Up to $200K for these Island innovators

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Digest, brought to you by Acetech. In this issue, learn more about a cellular superhighway and meet a DTC executive. But first, there’s more government funding on the way.

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Meet the local awardees of Innovate BC and NRC IRAP’s Fast Pilot program funding

Susan Blanchet, CEO, Origen Air

The program is providing a combined total of $2 million in research and development funding to help 14 companies pilot their technologies. Of those 14, four are from Vancouver Island.

Origen Air: Its funded project will demonstrate the effectiveness and benefits of a specific air purifier in four unique environments. The hoped-for result is an uptick in clean air delivery rate for the removal of indoor air pollutants.

Axolotl Biosciences: Its pilot will demonstrate a novel bioink that accurately prints humanized brain tissues for neurodegenerative research and drug screening processes. It will serve multiple B.C. academic labs and industry partners.

GRT: This new project will validate washing of coal-laden soil, and ensure that the by-product is pure enough to be re-used as an ignition source.

Wiser Marine Technologies: Its pilot initiative will develop and demonstrate a high-efficiency floating solar platform that can be scaled to provide community-level power generation.


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📰 More Victoria innovation news

📱 Life is a Highway: Telecommunications giant Rogers is making progress on expanding its wireless network in B.C.’s remote areas. The company announced that five of seven new cellular towers are now in service on Vancouver Island, enabling coverage from Sooke to Minute Creek. Read in Victoria Tech Journal.

🧦 You've Got a Friend in Me: Taylor Fraser, marketing director of DTC company Outway Socks, “wants to lift the hood on our brand, provide insights, learn, meet, and build in public.” Connect with Fraser on Twitter.

Sailing: Open Ocean Robotics' work with the U.S. Navy in Bahrain was featured in a Wall Street Journal video report. Watch now.

🌿 Come Together: Pacific Economic Development Canada (PacifiCan) and Alacrity Canada joined forces to establish the B.C Cleantech Initiative. Learn more.

🕴️ Tech jobs of the week

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