The following companies have been selected as the Zone 4 winners in the I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition.

Zone 4 winners

First place winner

Skillz Systems – Paul Behner, Tim Burke, Dean Dachyshyn, Stephen Hankinson – Halifax is developing a patent pending, fun and interactive game designed to improve hockey players’ stick handling skills. The product integrates advanced sensor technology and data analysis tools into an engaging, physically-interactive video game that motivates players to practice their skills while using proper techniques. Skillz Systems will target both home and commercial markets, such as hockey schools and team training centres. Through internet-based network gaming, players can compete head-to-head, purchase new Skillz modules, and view performance statistics.

Second place winner

EcoGenomics – Sina Adl, Jason Hofman, Daryl Lingley, Glen Munroe – Halifax is designing DNA chips tailored for environmental restoration and agricultural management. The DNA chips will enable pre-emptive pathogen detection, and the development of sustainable land management solutions critical to cleaning contaminated sites and the reclamation of mine sites. By using EcoGenomics’ platform technology, soil tests can be dramatically shortened from several weeks to a couple of days. EcoGenomics will market its products to testing laboratories and environmental remediation companies.

Zone 4 winners will receive support and services in the form of expertise from the following I-3 competition partners:

Legal Partner

Accounting Partner

Marketing Partner

Human Resources Partner

Consulting Partner

Consulting Partner

Consulting Partner


If you have any questions or require more information about the I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition contact:

Shelley Hessian
I-3 Project Manager
ext. 1123