2 Ontario-based entrepreneurs win $100k in Fierce Founders pitch competition
Two winners have been announced in Communitech’s Winter 2020 Fierce Founders Bootcamp, taking home a massive $100,000 prize.
The annual competition is hosted by Communitech, a public-private innovation hub that supports more than 1,400 companies, ranging in size from startups and scale-ups to large global players.
A total of 25 female entrepreneurs from across Canada participate in the program at the Communitech Hub in Kitchener, Ontario, over the course of a month. They receive mentorship and attend classes on customer validation, human resources and leadership, and building sales.
The bootcamp ends with a pitch competition involving the top eight participants, with the chance to win the grand prize.
This winter’s Fierce Founders pitch competition saw the $100,000 prize split between two Ontario-based entrepreneurs.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Alisha McFetrdige and Rachel Bartholemew won the competition, taking home respective prizes of $75,000 and $25,000.
And the winners have been announced! Congratulations to Alisha McFetridge of RainStick Shower and Rachel Bartholomew Hylvy Health on taking home a total of $100K! #FierceFoundersFinale! pic.twitter.com/Qma3M0jbfG
— Communitech (@Communitech) February 26, 2020
McFetridge is the founder of RainStick Shower, a closed-loop shower system that recirculates heat, saves water, and feels like a high-pressure shower.
Rachel Bartholemew is the founder and CEO of HyIvy Health, a company that provides a suite of sexual rehabilitation products for women who have pelvic cancers and diseases to help improve sexual recovery after diagnosis, treatment, or surgery.
Last year, Communitech awarded $100,000 to AirMatrix, a Toronto-based startup that creates an airspace mapping system for drones in high-density urban areas.