Eleos Robotics enters contract to receive investment of $165,000


Eleos Robotics enters contract to receive investment of $165,000

 

The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is a not-for-profit organization governed by a select group of technology executives that form a volunteer board of directors. SRCTec is a coalition of local government, industry partners and high education institutions interested in attracting tech based investment into the “Region” (including the District of Mission, City of Abbotsford, City of Chilliwack, District of Maple Ridge and the Township of Langley).

 

Mission, BC, June 21, 2017 – Eleos Robotics, one of SRCTec’s latest start-ups, has signed a contract to receive an investment of $165,000 and they have recently received their first $35,000 of this investment. Eleos Robotics designs, engineers and integrates advanced robotics and artificial intelligence technologies to “create high-tech solutions to low-tech problems.” Their vision is to one day see hundreds of thousands of acres of crops chemical free because of Culture Bot, the automated pest management system and “the future of pest management”.

For growers who need to lower their crop protection expenses, Culture Bot technology reduces labour and pesticide spraying costs significantly. Unlike integrated pest management, Culture Bot is fully automated and unlike pesticides, it’s 100% sustainable.

Learn more about Culture Bot here: eleosrobotics.com

“We have a task force of engineers led by the founders: myself, Elisabeth Van Essen, and Emanuel Pop. We have been doing the technology planning and Ai research up to this point because of the lack of funds for robotics equipment” noted Yahoel Van Essen, co-founder of Eleos Robotics.

Eleos Robotics has experienced a seed round of funding from a prominent NBA player. They raised approximately $170,000, and most of that is going towards technology development and launch preparations. Having some cash of their own also makes them “less risky” for government funders, increasing their odds of getting a grant.

“The SRCTec team is very excited for the future of Eleos Robotics and we’re looking forward to continuing to help them grow their company. Start-ups like Eleos Robotics that have a unique idea, a clear vision and the drive to build a successful company are becoming increasingly common in the “Region” and it gives some insight into what the future holds for the tech sector in the Fraser Valley.” noted Raymond Szabada, CEO, SRCTec.

 

Contact:

Erik DiGuistini
Marketing and Communications Assistant
ediguistini@srctec.org
(604) 768-6052

Market Validation Cohort April 2017

Market Validation Cohort April 2017

Congratulations to the SRCTec ventures in the April 2017 cohort for graduating from the Market Validation Training as part of the Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) and Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program (AVAP).

 

Below are post-graduation photos taken at the SRCTec office in Mission.

 

(Yahoel Van Essen, co-founder and CEO of Eleos Robotics)

(Ramin Ghodsi, Director of Picker Drones)

(Raymond Kobes: Co-Founder of Maple Force Tech and member of the winning team at the 2017  Chilliwack Hackathon)

Fusion Genomics

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(Akmal Jameel, CFO of Fusion Genomics)

 

For more info on these ventures, visit their respective websites below:

 

Contact:

Erik DiGuistini
Marketing and Communications Assistant
ediguistini@srctec.org
(604) 768-6052

SRCTec Pursuing Resources and Consumers in China


Agriculture Technology Driving Force in Establishing LOI Between SRCTec and Istuary Idea Labs


Access to China’s Agriculture Technology Industry Offers BC Companies Opportunity to Drive Further Growth in Canada and China

Vancouver, BC, April 18, 2017 – Istuary Idea Labs and the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) recently signed a Letter of Intent to provide BC tech companies with education, resources and a network to tap into China, most notably in one of the largest agricultural markets in the world. Vancouver-based Istuary Idea Labs views Fraser Valley as a prime testing ground for agri-tech, a $12 billion industry that could not have survived without technology but one that can certainly expand further in China. Businesses that are beginning the commercialization phase and have some of the most promising technology in agri-tech make business sense for SRCTec and Istuary Idea Labs to collaborate.

Michael Liu, VP of Istuary Idea Labs, stated, “We are very excited to work with SRCTec in assisting Fraser Valley technology companies with the ability to access and commercialize in global markets. By connecting promising technologies to our resources in China, we create new opportunities and synergies that wouldn’t have been available to start-up companies. Thus partnering with SRCTec fits perfectly into our vision of cultivating innovation and launching businesses into expanding markets.

The collaboration is a significant boost to Istuary Idea Labs as SRCTec already facilitates innovation and entrepreneurial ventures in the Fraser Valley in the form of partnerships throughout the province. With agri-tech as a new source of innovation, Istuary Idea Labs offers strategic access to one of the biggest agricultural markets in the world and in great demand of agricultural technology: China.

