PinPress wins $100,000 N100 Startup Competition

Waterloo-based PinPress has taken home the top prize at the N100 Startup Competition, a Northumberland-based competition that offers $100,000 to the winning startup.

PinPress, an early stage company started by nanotechnology students at the University of Waterloo, is developing shapeshifting mold technology targeted to manufacturers. According to the company manufacturers lose millions of dollars per month in downtime switching tools, while PinPress; programmable surface allows for easy switching of tools.

“Think: a thousand molds in one,” said PinPress CEO, Asif Khan. “The strong support from N100 as well as local manufacturers is truly appreciated by our team. We look forward to a great partnership.”

PinPress has received numerous awards since its start at Velocity Foundry in 2013. The company won the GlobalStart Pitch Competition at OCE Discovery 2016, and was recently accepted into Johnson & Johnson Innovation’s JLABS incubator. The company is currently backed by SOSVentures and graduated from its leading global hardware accelerator, HAX.

“The Government of Canada is pleased to see the successes of PinPress in the technology sector as well as the local manufacturing sector,” said Kim Rudd, MP for Northumberland-Peterborough South. “We are proud to support programs and competitions such as the N100 that help high growth potential startups bring to market new and innovative products.”

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

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