Pitch to Make the Future Brighter

Since 2016, the Coast Capital Innovation Centre has provided an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase their new ideas during pitch competitions. Enthusiastic entrepreneurs pitch innovative ideas and receive feedback from competition judges who are faculty, business professionals, staff or previous competition winners.

The pitch competition is an anticipated, fun event for new business ventures to potentially get a funding boost. Making life easier with technology has been the most common idea between new ventures. These five competition winners aspire to make the future better with their innovative ideas.

Justo’s Hummus and Dips

High-quality hummus in a variety of flavours and reusable packaging is the mission of Justin Kopetzki and his friends with Justo’s Hummus and Dips. Instagram is the platform they use for sales where they provide delivery and pick up options for their customers. Justo’s has strong connections with the farming community and hopes to expand to retail and wholesale selling. Isn’t it interesting to have a variety of different flavours of hummus from trifle, pesto, curry, spicy chipotle and chocolate chip dessert?!


Going through a hard time to find a skipper for a boat vacation? This venture is led by Nejc Ekart and his friend. Skippero is a web platform that links skippers and people who want to go sailing. This platform is targeting mostly people new to sailing who want a vacation on the Mediterranean Sea. If you have a passion for sailing, you will get your next exciting vacation in just a few clicks.


You have a presentation tomorrow, and you need a haircut, but your barber does not have any availability. Zizzor came to Devin Sidhu after experiencing this problem. Zizzor provides a platform for barbers and customers to connect. Barbers will receive customer reviews according to their quality of work, and future customers will be able to make their decision about which barber they would like to choose. Zizzor might be your next option when you want to look presentation perfect.


Leslie Cieza Huane and Rossmery Atarama Lopez, both from Peru, have started a new venture. They combined their knowledge in biomedical technology and business management to create MOSY. MOSY is an innovative product that helps with oxygen therapy. It allows patients who normally need medical staff to manage that oxygen take care of it themselves. MOSY can be used in a hospital or at home for patients who suffer from asthma.

NRSC Collective Neurophysiology and Data Management Solutions

Technology provides opportunities to analyze and interpret neurophysiology data. NRSC applies neuroscience techniques to manage data for researchers. Scott Sawchuk explained that NRSC is a pre-clinical service. Its website platform and off-site centre provide training and consultation services. NRSC collaborates with labs that have this expertise and availability for ongoing project management, data analysis and relevant sources for their research.

The Coast Capital Innovation Centre has been made possible through a partnership between the University of Victoria and the Coast Capital Federal Credit Union. Since 2016, Coast Capital has committed over $1.5 million to support entrepreneurs and innovators at UVic.

Written by Nazanin Zargaran and edited by Anneliese Sanghara