On December 8, Innovacorp announced their selection of the top 15 early stage Nova Scotia technology companies to move on to round three of the I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition.

Zone 1: Pictou, Cumberland, Colchester, Antigonish and Guysborough counties

LST Energy Inc.—Jim Trussler, Gus Swanson and Philip Landry, Pictou – An innovative biomass  furnace that can efficiently burn grass/hay-based pellets designed for both residential and industrial applications.
Performance Genomics Inc.—Donald Crober, Truro – A DNA-based predictor of reproductive performance that has application in livestock, including dairy cattle.
X-Flux Environmental Technologies Inc.—David Risk, Antigonish – Real-time monitoring of carbon dioxide emissions from underground carbon capture and storage facilities.

Zone 2: Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties

Gateway Geomatics—Jeff McKenna, Lunenburg – A software tool for publishing spatial information to the Internet using the Open Source MapServer Product, focused on Microsoft Windows users.
Ocean Leader Fisheries Ltd. —Milton LeBlanc and Bruce LeBlanc, Lower Wedgeport – An anti-inflammatory sea cucumber extract for the companion pet market.
Xona Games—Matthew Doucette and Jason Doucette, Yarmouth – An award-winning XBOX 360 game developer.

Zone 3: Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties

Clare Machine Works Ltd.—Vince Stuart, Meteghan Centre – An innovative mobile approach to refurbishing high value oil and gas industry drilling components.
Compilr—Patrick Hankinson, Weymouth – A mass market software code development collaboration and compiler system.
Fireworks FX Inc./Solar Flare Inc.—Fred Wade, Grand Pre – An electric ignition system for fireworks display that solves serious safety related issues.

Zone 4: Halifax Regional Municipality

Carbon Sense Solutions Inc.— Robert Niven, Halifax – Advanced concrete curing technology which improves production economics and material properties, and reduces green house gases.
Tether— Tim Burke and Stephen Hankinson, Halifax – A mobile connectivity solution for laptops via connectivity through BlackBerry and other smartphones.
VoIP Solutions— Peter Woodford, Eamonn Oldham and Larry Hicks, Halifax – An enhanced 911 solution for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) enabled phones which ensures emergency calls are sent to the appropriate 911 call center and include the correct address of the emergency, enabling dispatch of 911 emergency responders to the proper location.

Zone 5: Victoria, Cape Breton, Inverness and Richmond counties

Billdidit Inc.—Joe Menchefski, Sydney, and Bill Coady, Port Hawkesbury –Music industry accessories; including the Coady Clutch, the world's first passive hi-hat drop clutch which allows drummers to engage and disengage their hi-hats during live performances.
Health Tech Outcomes—Corrine McIsaac and Charley Chiasson, New Waterford – An ehealth business process management company specializing in assisting health care organizations improve patient quality and care and reduce costs in areas such as chronic disease management.
Prescribed Solutions Consulting Inc.—Ed Fedora and Paul Graham, Sydney – A drug benefits management program.

In each of the five geographic zones, three finalists will compete for first and second place award packages, worth $100,000 and $40,000 respectively, made up of cash and in-kind business building services. The companies will pitch their start-up business plans to the I-3 judging panels in mid January.