Six start-ups from western Nova Scotia are splitting $200,000 in cash and getting business advice to further grow their ventures.

The 2016 Spark West winners are:

Midgard Insect Farm Inc. – Joy Hillier – Windsor
Amount: $45,000
Midgard Insect Farm breeds and processes crickets to create insect-based protein powder for use in various industries.

Integrated HACCP Solutions Inc. – Douglas Armour, Mitchell Kane, Matthew Winchester – Wolfville
Amount: $45,000
Integrated HACCP Solutions’ software helps food processors meet changing regulatory requirements more efficiently and affordably.

Annapolis Orchards – Craig Nichols, Alan Fisher – Lawrencetown
Amount: $45,000
Annapolis Orchards applies proprietary techniques to Honey Crisp apple nursery trees, significantly reducing the time required for the trees to mature and yield fruit.

Neck Tronics Inc. – Bill Smith, Peter Haase – Conquerall Mills
Amount: $25,000
Neck Tronics is developing medical device technology that precisely measures neck range and strength, to improve assessment, diagnosis and treatment of neck injuries such as whiplash.

Tenderithm – Dave Thomson – Mahone Bay
Amount: $25,000
Tenderithm’s software helps companies win new business more efficiently and affordably through its tender alert service.

Medivirtual Consultation – Ken Buchholz, Jennifer Murdoch – Annapolis Royal
Amount: $15,000
Medivirtual offers a suite of tools for healthcare providers and virtual teams to build capacity and improve accessibility of healthcare services.

Innovacorp and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) are each contributing $100,000 towards the awards. The Government of Canada is providing the non-repayable contribution through ACOA's Business Development Program.

Read the release announcing the winners.

Wolfville, Nova Scotia, November 16, 2016