Raymond Szabada, Founder and Chairman of the Board of SRCTec, says “Istuary is a knowledgeable partner that can provide valuable advice and direct introductions to Fraser Valley tech companies to take advantage of resources and markets in China. Access to manufacturing plants in China will allow local startups to build and test prototypes with teams that are highly experienced in moving towards commercialization. There are vast opportunities to create business partnerships to share knowledge of market needs in Asia and North America, as well as joint ventures to share and enhance technologies. We’re very excited about the benefits awaiting Tech companies in our Programs through this partnership with Istuary”

About Istuary Innovation Group

Istuary Innovation Group is a Canadian technology company with a mission to connect local technology to global markets through glocalization for sustainable innovation. Istuary focuses on identifying and filling technology gaps in foreign markets by leveraging Canada’s world class design and engineering talent. Operating in 3 countries, 30 cities, and employing over 1500 employees worldwide, go to www.istuary.com for more information.

 

About SRCTec

SRCTec is a not-for-profit organization based in Mission B.C. dedicated to facilitating innovation and entrepreneurial ventures in the Fraser Valley.  It has formed numerous partnerships throughout the province to connect local tech companies with funding, advice, training, and other business and marketing services.

 

Contact:

Erik DiGuistini

Marketing and Communications Assistant

ediguistini@srctec.org

(604) 768-6052

Nutriva Set to Break Ground on Their New HydroGreen Process


Nutriva Set to Break Ground on Their New HydroGreen Process

 

Nutriva Group has announced that they will begin using the HydroGreen system in June/July of 2017, with installation beginning on April 10th, 2017. The HydroGreen system is being installed on Nutriva’s demonstration farm, Bakerview EcoDairy in Abbotsford BC, and the company expects this to be the pilot site for HydroGreen in Canada as it’s the first HydroGreen system in the country. Bakerview EcoDairy will also be the site for research trials feeding sprouted grass to dairy and beef cattle and free-range layer hens. Bill Vanderkooi, CEO of Nutriva Group, estimates that the total cost of the installation will be in excess of $1,000,000 and assist farmers to raise local grass fed beef in an economical and sustainable way.

 

HydroGreen

The HydroHGGreen system is a new approach to hydroponically-grown sprouted grass. Grown without the need for soil medium, without pesticides, and with minimal labour, HydroGreen sprouted grass can be produced year-round in a building as small as 800 square feet and producing the equivalent to 20 acres of forage from traditional production methods. The HydroGreen system is fully automated from seed to harvest, uses LED lighting with minimal water consumption, while being extremely energy efficient (can run on a 12v car battery in a power outage).

 

Please click on the following link to learn more about the HydroGreen System

HydroGreen Video

 

Photo: Construction of the HydroGreen Facility at Bakerview EcoDairy

 

 

Market Validation Cohort March 2017

 


SRCTec is pleased to announce the graduation of Flex Alert Company and NovoBind Livestock Therapeutics from the Market Validation Cohort, March 2017, as part of the Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program (AVAP).

 

Photo: Market Validation Cohort March 2017 Graduates

From left to right: Mike Manion, Jacek Chrostowski (Flex Alert Company), Hamlet Abnousi (Novobind Livestock Therapeutics), Peter Briscoe

 

About Flex Alert Company:

Flex Alert Company Ltd. is a technology company based in Ottawa and Vancouver, Canada with operations in The Hague, the Netherlands and East Africa. Its mission is to develop low cost wireless biosensors for detecting pathogens in food grains, perishable fruits, and during wine production to be used with our mobile networks. Most of our current focus is on local precision agriculture reducing human intervention in the field, through developing and implementing infrastructure based on wireless Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

About Novobind Livestock Therapeutics:

NovoBind Livestock Therapeutics is an agriculture biotechnology company developing cost-neutral feed additives that function as alternatives to antibiotics. Their products specifically target and eliminate individual food-borne pathogens like Salmonella from livestock.

 

Click here for more information on the Agri-Tech Venture Acceleration Program (AVAP)

Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. Closes $1M Seed Financing to Launch Commercialization


Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. Closes $1M Seed Financing to Launch Commercialization

 

Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc. recently announced the completion of a successful Seed financing. The financing was initiated in November 2016 and closed on March 16, 2017. The Seed financing raised $1 Million and was significantly over-subscribed. Angel investors from North America and the European Union participated including investors from the Creative Destruction Lab and the Vancouver Angel Forum. Many of their investors are entrepreneurs with highly successful company ventures in information technology, artificial intelligence, banking and agriculture who have validated our AI technology and business plan through extensive diligence.

Dr. Saber Miresmailli, CEO and founder of Ecoation Innovative Solutions stated that “we are very excited to have completed our Seed financing with such an experienced and successful group of investors. We look forward to engaging their knowledge and experience as the company transitions from product development to paid field trials and subscription sales of our novel crop health monitoring and prediction system.”

Funds will be used to launch commercial sales starting with greenhouse growers in North America in 2017 and then expanding to Europe and Asia. Key activities include building a world class field services team who will support the implementation and operation of the EIS crop health system. Funds will also be used to expand sales, marketing and intellectual property.

