Richmond-based Volta Air, which develops electric and zero-emission transport refrigeration units for delivery use, received the grand prize of $110,000 at the Innovate BC-New Ventures Competition.
The competition saw 10 finalists pitching for the chance to win a total of $275,000 in prizes.
The competition saw 10 finalists pitching for the chance to win a total of $275,000 in prizes. Nelson’s Cyberdontics, which develops technology that automates shaping teeth to accept dental crowns, received the second-place $60,000 prize package. Vancouver’s Medimap, which allows users to check wait times for local walk-in clinics, received the $35,000 prize package.
“Congratulations to all of the award winners and nominees. Every year, the Innovate BC-New Ventures Competition showcases the best and brightest new startups in BC,” said Bruce Ralston, BC’s Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology. “This year, the tradition continued with an impressive list of competition graduates who are on the pathway to bringing their ideas to the next level and further elevating BC as a leader in innovation.”
The Innovate BC-New Ventures Competition also awards industry-specific packages, recognizing startups for their commitment to innovation in specific sectors and markets. The winners are:
“We are extremely excited to be celebrating our 10th year as title sponsor of this incredible competition,” said Innovate BC President and CEO, Shirley Vickers. “Year after year, this competition attracts entrepreneurs from a wide range of industries and continues to recognize companies that are creating innovative tech solutions all over British Columbia.”