Innovacorp has announced the zone winners in the 2013-2014 provincial I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, a competition to find and support high potential early-stage Nova Scotia knowledge-based companies. (Winner descriptions are below.)
Each first place zone winner is awarded $100,000 in cash and in-kind business-building services to help further develop their start-ups. The second place zone winners each take home $40,000 in cash and services.
The first place winners will move on to the provincial round to compete for a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp. The provincial winner will be announced at an event in Halifax on Feb. 12.
Winners in each zone are described below. READ THE FULL NEWS RELEASE.
Zone 1 (Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties)
Zone 1 - 1st Place
Jim Fitt, Peter Bennett – New Glasgow
Extrify is developing mobile-friendly technology that enables work groups to communicate and collaborate more efficiently. Targeting medium to large organizations, the cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) application has an intelligent, user-friendly interface and “bank-level” security at a cost much less than similar offerings by competitors. (EXTRIFY.COM)
Zone 1 - 2nd Place
Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company Inc.
Rebecca Taylor – Debert
Pearl & Daisy Natural Soap Company Inc. is developing a personal insect repellent that is effective, appealing in consistency and aroma, and safe for all ages. Available in lotion and stick formats, the repellent will be the only all-natural citronella-free product, a unique position as citronella products are phased-out by Health Canada. (PEARLANDDAISY.COM)
Zone 2 (Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties)
Zone 2 - 1st Place
Chris Hooper, Tor Suther, Ed McKay, Veselin Milosevic – Brooklyn
CelluFuel Inc. is focused on turning woody biomass into renewable diesel fuel to augment petroleum products in vehicles and heating systems. The company is driven by the increasing demand for renewable fuel sources, growth in diesel consumption, and an abundant local supply of woody biomass. (CELLUFUEL.COM)
Zone 2 - 2nd Place
QNova Precision Battery Evaluation Inc.
Chris Burns, David Stevens, Tim Hatchard – Hebbville
QNova Precision Battery Evaluation Inc. is developing high precision battery test systems, able to quickly determine how small changes in rechargeable lithium-ion battery chemistry will impact long-term battery performance. QNova’s market includes manufacturers, researchers and end-users of the six billion battery cells made every year for electric vehicles and portable electronics like smartphones and laptops. (QNOVA.CA)
Zone 3 (Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties)
Zone 3 - 1st Place
Fenol Farm Inc.
Sherri McFarland – Mount Uniacke
Fenol Farm Inc. is developing a way to kill oral bacteria that leads to enamel damage, cavities, gum disease and other health problems. The innovation combines plant extracts and light technology to prevent build up of dental plaque. The treatment can be done at home and only takes a couple of minutes.
Zone 3 - 2nd Place
Delicious Brains Inc.
Brad Touesnard – Milford Station
Delicious Brains Inc. is developing plugins that extend the functionality of the WordPress content management system. The company is focused on building a solution that lets website developers migrate a WordPress database from one site to another with a single click – avoiding many of the time-consuming steps, issues and frustrations of the conventional manual process. (DELICIOUSBRAINS.COM)
Zone 4 (Halifax Regional Municipality)
Zone 4 - 1st Place
Spring Loaded Technology
Chris Cowper-Smith, Shea Kewin, Bob Garrish – Halifax
Spring Loaded is developing knee-bracing technology that can reduce fatigue while enhancing the strength and power of leg muscles by increasing the output of quadriceps contraction. The brace’s mechanical hinge makes movement easier by storing energy when the user places weight on his or her leg during knee-flexion, and releasing that energy upon extension. Applications include mobility assistance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and performance enhancement for athletes. (SPRINGLOADEDTECHNOLOGY.COM)
Zone 4 - 2nd Place
Atlantic Motor Labs Inc.
Braden Murphy – Halifax
Atlantic Motor Labs Inc. is developing a compact, flow-driven motor – the TurboPiston – for the oil and gas industry. The company’s motors replace existing solutions for powering equipment in drilling and production applications, offering significant cost savings, reducing waste, increasing safety, lowering greenhouse and explosive gas emissions, and reducing solid waste. (MOTORLABS.CA)
Zone 5 (Victoria, Cape Breton, Inverness and Richmond counties)
Zone 5 - 1st Place
Jim DeLeskie – Sydney
Heimdall Networks is developing technology that protects companies and governments against Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to their networks and websites. DDoS attacks flood an organization’s network or website with unwanted traffic, making online functions unavailable to its intended users. Heimdall Networks’ solution identifies legitimate and illicit traffic, filtering out the bad traffic while letting the good traffic through. (HEIMDALLNETWORKS.COM)
Zone 5 - 2nd Place
Ian McVicar, Ken Grisham, Stephanie Timmer – Sydney
Breton SmarTek is developing a smartphone application for firefighter response verification and fire department management. FIREQ-RVS provides immediate information about which personnel are responding to an emergency and when they will arrive. It also manages and reports information about the incident. Initially targeting volunteer and on-call firefighters, the company plans to expand into other markets such as ambulance services and search and rescue operations. (BRETONSMARTEK.COM)
For more information, please contact:
T 902.424.8670 x 1197
Halifax, Nova Scotia, January 27, 2014