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Startup Awarded $100,000 at Communitech’s Fierce Founders Pitch Competition

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Communitech is pleased to announce Alexandra McCalla of AirMatrix,
Toronto, ON, has been awarded $100,000 at the Communitech Fierce
Founders Bootcamp Pitch Competition Wednesday. McCalla took top place
after pitching her startup that creates an airspace mapping system for
autonomous drones in high-density urban areas used by commercial
businesses like Amazon.

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Communitech awarded Toronto-based startup AirMatrix $100,000 at the Fierce Founders Bootcamp Finale  ...

Communitech awarded Toronto-based startup AirMatrix $100,000 at the Fierce Founders Bootcamp Finale Wednesday. (Photo: Business Wire)

Gabrielle Masone of Coloursmith
Labs Inc.
, Halifax, NS, and Shawn Hewat of Wavy,
Toronto, ON, were named runners-up and awarded spots in the Communitech
Fierce Founders Accelerator

The two-part bootcamp hosted female founders with early-stage startups
at Communitech to develop business skills for their businesses. Over two
weeks, twenty-four women took part in the Winter 2019 Fierce Founders
Bootcamp at Communitech in Kitchener where they learned about running a
startup and business fundamentals including customer validation, HR and
leadership, creating financials, building sales funnels and marketing.
They were also coached on their pitch presentations.

Other founders who pitched Wednesday include:

Susan Chen, TasteGuru
Artificial Intelligence Inc.
, Toronto, ON

Kristal Lewis, Senior
Care Connect
, Toronto, ON

Stephanie Florio, Swob
, Vaughn, ON

Rebecca Swabey, Maple
Precision Inc.
, Kitchener, ON

Marianne Bell, Toxon
Technologies Inc.
, Waterloo, ON

The pitches were judged by a panel of industry experts, including Jennifer
Senior Vice President, Technology and Operations at Cineplex
Digital Media, Talia
, Chief Operating Officer, Artificial Intelligence
Practice at Deloitte, Aaron
, Investment Director at MaRS Investment Accelerator Fund, Steven
Senior Director of Engineering at Google and Michelle
, Managing Director, Growth & Transition Capital at BDC.

Fierce Founders is a Communitech program backed by Business Development
Bank of Canada (BDC), Deloitte, Google, the City of Kitchener and the Government
of Ontario
and the Government of Canada
that helps women tech entrepreneurs accelerate their companies. For more
information about Communitech’s women in technology programming, please

About Communitech

Communitech was founded in 1997 by a group of entrepreneurs committed to
making Waterloo Region a global innovation leader. At the time it was
crazy talk, but somehow this community managed to pull it off. Today,
Communitech is a public-private innovation hub that supports a community
of more than 1400 companies — from startups to scale-ups to large global

Communitech is a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and
helps tech companies start, grow and succeed in three distinct ways.

  • Communitech is a place – the center of gravity for entrepreneurs and
    innovators. A clubhouse for building cool tech and great companies.
  • Communitech delivers programs – helping companies at all stages with
    access to capital, customers and talent. We are here to help them grow
    and innovate.
  • Communitech partners in building a world-leading ecosystem – making
    sure we have all the ingredients (and the brand) to go from a small
    startup to a global giant.