Computer Science startup SheepIt wins Velocity $5K Pitch Competition

Friday, April 19, 2024

Congratulations to Computer Science student-led startup SheepIt, which won one of four $5000 prizes in the winter 2024 Velocity $5K Pitch Competition. 

The team was one of 26 that competed in the semi-finals and finals, out of more than one hundred applicants. 

"SheepIt is developing a tech solution for Canadian sheep farmers, who currently rely on pencil and paper for data tracking,” said Computer Science student Josiah Plett, pitching on behalf of his team.

Photo of team holding a $5,000 cheque

Left to right: Team SheepIt comprised of Noumaan Kaleem, Nathan Philippon, Saahibdeep Dhaliwal and Josiah Plett accept grant from John Dick

Existing solutions for this space are outdated or are not user-friendly. SheepIt offers a modern, mobile-friendly and tailored solution for sheep farms with smaller flocks.

“Our aim is to support hobbyist and specialist sheep farmers in monitoring traits and production, filling a niche that existing solutions — aimed only at industrial farms — do not address," Plett explained.

Read the full article from Waterloo News to learn more about the competition and the other three winners. 

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