The BEST Program, at the Lassonde School of Engineering, hosted the BEST Startup Experience from March 5th – March 7th. “The BEST Startup Experience offers students a unique opportunity to be immersed in solving a real problem that leverages many of the tools we teach in engineering design. It helps then harness their creative potential and develop entrepreneurial mindsets fostering a belief that that they can be changemakers” stated Dr. Andrew Maxwell, Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship.
Hundreds of students joined this virtual, three-day, immersive learning experience and worked collaboratively to develop and design business ideas that will tackle eight UN Sustainable Development Goals using the design sprint methodology process.
Throughout the process, students were presented with the techniques, tools and templates they needed to accomplish their goals and had access to mentoring and support. 27 teams pitched their ideas at the preliminary round of judging and top 8 teams were selected to make a final pitch to the judges. Our judges included: Elliott Atkins, Karen Lai, Dr.Martin Corteau, Subashini Kangesan and Keith Loo.