The following are provincial finalists in the I-3 competition. On February 12, 2008, at an event at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, one of these companies will be named the provincial I-3 winner and will receive a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp.

Zone 1 (Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties)

BioNovations Inc. – Joe Boudreau – Antigonish - is developing an innovative transportation and container system that can control the shipping environment and maximize payload, while minimizing energy consumption. The unique challenges facing fish products and/or logistics companies when shipping live shellfish and other perishable products are significant. Wide temperature swings, water contamination, high mortality rates, and quality issues are common. BioNovations’ system can resolve virtually all these issues. The company is strategically positioned to take a leadership role in the worldwide transport systems industry.

Zone 2 (Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties)

CleanCount Inc. - Michael Jarvis and Brent Fay - Chester - is developing a self-cleaning pill dispensing system designed to significantly reduce pharmacists’ and technicians’ exposure to the toxic effects of the pharmaceutical drugs they handle daily. The patent pending system will also reduce the potential for cross contamination of different pharmaceuticals between pill counts. The CleanCount team has several working prototypes, independent scientific analysis of efficacy, as well as compelling expressions of interest from their target market. The business model promises both product and consumables reoccurring revenues.

Zone 3 (Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties)

MorSwift Machines Inc. – Roland Swift – Digby - has designed and developed a pneumatic machine for semi-automatically banding bundles of products such as vegetables and building materials. Given the patented banding machine’s broad range of applications, it has the potential to make a significant impact on the international packaging industry. MorSwift has established strong supplier and global distribution agreements. The business model promises both product and consumables reoccurring revenues.

Zone 4 (Halifax Regional Municipality)

Skillz Systems – Paul Behner, Tim Burke, Dean Dachyshyn, Stephen Hankinson – Halifax - is developing a patent pending, fun and interactive game designed to improve hockey players’ stick handling skills. The product integrates advanced sensor technology and data analysis tools into an engaging, physically-interactive video game that motivates players to practice their skills while using proper techniques. Skillz Systems will target both home and commercial markets, such as hockey schools and team training centres. Through internet-based network gaming, players can compete head-to-head, purchase new Skillz modules, and view performance statistics.

Zone 5 (Victoria, Cape Breton, Inverness and Richmond counties)

Marcato Digital Solutions – Darren Gallop – Sydney - is developing a fully integrated scalable web-based management service for the global music industry. The music industry has dramatically changed over the past five years, primarily due to internet-based music sharing and the impact it has had on the major record labels. Marcato’s web-based service “Showlink” is designed to facilitate the scheduling, management, promotion, need to track and manage fragmented revenue and remuneration streams, and general accounting for music industry artists, managers, and supporting organizations. Marcato is surrounding itself with experts from the international music industry. Beta testing of the service will begin in 2008.

Click here to learn more about the I-3 competition and the zone winners from across the province.