amount of money in crowdfunding in Canada through Kickstarter which was 820k.... more

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