Innovacorp has announced the zone and sector winners in the 2015-2016 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 sector winners each take home a $25,000 award package. 

The five first place winners and six sector 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. 3.

The zone and sector winners are described below. Read the full news release.

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

Zone 1 - 1st Place
Lootbag
Daniel Code-McNeil, Jason Young, Neil Grewal – Antigonish

Lootbag is developing a mobile application that streamlines new product development and market research. The application will let users browse, test and review free consumer goods based on their interests, enabling Lootbag to provide brands with advanced consumer insights quickly and cost-effectively. (iwantloot.com)

Zone 1 - 2nd Place
AgSeed Technologies (Canada) Inc.
Sandra Newbold, Trevor Newbold – Bible Hill

AgSeed Technologies (Canada) Inc. develops agriculturally-based biochemical and biomaterial products. The company offers proprietary biobased composite materials for the furniture and green building markets. The technology to make these renewable, sustainable products will be distributed through a licensing model. (agseedtech.com)

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

Zone 2 - 1st Place
Sustane Technologies Inc. 
Peter Vinall, Javier De La Fuente, Robert Richardson – Chester

Sustane Technologies Inc. has developed a system that enables complete recycling of municipal solid waste, eliminating the need for landfills. Through a series of technologies, the waste is transformed into clean, value-added products such as biomass fuel pellets. After completing its initial full-scale plant in Chester, the company will deliver its solution to municipalities globally through a licensing model. (sustane.co)

Zone 2 - 2nd Place
WoodsCamp Technologies Inc.
Alastair Jarvis, Will Martin – Mahone Bay 

WoodsCamp Technologies Inc. is developing a software platform for sustainable management of privately-owned forest resources. Featuring a range of tools designed for both woodlot owners and foresters, the technology connects owners to those requiring feedstock. It helps owners unlock value from their property in a socially meaningful way and enables foresters to manage business more efficiently and cost-effectively. (woodscamp.com)

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

Zone 3 - 1st Place
Airline Employee Travel Inc.
Donna Lavallee, Colin Lavallee, Haytham Abushaban – Elmsdale

Airline Employee Travel Inc. is developing a travel platform for airline employees. GO BUMP FREE provides low-cost, last-minute hotel accommodations that can be cancelled for free if airline employees and their families miss their standby flight. Eliminating the cost of getting ‘bumped’ encourages employees to use their travel benefits, which helps hotels increase occupancy levels and airlines increase revenue. (gobumpfree.com)

Zone 3 - 2nd Place
Manzer Apiary Inc.  
Brian Manzer, Owen Manzer – Digby

Manzer Apiary Inc. has created a beehive that can reduce bee losses, increase crop yields and improve honey production. Initial product testing has shown that the user-friendly technology eliminates the need to treat, winterize or replenish hives. First targeting commercial pollination service companies, the product will improve bottom lines and help solve the global problem of bee loss. (manzerbm@ns.sympatico.ca)

Zone 4 (Halifax Regional Municipality)

Zone 4 - 1st Place
Site 2020 Inc. 
Mitchell Hollohan, Cole Campbell – Halifax 
Site 2020 Inc. is creating a networked traffic management solution for road construction sites that increases safety while reducing overhead costs. The system networks smart portable traffic lights with a tablet, allowing a single employee to manage traffic safely and creating an innovative platform for communication on construction sites. (Site2020.com)

Zone 4 - 2nd Place
MouseStats
Kousha Nakhaei, Ehsan Nakhaei – Halifax 
MouseStats is developing a customer experience analytics suite that uses website visitor interactions. Through analysis of clicks, scrolls, hovers, touches and other behavioural metrics, the application provides visual reports to help website owners increase online sales and boost conversion rates. Several advanced algorithms will provide in-page design recommendations. (mousestats.com)

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

Zone 5 - 1st Place
Orenda Software Solutions 
Tanya Collier MacDonald – Sydney

Orenda Software Solutions is developing a social media analysis technology that determines an organization’s overall corporate standing in real-time. Targeting medium to large enterprises, automated analysis calculates the impact of social media activity on an organization’s brand and reputation. The company has coined its cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) application ‘brand enlightenment.’ (orendasolutions.com)

Zone 5 - 2nd Place
MacCormick Inc.
Bonnie Lyn de Bartok – Sydney

MacCormick Inc. is developing a proprietary algorithm-based index that measures social responsibility of global mining and oil and gas companies. The solution helps meet the growing demand for responsible impact investing by public and institutional investors while addressing project delays due to stakeholder disputes. The company's customized offering includes data management, auditing, due diligence, and training related to social performance and impact. (maccormickimc.com)

Information Technology Sector

Winner:  Zora – Milan Vrekic – Dartmouth
Zora is creating a cloud-based platform for landlords that reduces risks associated with rentals. The tenant scoring system incorporates data from more than 80 factors, offering landlords a quantifiable method to assess the reliability of rental applicants, reduce rent default rates, and avoid costs associated with eviction and damage. (zora.io)

Life Sciences Sector

Winner: Treventis Diagnostics Ltd. – Sultan Darvesh, Chris Barden, Mark Reed, Scott Banfield – Halifax
Treventis Diagnostics Ltd. is developing a technology for non-invasive diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that currently can only be positively identified by examining the patient’s brain after death. Using proprietary compounds to highlight tissue plaques related to Alzheimer’s disease in the living brain, the technology has potential to identify this devastating disease in its early stages and accelerate development of new, more effective therapies. (treventis.com)

Clean Technology Sector

Winner: SATELLIGENT Telemetry Solutions Inc. – Arjun Warrier – Bedford 
SATELLIGENT Telemetry Solutions Inc. is developing a technology to make residential solar power generation more efficient, reliable and affordable. The company's power-dense string inverter converts direct current (DC) from solar panels and batteries to usable alternating current (AC) for home and business use. (satelligent.ca)

Ocean Technology Sector

Winner: Turbulent Research Inc. – Chris Loadman – Dartmouth
Turbulent Research Inc. designs and manufactures underwater data acquisition and signal processing products for ocean science and the oil and gas sectors. It recently developed a new product line for offshore pipeline inspection gauges. Through the use of intelligent signal processing and embedded sensors in combination with low power acoustic and magnetic transceivers, the company is making offshore operations faster, easier and less expensive. (turbulentresearch.com)

Agricultural Technology Sector

Winner: Allendale Technologies – Guy Tipton, Cyril Meagher, Ben Pooley, Elizabeth Pooley – Lockeport
Allendale Technologies has developed a carbonation system, FizzWizz, for the microbrewery industry that reduces costs and increases efficiency of craft beer production. The company’s technology lets brewers accurately and repeatedly carbonate fluids with the touch of a button to achieve a stable carbonation for a given style of product, a process that previously required costly equipment or almost constant attention. (brewwizz.com)

Waste Diversion Technology Sector

Winner: Sustane Technologies Inc. – Peter Vinall, Javier De La Fuente, Robert Richardson  – Chester
Sustane Technologies Inc. has developed a system that enables complete recycling of municipal solid waste, eliminating the need for landfills. Through a series of technologies, the waste is transformed into clean, value-added products such as biomass fuel pellets. After completing its initial full-scale plant in Chester, the company will deliver its solution to municipalities globally through a licensing model. (sustane.co)

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Shaw
Innovacorp
T 902.424.8670 x 1197
M 902.220.3686
sshaw@innovacorp.ca 

Halifax, Nova Scotia, January 21, 2016