 

For more information, click the following link to visit their website: http://crop-sense.com/

 

 

 

SRCTec Clients Win Two of Four Agritech Innovation Challenge Awards


SRCTec Clients Win Two of Four Agritech Innovation Challenge Awards

MISSION – The Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) is proving to be fertile ground for innovation in the agricultural technology sector. Two of the four Agritech Innovation Challenge awards recently announced at the #BCTECH Summit went to graduates of SRCTec’s AG-Tech Venture Acceleration Program.

Ecoation Innovative Solutions (crop-sense.com) won the award for Pest Management and Loss Reduction, and Boost Environmental Systems (boost-enviro.ca) won the award for Nutrient Management. Each company will receive $20,000 to further develop solutions to agricultural challenges in BC.

Raymond Szabada, Founder and Chairman of the Board of SRCTec, says “the awards are a demonstration of the organization’s positive impact. Finding local solutions to local problems through applied technology is what we’re all about. By assisting such ag-tech startup companies, we’re helping to improve the entire agricultural sector; bringing new jobs, new resources, and new economic growth to BC,” says Szabada.

SRCTec is a not-for-profit organization based in Mission, dedicated to facilitating innovation and entrepreneurial ventures BC wide, since inception of the program in early 2015, SRCTec has now supported more than 30 ventures with validating their respective technologies, training and on-going mentorship.

For more information about SRCTec, please visit www.SRCTec.org

Contact:

Mike Manion

Manager, AG-Tech Venture Acceleration

mmanion@srctec.org

(778) 837-3809

Chilliwack’s First Hackathon Proves to be a Huge Success

 


Chilliwack’s First Hackathon Proves to be a Huge Success

Event Date: March 24th & 25th, 2017

Sixteen participants registered for the “build a tech company in 24-hours” event, and 12 of the 16 completed the process. Four teams pitched and demoed their new tech companies to three judges: Jason Lum from Myriad ITS; Raymond Szabada from SRCTec; and Fieny van den Boom from the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce.

The winning team, Let’s Play Team, was awarded to Gilbert Comeau, Raymond Kobes, Joy Penner, and Coulter Peterson. Let’s Play Team is for managers of pickup-leagues, such as recreational hockey, who need a simple way to manage who is playing and collect payments to cover the facility rental.

An honorable mention was awarded to the PetBNB team, with Thomas Alain, Rishab Manocha, Sam Wolfe, Janshar Teja, and Trevor Yong. PetBNB helps people find pet sitters, a bed and bath, in their area that they can leave their pets with.

The event was organized by the http://Chilliwack.Tech community group, part of the Chilliwack Innovation Network. Supporters of this initiative included the University of the Fraser Valley’s EPIIC program (Entrepreneurship and Process Innovation Centre), UFV’s Computing Student Association, SRCTec (Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech), Community Futures South Fraser, Chilliwack Economic Partners, and the Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce.

Taking place at the Downtown Business Centre, participants started with a networking session late Friday afternoon to get to know each other, then received a one hour education session that introduced how to use three common tools to validate new business ideas. Those who showed up with existing teams and/or ideas gave a quick pitch to attract additional team members, which resulted in three teams to start, which later morphed into four teams. Those teams worked on both the business plan and the technology for 20 hours, iterating and “pivoting” as needed. The PetBNB team did a completed 180, pivoting to the final idea overnight, putting a time crunch on getting ready for the pitch and demo that started at 3PM Saturday.

All teams also received two two-hour mentorship sessions along the way. One session early Friday evening to help validate the ideas, and another Saturday morning to help ensure they would be ready for the pitches and demos. The mentors where Wim Kerkhoff from Kerkhoff Technologies Inc., Dave Leger from Loop Energy Inc., Tim McAlpine from Currency Marketing, and Colin Schmidt from Cnawlece Incorporated.

The winning team, Let’s Play Team, was awarded their costs of incorporation sponsored by Chilliwack Economic Partners, Community Futures South Fraser, and Patten Thornton law firm. They are also awarded six months of office space at the Downtown Business Centre.

All three judges were impressed with the quality of what the teams presented, and spoke to the entire group after the judging was done. Szabada commented that “I felt it was a solid cause for donating my time …well done”. The feedback from participants, judges, and sponsors clearly indicated that this should become an annual event for Chilliwack.

Any questions about this event, or the Chilliwack.Tech community in general, can be directed to Colin Schmidt at colin.schmidt@cnawlece.com 

Pictures of the event can be found here:

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/timmcalpine/33521552351/

CoderDojo: Help us Help Kids Learn to Code


    

CoderDojo: Help us Help Kids Learn to Code

SRCTec has partnered with another local non-profit – Mission Literacy in Motion – to deliver a free STEM program in Mission. The program is called CoderDojo, the first session ran in the fall of 2016 and was very popular. The program is targeted at children ages 7-11 and gives them exposure to, and challenges in coding. The program is going to start again in February 2017, but the program faces a couple challenges in delivering new sessions.

