A core value proposition of the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund is access to our unique innovation ecosystem. With the generous support of our cornerstone academic partner, the University of Waterloo, we brought together our community of start-ups, investors and academic researchers for Collision Day, an annual day of discovery and learning.
This year’s Collision Day featured many highlights, including:
- A warm welcome from Dr. Pearl Sullivan, University of Waterloo Dean of Engineering, who highlighted the strong cluster of tech talent at the school. UWaterloo ranks first in Canada for the most VC-backed student entrepreneurs, valued at ~$4B.
- Tours of UWaterloo’s state-of-the-art research, testing and training facilities, including: Robohub; the Autonomous Vehicle Research & Intelligence Lab (AVRIL), a facility featuring an immersive driving simulator, 10 vehicle research bays, and a level 2 charger for EVs; and the Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems (CIARS), a world-class electromagnetic device and communication/sensing system development/characterization facility.
- Researcher Breakout Sessions on relevant topics for our investors, including Robotics for Mining; Connected & Autonomous Vehicles; Optimization, Sensing & Communications.
The day was capped off with a visit to the Velocity Incubator where we heard pitches from local start-ups: LabsCubed; Acerta; Glove Systems; Dozr; MAJiK Systems and Stacktronic.
Chrysalix would like to thank our hosts Professor William Melek, Director of the Robohub, Dave Dietz, Director of Engineering Research, and Jay Shah, Director of Velocity, for the excellent day and we look forward to future collaborations.