IRIS Wins 1st Place at Lion's Lair 2019
September 30, 2019
An image of Emil after winning the top prize making a pitch to the Lions.

HAMILTON – Sept. 26, 2019 – IRIS, a company which enables cities to conduct real-time monitoring of road conditions using AI-enabled dash cams, took home a top prize of $35,000 after making their pitch the Lions and a sold-out crowd.

IRIS’ technology enables city-owned assets such as buses and trucks to autonomously locate and measure the formation of potholes and road damage, cutting down the cost of manual patrols employed by cities today. The Investor Lions chose IRIS for not just their innovation, but also for creating a sustainable business that can improve cities and addressed pain points in many other industries.

“Lions Lair has been an experience of entrepreneurial growth, personal insights and self awareness,” said Emil Sylvestor Ramos, co-founder of IRIS. “Everything from the application process, pitch training and live interviews has pushed us to strive better both personally and professionally.”

Watch the pitch here.

News Coverage:

Hamilton Spectator:
https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9620013-iris-r-d-wins-hamilton-s-lion-s-lair-contest-with-technology-that-spots-potholes-on-city-roads/

Global News:
https://globalnews.ca/news/5959455/lions-lair-2019-iris-IrisGO™/

Innovation Factory:
http://lionslair.ca/four-innovative-startups-win-big-at-9th-annual-lions-lair-awards-gala/

an image of the iris team with the winning prize check.

Emil Sylvester Ramos, Brian Bae & Kevin Xia with the 1st Place winner award.