UVic cleantech spinout takes home the prize

Plus, the Northern Lights made an impact

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UVic cleantech spinout takes home the prize

Source: CICE

Curat Innovations Inc., a University of Victoria spinout, has been awarded $75,000 as part of a funding program targeting ventures that have recently completed university entrepreneurship programs.

The B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) program is held in collaboration with entrepreneurship@UBC-O, entrepreneurship@UBC-V, SFU VentureLabs, UNBC Innovation Program and UVic Coast Capital Innovation Centre to help bridge the funding gap that can often set back early ventures.

“The pathway to securing early-stage funding and partnerships is challenging, especially for university-based entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures fresh out of universities,” said Sarah Goodman, CICE’s president and CEO. “Supporting post-secondary graduates embarking on new ventures is crucial for building a skilled and diverse workforce, and leading a clean, prosperous economy.”

Curat Innovations is tackling organic waste disposal problems and associated GHG emissions by developing an organic waste processing technology that significantly decreases the amount of hauling and methane gas release associated with food waste. Organic waste is neutralized in three days, creating beneficial soil supplements that can also help restore the natural ecosystems’ abilities to sequester carbon.

"As we stare down the specter of climate disaster we must activate all of our efforts to create a livable future for ourselves and the planet,” said Cedric Bomford, CEO of Curat Innovations. “CICE’s funding is allowing us to build our field-ready, beta pilot unit to prove the technology in the field."

📰 More Victoria innovation news

🏠 Find a way: The Victoria Chamber of Commerce dug into housing availability and homeless in its latest Chamber Chat, featuring Tim Richter and Elisabeth Noble from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.

🌌 Light me up: The same solar storm that had the Northern Lights appearing over Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland impacted deep-ocean compasses, according to Ocean Networks Canada. The University of Victoria explained that solar storms “can pose risks to power grids, satellite networks, and navigation systems as well as impact animals’ own navigational abilities.”

👨‍🎓 School’s (not yet) out for summer: University of Victoria student James Thompson explained the benefit of co-operative learning, based on his experience with Victoria’s Archipelago, where he focused on product design.

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