An application that improves communication between customers and service companies won the first place prize of $25,000 at the final round of the Canadian Business Model Competition (CBMC) at Dalhousie University Saturday.
HeadsUp notifies customers of estimated arrival times, location of deliveries, and late employees through text messaging. Developed by Michael Reid, Jeremy Tupper and Dimitry Galamiyev from the University of Waterloo, the app also allows for customers to give instant feedback to businesses the minute the employee has left their home.
“I’m super excited,” said 22-year-old Reid, the business developer of the team. “Right now we have a couple pilot projects we’re going to set up, so we’re probably going to spend the money on hiring people to help us get to where we want to be faster.”
Reid said the app would work with Google Maps to allow for a non-invasive vehicle tracking system.
“We’re currently working with a number of companies to put these tracking devices in the reps’ cars, and then we’re going to be sending the text messages with the ETA times as well as feedback messages to gauge responses,” he said.
In addition to the cash prize provided by Deloitte Canada, the developers of HeadsUp have qualified for a spot at the International Business Model Competition, which takes place on May 1-2 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Between 40 and 48 teams from over 30 countries are selected to compete at the international competition. This will be the second year a Canadian team has competed at the international level.
Dalhousie has been hosting the CBMC since 2013. Thomas Battle, one of the organizers of Saturday’s event, said the competition has seen a dramatic increase in both quality of presentations and number of competitors since it began.
“The first year we did it we had five Dalhousie teams…last year we had 17 teams from 10 to 12 schools, and this year we have 30 teams from over 20 schools across Canada,” said Battle.
On Saturday, two other teams were awarded with cash prizes. Ourotech, a three-dimensional printer for hospitals developed by Duleek Ranatunga and Zain Roohi, won the second place prize of $15,000.
Developed by Cole Campbell and Mitchell Hollohan, Intelligent Site Innovations, which proposed an automated system to replace human flaggers on construction sites, finished in third place and was awarded a $10,000 prize.
Of the six teams that competed in the final round, only two were from universities in Nova Scotia.