Eight new technology companies in Cape Breton have been named winners in the fall 2014 Spark Cape Breton competition.

A total of $200,000 in cash will be awarded to the following ‎companies:

Chatsubo Heavy Industries – Kaleb DeLeskie – Sydney
Amount:  $45,000
The Chatsubo Packet Monster is an internet security device that will allow real-time collection and storage of internet traffic. In the event of a security breach, the device allows easy analysis of the stored data to recreate traffic flows to determine the attack’s cause and impact.

Lokol.me – Richard Lorway & Mathew Georghiou – Sydney
Amount:  $50,000
Lokol.me is creating a technology platform that will enable publishing of hyperlocal news and information websites for communities around the world.

Prevail Innovations Inc. – Robert MacKenzie – Sydney
Amount:  $10,000
Prevail Innovations is developing a smartphone and tablet app that enhances the efficiency and accuracy of dictation on mobile devices to help increase use and decrease frustration.

Rent Buddy – Matthew McKay – Sydney Forks
Amount:  $5,000
Rent Buddy is a website that allows property managers to easily create profiles of their properties to speed up the listing process and allows prospective tenants to easily search for properties that meet their rental criteria. 

Social Response Marketing – Joe Ward – Sydney
Amount:  $10,000
Social Response Marketing enables small businesses to improve their digital marketing with an automated web tool to create, schedule and publish updates for Facebook and Twitter.

SONA Nanotech Ltd. – Dr. Gerrard Marangoni & Dr. Kulbir Singh – Sydney
Amount:  $50,000
SONA has developed a new method of producing gold nanorods that can be used in a variety of applications, including in-vivo health care applications like the photothermal treatment of soft tissue cancer.

TACKK Mobile Health Solutions – Christopher Walker & Athanasius Sylliboy – New Waterford
Amount:  $25,000
FootChek is a software application that provides health care consumers and clinicians with a real-time, interactive foot-monitoring device to help reduce the incidence of diabetic foot ulcers.

UpTime.Management  – D. Darren MacDonald – Sydney
Amount:  $5,000
UpTime.Management allows organizations to enhance the health of their employees though real-time knowledge of work-absence trends, analytics, coaching and performance management.   

Funds awarded are to be used to support the completion of prototypes or preparation for taking the product or service to market.‎ In addition to the funding, winners will receive mentoring from seasoned business people through Cape Breton’s new MENTOR CONNECT program.

Spark Cape Breton is a competition to find and support high potential, early stage technology companies, and encourage entrepreneurial activity in the region.‎ It is presented by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and Innovacorp.

Entrants must be a start-up venture based in Cape Breton or the Mulgrave area. They must have a new knowledge-based product or service with zero sales revenue since inception.

Launched in September 2014, the second edition of the Spark competition attracted 28 submissions by October’s deadline. Eight companies were invited to pitch their ventures to judges in early December. The shortlisted companies also participated ‎in several start-up training sessions in recent weeks, including workshops on how to make a pitch, the lean-canvas approach for building a business plan, as well as financial accounting specific to their business.

An eight-person judging committee selected the winners after evaluating the quality of the idea, the strength of the management team, and the clarity and persuasiveness of the written and oral presentation. Ultimately, entries were judged on which had the highest probability of entering the market in a competitively sustainable fashion and on commercial potential.

Details about Spark Cape Breton can be found at WWW.INNOVACORP.CA/SPARK.

For more information, please contact:

Bob Pelley
T 902.564.2951 or 800.565.7051 ext. 1300
M 902.577.2689

Sydney, Nova Scotia, December 15, 2014