The first challenge is:

  • a lack of hardware

During the first session we used borrowed laptops, and this limited the number of participants. Due to the popularity of this FREE program, we aren’t able to take in as many new kids without
additional hardware. The hardware required has limited requirements:

  • a browser and a text editor – so any laptop will do

The second challenge is:

  • volunteer mentors

CoderDojo is a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. In order to deliver on the CoderDojo movement and philosophy, in Mission, mentors are the key to our success. The program coordinator is responsible for:

  • community support/networking
  • registration

The program facilitator is responsible for:

  • developing a lesson plan
  • delivering the lectures/lessons

The mentors provide:

  • guidance in learning some coding fundamentals
  • programming support
  • answering questions from curious youngsters

It is important to note – you don’t need to be a programmer to be a mentor. If you are technologically proficient with computers and have a logical mind and a desire to contribute to a worthwhile effort in tech education – please let us know.

We’re reaching out to the tech community and the community at large to raise support and money needed to create 12 new seats for kids to take the program as well as some funding to support ongoing program delivery. It is facilitated by volunteers and will be difficult to sustain without future funding. The magnitude of support needed is not large:

12 new workstations – developed and deployed by SRCTec’s volunteers will cost $3,600 total. And the program only costs just over $2,000 per 8 week session to run. Our goal is to get enough funding to run the program for several sessions – the estimated total is: $9,600.

We are reaching out for donations in the form of:

  • monetary donations
  • laptop donations
  • or other ways that the tech community can get behind the kids in this really innovative and worthwhile program

This is a great opportunity for you to add your name alongside some other really great people and organizations that are doing amazing things for the development of the technology community in
Mission. It is a small and simple program, but you should see the look of the kids when they get their first code program to run!

You can support us at our crowdfunding page here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/missionliteracy-association/

All questions should be directed to Mission Literacy in Motion or SRCTec at the contact info below.

SRCTec
Rocky Blondin – Coder Dojo Campaign Lead
rblondin@srctec.org

Mission Literacy in Motion
Candie Thorne – Community Literacy Outreach Coordinator
cloc@literacyinmission.org

High-Tech Hackathon


High-Tech Hackathon

Downtown Business Centre at 9240 Young Road from Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. until Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Chilliwack, BC – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be part of a high-tech start-up? How do you test ideas, prototype technology, get buy-in, and start a company? What resources and support systems are available for high-tech start-up companies operating in the Fraser Valley?

The Chilliwack.Tech Hackathon is the place to not only learn, but experience all of this in a highly compressed 24 hour period.

This event is specifically targeting business and high-tech college and university students in the Fraser Valley, but is open to anyone over the age of 18 who would like to get involved.

If you don’t have a business idea, no problem! The event will start by playing match-maker between people and teams, and teams and business ideas. If you have an idea you want to explore, bring it to the table!

Although each team will be able to follow their own path, they will be given a recommended process to follow. This process is based on the first parts of the BC Innovation Council (BCIC) Market Validation Program, run by the Sumas Regional Consortium for High Tech (SRCTec) and other venture accelerators in BC.

There will also be a panel of experienced entrepreneurs, business development experts, and technical experts to help you throughout the event. Each team will be given a certain number of mentorship credits and can choose how they spend those credits among the available experts.

Three all-star judges (Jason Lum, Brenda Dehn and Raymond Szabada), each with a different business and industry background, have been selected to apply the published judging criteria to each team.

The first place team will receive over $1,000 in prizes to help them get their winning start-up off the ground. Incorporation costs, office space, meeting rooms, and mentorship are all included.

Registration is open until March 22, 2017. Registration cost is $10 and includes refreshments throughout the event. You may bring your own meals or order them in.

The event will take place at the Downtown Business Centre at 9240 Young Road from Friday, March 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. until Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

To register, please visit http://chilliwack.tech/Hackathon.

The Chilliwack.Tech website and monthly meetup exist to set and maintain the beat of the local tech start-up community. We facilitate inter-organization collaboration, and can act as a first point of contact feeding people into larger programs at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), SRCTec, ACETECH, etc.

We are part of the Chilliwack Innovation Network, in partnership with UFV EPIIC, SRCTec, ACETECH, Community Futures South Fraser, and Chilliwack Economic Partners, and are hosted by Cnawlece.

Contacts:

Colin Schmidt
Cnawlece
1-888-792-1117
info@cnawlece.com

Brian Coombes
President, Chilliwack Economic Partners Corporation
604-792-7839
coombes@chilliwackpartners.com