DEM Graduate Michael Owusu standing in front of a brick wall

DEM Graduate Michael Owusu Developing App to Help Canadians Draft Their Will

Original story from University of Toronto News.

ICCIT graduate Michael Owusu has an ambitious goal in mind: helping over one million people in Canada draft a will.

In 2018, Michael Owusu enrolled at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) as a mature student in the Digital Enterprise Management (DEM) program. It was during the program's fourth-year technological entrepreneurship class that he came up with the idea for Willify – an app that can streamline the process of drafting a will.

Owusu says there are significant barriers to drafting a will, particularly for young people and members of marginalized communities. "There’s a huge unmet need for will-drafting. Given my previous work in banking and government, I’ve seen how not having a will can be so detrimental to people’s lives, no matter their age."

In January 2023, Willify was accepted into the early-stage program at ICUBE, UTM’s social entrepreneurship accelerator and incubator. The following month, the company placed among the top five finalists out of 40 competing startups at the Sauga Start-up Pitch Competition.

Michael Owusu, who graduated from the DEM program in Spring 2023, now works at the Canada Revenue Agency as a coaching specialist in learning and development. However, he continues to work on Willify in pursuit of helping Canadians with this often challenging legal process.