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UNB’s master of technology management and entrepreneurship students launch three start-ups

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Jul 19, 2022

Category: UNB Fredericton

The J Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) hosted MTME: NEXT on July 15, an event where master of technology management and entrepreneurship (MTME) students launched their new companies.  

For the first time in three years, the event was hosted in person at the Harriet Irving Library on the UNB Fredericton campus. The aspiring entrepreneurs had the opportunity to present to venture capitalists, angel investors, mentors, partners, government officials and supporters.  

MTME: NEXT is the concluding event for MTME students, where they present their final pitches and demonstrate their technologies in front of judges. The students work on their start-ups from the first semester and spend the program learning the ins and outs of the start-up world.  

This year’s cohort of 11 students launched three new ventures developed in the J Herbert Smith Centre - one of the many initiatives that support UNB’s reputation as Canada’s most entrepreneurial university.   

  • Praktical (Amirhossein Matoufiazar, Kingsley Ogbuanya, Ethan Nguyen) – a property assessment web application that offers comprehensive pre-listing inspection reports 
  • Ounje Bazaar (Prerna Sharman, Damilare Onawoga, Anthony Onyewadume, Omotayo Odediran) an integrated digital marketplace for international, cultural and ethnic groceries 
  • bendV (Kanyinsola Olajide, Farnaz Emadi, Susmita Halder, Avery Lough) – a virtual reality platform that helps guide yoga enthusiasts in practicing yoga using AI technology  

Ounje Bazaar was awarded first place.  

“I am delighted to congratulate our MTME students on presenting their final pitches,” said Dr. Dhirendra Shukla, chair of the J Herbert Smith Centre. “It is amazing to see the hard work, dedication and efforts they have put into these start-ups. We are all beyond proud of these students and the ventures they have launched today.” 

The MTME program combines technological thinking with practical business skills to promote an entrepreneurial mindset. It is a rigorous year-long program that equips students with the knowledge, technical experience and grit to manage innovative-based projects or start-ups.  

Media contact: Kelsey Pye
Photo: Students from UNB's MTME program at MTME: NEXT, where they pitched their start-ups. Credit: UNB Media Services