Judges gathered in the four Spark competition regions last week to review the 122 Spark submissions. The judging committees in each region selected a shortlist of applicants to move on in the competition.

Read about the 27 shortlisted companies below:

Spark Cape Breton 2018 Shortlist Companies

Climate ChangeBack Technologies Group – Rob MacKenzie – Sydney
Tidal power technology using a new energy storage design

Commlet – Patsy Leadbeater – Sydney – commlet.ca
Technology to monitor students exploring outdoor learning environments

ContribuTAP – Douglas MacLennan – Sydney 
Digital fundraising tool allowing instant donations

EasyFit – Mykola Kushnir – Sydney 
Virtual fitting room to enhance and simplify online shopping experiences

Honeycomb Technologies – Karen Gillis, Ian McVicar – Sydney 
Mobile data-capturing system to collect and process customized health information for health professionals

MINDSENTINEL – Dave Johnson – North Sydney
Mobile app for alerting users of potential increased risk of mental illness

TrAIner – Shea Munro, Krysta MacIntosh – Sydney 
Mobile app to help optimize user’s movements when exercising or recovering from injury

VMOpro – Matthew T. Gillis – River Ryan
Exercise and monitoring tool for knee rehabilitation, at home and in physiotherapy settings

Spark Halifax 2018 Shortlist Companies

Acoubit Communications – Colin Ross – Dartmouth – acoubit.com
Acoustic data communications technology for ocean management and monitoring

BlueNode – Louis Beaubien, Grant Wells, Mike Smit – Halifax 
Technology to improve supply chain efficiency in the ocean sector by helping organizations use data

Clockk.com – Paul Doerwald – Halifax – clockk.com
Time sheet automation tool to make agencies more profitable

ColourSmith Labs – Gabrielle Masone – Halifax – coloursmithlabs.ca
Direct-to-consumer contact lenses reducing red-green colour blindness and saturating colours

Eadie Technologies – Brennan Eadie, Frank R. Eadie – Halifax 
Wearable visual field testing device for eye clinics

GreyLit – Cora Cole – Halifax – greylit.net
Online publishing company for front-line health research and information

inspo – Peter Wünsch, Brian Jeffcock – Halifax 
A simple yet powerful way to store, organize and compare ideas

Panag Pharma – Mary Lynch, Melanie Kelly – Halifax – panagrx.com
Cannabinoid-based formulations for treating pain and inflammation

Reach Orthopaedics – David G. Johnston – Halifax 
Orthopedic shoulder implant for patients with chronic pain

Ring Rescue – Dr. Kevin Spencer, Brad MacKeil, Patrick Hennessey – Bedford
Medical device to assist with non-destructive finger ring removal when a ring is stuck 

Speakr – Lee Babin – Halifax 
Digital platform for helping people communicate more effectively

Spark North 2018 Shortlist Companies

Ashored Innovations – Aaron Stevenson, Ross Arsenault, Maxwell Poole – Debert – ashored.ca
Buoy systems to protect endangered marine life and collect data to increase fisher efficiency

Eggcitables – Hannah Chisholm – Heatherton 
Plant-based egg alternative

Lamina Wood – Melanie Hobbs, Brent Thornhill, Steve Brogan – Debert 
Sustainably sourced, pre-engineered mass timber building system

Spark West 2018 Shortlisted Companies

Deep Cryogenics International – Jack Cahn, Linda Williams – Blandford – deepcryogenics.com
Technology to reduce wear and corrosion on industrial, oil and gas, aerospace and marine items using a cold thermal process

Sedna Technologies – Sheamus MacDonald, Aleksandr Stabenow – West Dublin 
Solutions to reduce waste, mortality and product-integrity issues in the global seafood supply chain

Oakleaf Crane & Inspection Services – Gary LeBlanc, Vince Stuart – Church Point 
Assisted lifting device for lobster trap handling aboard fishing vessels

Real Estate Dot Love – Catharine MacIntosh – Wolfville
Social platform connecting consumers in the real estate market with friends, agents and properties

Tactical Acuity – Shawn Adams – Digby
Technology to track, position and map soldiers on the battlefield


For more information, contact:

Michaela Meltzer Gardner

Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 7, 2018

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