On August 24th, the 2017 Fierce Founders bootcamp wrapped up with a pitch competition, and two firms split the top prize of $100,000. SomaDetect and Furnishr.com were the tied first place winners, each earning a cheque for $50,000 and a guaranteed spot in the Fierce Founders Accelerator this fall. In this episode of the podcast, you’ll hear the two winning pitches and the Q&A sessions that followed.

The Fierce Founders bootcamp is a six-day, Communitech-run program that helps women tech entrepreneurs build their companies. Sponsors include the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Thomson Reuters, Google Developers, Bereskin & Parr LLP, FedDev Ontario, Scotiabank, Deloitte and Kognitiv. Judges this year included Deloitte’s Zahra Jivan; Michelle McBane of MaRS; Joseph Fung of Kiite Inc.; Nicole LeBlanc of BDC; and Lisa Rowsell of Thomson Reuters.

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Phil Froklage
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Phil Froklage is a writer, filmmaker and journalist in Waterloo Region obsessed with the future. Passionate about science and technology — and how it shapes our world — Phil likes nothing more than being surprised by the amazing things human beings can do.