It's not who you know. It's what you're making.
Additional Edmonton-based startups will demo at FACTORY Party and in the Main Hall of Inventures 2019
Growing Greener Innovations, a clean energy provider that creates a lightweight, emission-free, battery-powered generator called the Grengine, won in the category of Building Smarter Cities, while student-founded Hempact and EduEats won first and second place, respectively, in the Student Pitch Competition.
In its second year, Inventures took place June 5-7 at the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary. The global innovation conference brought the brightest minds in emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, IoT, med tech and blockchain.
Pitch submissions for Inventures international pitch competition were accepted in six categories: Building Smarter Cities, Blockchain Breakthroughs, Integrating the Artificial Mind, Feeding a Hungry Planet, Health Systems for a Global Village and Greening a Blue Planet.
Six Edmonton companies pitched their innovative solutions to investors at Inventures: ez enRoute, Ripple Energy Studio, PolypDx, MDIIO, Hölmertrics and Growing Greener Innovations. Finalists were selected from more than 230 submissions from around the world.
Run by Bow Valley College’s entrepreneur-in-residence, Craig Elias, the Student Pitch Competition received submissions from as far as Pakistan and India. While there wasn't a cash prize for this competition, the top two from each of the three preliminary rounds (six in total) went on to pitch to early-stage investors in the finals.
Three Edmonton student companies had this opportunity: Hempact, a University of Alberta social entrepreneurship project that creates biodegradable feminine hygiene products using hemp fibres; EduEats, an on-campus food delivery/pick up app, founded by NAIT student Arth Soni; and Inception VR, an end-to-end virtual and augmented reality solutions provider, run by NAIT grad Kyle Gagnon.
Competition winner, Hempact, travelled to Banff to pitch again at the In the Trenches Summit held June 7-8.