MEDIA ADVISORY – Meet the very first MakerLaunch cohort

Posted on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

MakerLaunch logo.

The inaugural cohort of MakerLaunch, an intensive growth program for start-ups at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa, is about to land to review its progress.

The 3 startups Noibu, GameStrat and Wandure will be sharing their progress and results during MakerLaunch Demo Day, on November 21st.

Here’s a glimpse of their results:

• Noibu: Founded in 2017 by Kailin Noivo, Robert Boukine, Filip Slatinac and Dan Cardamore, Noibu is a digital platform that detects critical errors on e-commerce websites. 208% MoM (month over month) growth rate during the program.

• GameStrat: Founded in 2015 by two former uOttawa gee-gees, Tunch Akkaya and Elijah Wu, GameStrat is a cutting-edge sideline replay system that gives coaches and players the ability to review plays in real-time during practices and games. 115% revenue growth since May.

• Wandure: Founded in 2016 by Ali Kazal and Ismail Benmbarek, Wandure is a service that allows users to explore travel destinations through unique and personalised experiences. 53% increase in number of users.

MakerLaunch provides University of Ottawa students and recent alumni entrepreneurs with the support necessary to fast track commercialization of technologies and launch new tech startups. Our program is designed to propel startups to success by surrounding them with the team, facilities and tools needed to launch and scale.

MakerLaunch Demo Day is part of the events hosted during the Global Entrepreneurship Week presented by the University of Ottawa.


MakerLaunch 2019 cohort: Noibu, GameStrat, Wandure

  • Midia Shikh Hassan, Manager of MakerLaunch

Founding Partners:

  • Agil Agil, uOttawa alumnus, Serial Entrepreneur and Business Investor
  • Jean-Michel Lemieux, uOttawa alumnus, Chief Technology Officer at Shopify
  • Simon Nehme, uOttawa alumnus, Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Corporate partners:

  • Art Brion, Brion Raffoul IP Group, Founding Partner

WHAT: MakerLaunch Demo Day

WHEN: Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Networking and Light Lunch
11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Program recap and MakerLaunch startup pitches
12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Connect with the MakerLaunch startups

WHERE: STEM Complex, 160 Louis-Pasteur Private, Ottawa, room 117 | Map

For more information:

RSVP: Please confirm your attendance by email to


For media inquiries:
Justine Boutet
Media Relations Officer
University of Ottawa
Cell: 613.762.2908

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