NeuroDevNet-placed Mitacs intern helps land innovator in CBC's The Dragons' Den

May 29, 2015

A fast-track illustration of the potential of neurodevelopmental internships piloted by NeuroDevNet and Mitacs made an appearance on CBC's the Dragon's Den.

In the Spring of 2012, Kayla Ten Eycke interned with Vancouver-based startup Squeezeease therapy, studying the effects of Lisa Fraser's Snugvest on the stress experienced by children with autism. Her pilot study on cortisol levels provided the early evidence base that helped secure $500,000 in venture capital investment needed to grow Snguvest's commercial potential.

  On the basis of Ten Eycke's work, Fraser was able to interest researchers to do further studies, and secure federal seed funding. Launched online with no marketing budget, but strong word-of-mouth support, Fraser faced the Dragons in episode 19, taped in 2014, but broadcast April 1, 2015, and forged a deal offering three of the investors a 40 percent stake in her company in exchange for a their $500,000 investment in her business.

Watch Lisa, left, face off with the Dragons online. Click the embedded video below.