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Vitameter

3rd Place

2016

There are a lot of people who don’t believe in you and don’t think that you can do it. But you only need a few people who do believe [in you].

Now, we’re preparing to recruit people for some beta testing, so we’re recreating our product. We’re preparing for product lunch and regulatory too.

Since the QEC, we’ve received some investments and expanded our network not just in Ontario, but down in the US, and now we’re opening an office in San Francisco. We’re really growing the team and moving forward, and making sure we’re always accelerating in our progress.

We’re adding two new people to the team next month, and we’ve hired one more this month. That’s really important – adding people to your team to move faster and grow the business.

- James Maclean, Co-Founder of Vitameter

Quorum

1st Place

2015

Quorum is a online legislative strategy platform that uses big data to identify potential supporters by processing and displaying 800 million points of data about the U.S. Congress.

Featuring quantitative statistics and interactive visualizations for every member, bill, vote, committee, and congressional district.

Quorum provides a new layer of depth into how government relations professionals see, strategize, and explain Congress.

Mitigating Advertizing Abuse

2nd Place

2015

The explosive growth in browser-apps for ad-blocking, flash-blocking, script-blocking, and anti-tracking is costing publishers between 10 and 20 percent of potential advertising revenues.

Our mission is to protect the free internet by providing creatives, content producers, and publishers with the means to combat advertising abuse.

We are developing software that enables publishers to: 1. Track ad-block users that are ‘invisible’ to conventional tracking methods, and 2. Recover ad-impressions by overriding ad-abuse software using our proprietary technology.

There are a lot of people who don’t believe in you and don’t think that you can do it. But you only need a few people who do believe [in you].

Now, we’re preparing to recruit people for some beta testing, so we’re recreating our product. We’re preparing for product lunch and regulatory too.

Since the QEC, we’ve received some investments and expanded our network not just in Ontario, but down in the US, and now we’re opening an office in San Francisco. We’re really growing the team and moving forward, and making sure we’re always accelerating in our progress.

We’re adding two new people to the team next month, and we’ve hired one more this month. That’s really important – adding people to your team to move faster and grow the business.

- James Maclean, Co-Founder of Vitameter

Quorum is a online legislative strategy platform that uses big data to identify potential supporters by processing and displaying 800 million points of data about the U.S. Congress.

Featuring quantitative statistics and interactive visualizations for every member, bill, vote, committee, and congressional district.

Quorum provides a new layer of depth into how government relations professionals see, strategize, and explain Congress.

The explosive growth in browser-apps for ad-blocking, flash-blocking, script-blocking, and anti-tracking is costing publishers between 10 and 20 percent of potential advertising revenues.

Our mission is to protect the free internet by providing creatives, content producers, and publishers with the means to combat advertising abuse.

We are developing software that enables publishers to: 1. Track ad-block users that are ‘invisible’ to conventional tracking methods, and 2. Recover ad-impressions by overriding ad-abuse software using our proprietary technology.

SparkGig

3rd Place

2015

On SparkGig, anyone organizing a corporate event, private party or wedding can effortlessly find the perfect entertainment.

Event hosts can make informed decisions by browsing performers’ personalized portfolios that features valuable feedback, media from past events and an introductory video.

By the same token, performers can connect with event hosts, ultimately gaining additional exposure and credibility.

Performers can also build their own communities, interact with supporters and collaborate with other performers. Most importantly, customers have the option to donate a portion of their fees, with company’s yearly portion, to support social causes.

FREDsense Technologies

1st Place

2014

It has been an exciting year for FREDsense Technologies. After winning the QEC last January, we went on to win a few other competitions in Canada including the Nicol Entrepreneurial Award and the Energy New Venture Competition.

With our competition winnings, we were able to rent lab space in Calgary and buy the necessary equipment to get our research and development up and running.

We now have a functional lab space as well a technical employee who works full time in the lab. We have a second employee starting in January which is very exciting.

In September we filed full patents on our technology and we are now busy working on developing a functioning prototype. We also received some grant funding this year to work with a company in Calgary on market validation.

In the coming months, we will be kicking off a crowd-funding campaign to help us get to market.

-Emily Hicks, Co-founder of FREDsense Technologies

Voltera

2nd Place

2014

As a research based start-up, we’ve had a long and difficult journey but are incredibly excited about where we’ve been able to bring Voltera over the past year and a half.

We’re electrical engineers building tools for other electrical engineers, but QEC made us realize that anyone could not only understand our product, but also understand the potential it has for changing the technologies we all use everyday.

The first half of 2014 was spent in R&D… developing the chemistry, iterating the product, and engaging with customers. In July, we moved to Shenzhen, China as part of a hardware start-up accelerator program.

For almost 4 months we focused on new challenges like supply chain, manufacturing, and shipping. We’ve never hid from big problems before and these were amongst the most interesting we’ve ever tackled.

We’re launching the product very soon and we know 2015 is going to be huge!

-Alroy Almeida, Co-founder of Voltera

Update: Since placing second at the Queen’s Entrepreneur’s Competition, Voltera went on to host a booth at the Consumer Electronics Show. In addition to meeting hundreds, if not thousands, of people interested in their product Voltera won TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield competition at CES. They left with $50,000 of prize money to continue supporting their business venture.

On SparkGig, anyone organizing a corporate event, private party or wedding can effortlessly find the perfect entertainment.

Event hosts can make informed decisions by browsing performers’ personalized portfolios that features valuable feedback, media from past events and an introductory video.

By the same token, performers can connect with event hosts, ultimately gaining additional exposure and credibility.

Performers can also build their own communities, interact with supporters and collaborate with other performers. Most importantly, customers have the option to donate a portion of their fees, with company’s yearly portion, to support social causes.

It has been an exciting year for FREDsense Technologies. After winning the QEC last January, we went on to win a few other competitions in Canada including the Nicol Entrepreneurial Award and the Energy New Venture Competition.

With our competition winnings, we were able to rent lab space in Calgary and buy the necessary equipment to get our research and development up and running.

We now have a functional lab space as well a technical employee who works full time in the lab. We have a second employee starting in January which is very exciting.

In September we filed full patents on our technology and we are now busy working on developing a functioning prototype. We also received some grant funding this year to work with a company in Calgary on market validation.

In the coming months, we will be kicking off a crowd-funding campaign to help us get to market.

-Emily Hicks, Co-founder of FREDsense Technologies

As a research based start-up, we’ve had a long and difficult journey but are incredibly excited about where we’ve been able to bring Voltera over the past year and a half.

We’re electrical engineers building tools for other electrical engineers, but QEC made us realize that anyone could not only understand our product, but also understand the potential it has for changing the technologies we all use everyday.

The first half of 2014 was spent in R&D… developing the chemistry, iterating the product, and engaging with customers. In July, we moved to Shenzhen, China as part of a hardware start-up accelerator program.

For almost 4 months we focused on new challenges like supply chain, manufacturing, and shipping. We’ve never hid from big problems before and these were amongst the most interesting we’ve ever tackled.

We’re launching the product very soon and we know 2015 is going to be huge!

-Alroy Almeida, Co-founder of Voltera

Update: Since placing second at the Queen’s Entrepreneur’s Competition, Voltera went on to host a booth at the Consumer Electronics Show. In addition to meeting hundreds, if not thousands, of people interested in their product Voltera won TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield competition at CES. They left with $50,000 of prize money to continue supporting their business venture.

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