Every year, Nova Scotia Ocean technology start-ups have the chance to be assisted in speeding up the commercialization of their innovations. Invest Nova Scotia’s Start-Up Yard at COVE is helping these companies through the Stella Maris Platform and OceanTech Pilot Program.
A multi-user seabed platform called Stella Maris makes it easier to test, show off, and sell marine instruments. The testbed is 100 meters from the dock and 10 meters below the surface at the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It is connected to a shoreside operations center by data communications and electricity.
On the other hand, the OceanTech Pilot Program facilitates pilot projects with a Nova Scotian partner and allows Nova Scotian businesses to exhibit pre-commercial ocean innovations in a practical setting.
SEATAC is the Technology Access Center at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), which is committed to enhancing the ocean industry through services in applied research and innovation. SEATAC will help program participants find pilot partners and with their commercialization ambitions.
Successful candidates receive access to space and amenities at Start-Up Yard at COVE. This COVE-based incubator from Invest Nova Scotia assists start-up businesses in commercializing innovative ocean technology and making it big on the world market.
The program will provide up to $10,000 for demonstration and/or pilot projects; commercialization services from SEATAC; services and expertise available through Start-Up Yard at COVE; and a space at Start-Up Yard at COVE for six months.
Here are the 6 Blue Founders who joined this year’s Start-Up Yard’s OceanTech Pilot Program:
IntegraSEE – Lawrence Taylor – Dartmouth
They aim to make the world a better place by combining their deep knowledge of underwater sensors and imaging to help foster habitat health and water quality. Their area of expertise will centre on tracking and monitoring of the ocean’s health and well-being. This includes the back harbours and coastline.
Lillianah – Benjamin Slotnick – Austin, Texas, and Dartmouth
The goal of Lillianah Technologies is to repair the damage done to marine ecosystems by pollution, fertilizer runoff, and other outside factors. The two main components that will make this possible are nutrient mixing and improving the ecology of species at the ecosystem level.
OxeBow – Maxwell Poole – Yarmouth
They are known for design and development of practical innovations that increase productivity in the fishing industry.
Rising Tide BioAcoustics – Geoff Lebans – Dartmouth
Rising Tide BioAcoustics provides underwater acoustic solutions for fish deterrence and guidance; environmental monitoring; environmentally friendly methods of improving the efficiency and reducing bycatch of commercial fishing operations; and control/eradication of invasive species. Their acoustic technology can help diverse operations like power generating, canal management, commercial fishing, and aquaculture have a less negative impact on the environment and lower operational expenses.
Scient Analytics – Masoud Aali – Pictou
Their services include systematic and consistent imagery data analytics for natural resources development and environmental monitoring; close-contact characterization of terrestrial and marine environments using non-invasive and non-destructive imagery techniques; and species and geologic features characterization in ocean imagery data.
Traxe – Ahmad Attar – Vancouver and Dartmouth
To allow end users to trace and confirm the provenance of these products, Traxe tags food and bioproducts with their origin, genetic data, and other metadata.
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