They want to make student cards more secure, respirators more efficient, homes quieter, people happier, workplaces more collaborative and local sports easier to find.
They are part of the first cohort of the Brock University LINCubator business incubation program announced Friday, Nov. 12.
Founders of the six early-stage businesses will spend the next eight months working with experts from the Brock LINC and beyond.
“We made a conscious effort to support businesses across different industries, so you’ll see there’s a great mix of tech businesses, using things like artificial intelligence and facial recognition, as well as more traditional product-based businesses, and even a social enterprise,” said Brock LINC Executive Director Farzana Crocco.
Launched in early 2020, the Brock LINC is the University’s centre for creativity, innovation, research and entrepreneurship. The 41,000-square-foot facility is housed in the Rankin Family Pavilion at the base of Schmon Tower.
As one of Brock LINC’s programs, the LINCubator will help the early-stage ventures reach their next stage of business development by working in collaboration with Brock Partnerships, Innovation and Intellectual Property Advancement (PIIPA), Goodman Group, Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, as well as external partners such as Innovate Niagara, Haltech and the Niagara Angel Network, a group of more than 50 individual investors from across southern Ontario.
Crocco said narrowing down the strong applicant pool was challenging — so much so that the original plan for five initial startups was expanded to six.