BLUE SOLUTIONS START-UP CHALLENGE (2017 ROUND ONE WINNERS)

Award Highlights:  $10,000, acceleration workshops and guidance from seasoned business people
Note:  The companies below will pitch their prototypes and business concepts to judges, vying for up to $50,000.

Blue Ocean Gear – Kortney Opshaug – Redwood City, California – blueoceangear.com
Smart fishing technology that enhances trap retrieval and enables sustainable practices.

Copsys Industries Inc. – Farzad Hashemi – Halifax
Corrosion management technology that protects assets and reduces maintenance.

Graphite Innovation and Technologies – Mo AlGermozi, Marciel Gaier – Halifax – grapheneenterprise.ca
Graphene-related products customized for specific applications and technologies, such as underwater vessels.

NovaSpectrum Analytics Inc. – Lawrence Taylor – Dartmouth
Lobster management software leveraging automated seafood processing, vision technology and operational data.

Ocean Executive – Mike Budreski – Halifax – oceanexecutive.com
Sales and procurement platform for the B2B seafood industry, with a focus on seafood sustainability.

Pelagis Data Solutions Inc. – Glenn Laughlin – Sydney
Resource management software and analytics platform that enables the transformation of ocean food producers into data-driven enterprises.

Rovault – Ehsan Lavasani, Jonathan Reyes – Halifax
Fish processing systems that use vision and machine learning technologies to identify potential efficiencies.

Ocean Technology Research – Calder Robinson, David Barclay – Halifax
Integrated trap system that uses cost-effective technologies to reduce the frequency of checking lobster traps.

ReconOcea – Ulaş Gunturkun – Halifax
Underwater acoustic communications systems enabling wireless communications over long distances.

OCEANTECH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Award Highlights:  $20,000, acceleration workshops and guidance from seasoned business people

Enginuity – Alastair Trower, Ben Garvey – Halifax – enginuityinc.ca
Rapid connector technology for permanent mooring installations in dynamic and harsh environments.

Glas Ocean Electric Inc. – Sue Molloy, Craig Chandler – Halifax – glasoceanelectric.com
Diesel to electric boat conversion, using stored energy from the boats to power coastal communities.

Jetasonic Technologies Inc. – Alex Ivanov – Halifax – jetasonic.com
Sonar for a wide range of applications, including high-resolution bottom mapping, search and rescue, and marine navigation.

Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. – Bill Spencer – Dartmouth – krakenrobotics.com
Autonomous underwater vehicle equipped with a suite of sensors and observing systems.

LeeWay Marine – Jamie Sangster – Halifax – leewaymarine.ca
Support systems for high speed operation, launch, recovery and recharging of autonomous subsurface vehicles.

Navita Digital Inc. – Scott Samson, Louisbourg Seafoods, VMP Group – North Sydney
Real-time 3D visualization simulations to improve harvesting techniques.

NovaSpectrum Analytics Inc. – Lawrence Taylor – Dartmouth
Lobster management software that leverages automated seafood processing, vision technology and operational data.

RDA Atlantic Inc. – Don Leblanc, Eric Sharp – Halifax
Intelligent mooring buoy to improve experiences for leisure boating.

Turbulent Research – Chris Loadman – Beechville – turbulentresearch.com
Underwater sound collecting and processing products to minimize downtime for offshore oil and gas explorers.

DEMO AT SEA Program

Award Highlights:  Opportunity to demonstrate pre-commercial ocean technologies in a real-life setting (the ocean)

GeoForce Group Ltd. – Graham Standen – Dartmouth – geoforcegroup.com
Deepsea survey equipment for the geophysical and oceanographic industries.

DMR Boat Design Ltd. – Philip Slaunwhite and Susan Slaunwhite – Terence Bay
Marine hull and propulsion design that increases performance and stability for rigid inflatable search and rescue vehicles.

EARLY ADOPTER PROGRAM

Award Highlights:  $20,000 towards the first deployment and testing of a product with an early adopter customer

Enginuity – Alastair Trower, Ben Garvey – Halifax – enginuityinc.ca
Rapid connector technology for permanent mooring installations in dynamic and harsh environments.

Ocean Executive – Mike Budreski – Halifax – oceanexecutive.com
Sales and procurement platform for the B2B seafood industry, with a focus on seafood sustainability.

Swell Advantage – Iaian Archibald – Halifax – swelladvantage.com
Automated operations support and advanced analytics for marinas, boat clubs and waterfronts.

Turbulent Research – Chris Loadman – Beechville – turbulentresearch.com
Underwater sound collecting and processing products to minimize downtime for offshore oil and gas explorers.

CLEANTECH ACCELERATE PROGRAM

Award Highlights:  Up to $50,000, acceleration activities, incubation space and business guidance

BioPolyOil – Mostafa Aghaei, Alma Zangeneh, Arian Shahnazari – Bible Hill
Agri-based technology for applications in the oil and gas industry.

Oceland Biologicals – Balakrishnan Prithiviraj – Bible Hill
Plant biostimulants that improve the growth, yield and resilience of crops to increase farmers’ incomes.

Finleaf Technologies – Myrna Gillis – Brooklyn – aqualitas.ca/finleaf-technologies/
Aquaponics system that enables the delivery of supplemental nutrients to flowering plants.

Nexus Robotics – Teric Greenan, Jad Tawil, Thomas Trappenberg – Barss Corner
Autonomous farming robot that navigates its environment and performs agricultural tasks.

SURU – Michael Uhlarik – Hubbards – ridesuru.com
Zero-emission, electric-powered bicycles that let users travel 50 km without fuel or pedalling.

Graphite Innovation and Technologies – Mo AlGermozi, Marciel Gaier – Halifax – grapheneenterprise.ca
Graphene-related products customized for specific applications and technologies, such as underwater vessels.

Green Power Labs – Alexandre Pavlovski – Halifax – greenpowerlabs.com
Building energy management systems that use local predictions for weather, solar irradiance and energy demands.