Last year was an extraordinary time for Haltech, and as we like to say, technology innovation doesn’t stand still and neither do we. We invite you to look back at the many highlights of our past fiscal year with this 2015-16 Annual Report.
Haltech announced today the four winners of the 1st Halton Innovation Awards, which was a feature presentation at the inaugural Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit held on June 2, 2016 at the Oakville Conference Centre. The four award recipients are all technology companies, and they are: Adlib Software (Burlington, ON), Advanced Test & Automation (Milton, ON), Geotab (Oakville, ON), and Enable Education (Milton, ON).
“I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to the four award winners and all the nominees of the 1st Halton FUTURES Innovation Awards,” said Rina Carlini, CEO & President of Haltech.
Out of 14 nominees, three of the companies – Adlib Software, Advanced Test & Automation and Geotab were awarded a Halton Innovation Award while the fourth award was granted to an early-stage company, Enable Education, as the “One to Watch” award.
The Halton Innovation Awards recognized the excellence and accomplishments of technology companies – from startups, small and medium-sized companies, to large corporate multinationals – that have developed innovative and commercially successful products or services in Halton region.
The nominees were evaluated based on their innovation, commercial viability, novelty, sustainability or social benefit, and project development & delivery, as provided in their applications.
These awards help to recognize excellence in innovation, raise awareness of positive contributions, encourage collaborative partnerships, and inspire investment.
By Stephanie Lem, contributing writer, Haltech News
Few can deny that the successful entrepreneur has an unwavering drive, a passion for their product, and a determination to succeed and build something great that others want to buy. But few people know about the journey that these entrepreneurs must undergo to create something great from a mere idea. Their apparent overnight success may not reveal the many failed attempts and challenges they had to overcome, and the many people –customers, prospective partners or investors – they had to engage along the way. These entrepreneurs populate the startup ecosystem in Ontario, where ideas meet opportunities, and Regional Innovation Centres like Haltech support and guide these entrepreneurs for business success and growth.
On April 26th, Haltech presented a special invitation-only event called Hi5 Startup Source to introduce their latest crop of exciting entrepreneurs. Graciously sponsored by Microsoft Canada and hosted at Javelin Technologies, the event took place in a cool open-concept “garage” meeting room. The space was the perfect industrial setting, complete with modern kitchen, HD TV screens, and a 3D printing lab down the hall. The crowd of about 50 captivated guests were mainly seed-stage and angel investors along with regional innovation partners such as OCE (Ontario Centres of Excellence) and NRC-IRAP (Industrial Research Assistantship Program). Together we enjoyed an evening of short 5-min soft pitches delivered by a selection of Haltech’s high-potential startup clients, followed with networking, great food and drinks, and the building of new business relationships.
The startups that presented were selected among the entrepreneurs enrolled in Haltech’s HEAT™ program, and are considered high-potential and investment-ready. Companies featured included Accellerant, who are commercializing an open e-commerce platform for reselling of used smartphones and mobile devices; Daniel Christian Tang, a luxury 3D printed jewelry business that has garnered much media attention in recent months from the fashion design world; Saasli, which offers an implementation of salesforce.com for SaaS customers, and FastVenues, a community marketplace for people to list, discover and book unique venues for special events.
Fresh into their life cycles, these startups powered by passionate leaders provided a first look of local startups sourced from Halton and west-GTA regions. Valuations were not pitched at this event, but instead were left to private business discussions during the networking session that followed. Taking this brave leap of faith in compressing endless hours of creative idea generation and product development into a mere 300 seconds is not for the faint-hearted, but for the entrepreneur looking to build foundational relationships with high-quality tech investors. It was evident that this room full of innovators and disruptors was able to capture exactly that. From where I stood, this is where all the magic happened – where entrepreneurs and investors were connecting, absorbing advice, discussing future business goals and making measured steps toward growing their venture and engaging new partners.
As the evening progressed, there was an undeniable excitement which buzzed throughout the room, with no sign of slowing down the momentum of these “Hi5” startups. It was evident that if you’re a budding entrepreneur with a good idea or service solution, and a drive to commercialize, then Haltech is your resource of choice in Halton region.
Michele Romanow, e-commerce queen and friendly dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, is the opening speaker for the inaugural Halton FUTURES Innovation Summit & Awards, to be held on June 2, 2016 in Oakville, Ontario.
As the tech-savvy entrepreneur investor on Canada’s popular Dragon’s Den program, Michele is the co-founder of Buytopia.ca, one of Canada’s top daily deal sites that was ranked #3 on Canada’s list of fastest growing companies. Featured on the list of 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Forbes recognized Michele as the only Canadian to rank among the top 20 most disruptive “Millennials on a Mission.”
Michele will headline an exciting list of Summit keynote speakers representing global corporations, high-growth startups and research leaders such as Microsoft, Siemens, Geotab, Hatch, Javelin, Sheridan College and others, who will ignite the discussion about innovative technologies being made in Halton region.
Ticket purchase and program information about this business innovation event can be found at HaltonFutures.ca.
The word is out! 5 out of 10 OPEN category contestants in Pythons’ Pit 2016 are HalTech clients. These five startups advance to the next round for the chance to win up to $20,000 cash in startup capital and a package of in-kind professional services to help launch the business.
Congratulations to the following HalTech clients:
Cocktails ‘n Canvas – Bindesh Rach, Oakville, Rajen Gandhi, Milton.
Cocktails ‘n Canvas licenses a multi-sided digital platform to market, sell, create and deliver high-quality social painting events in upscale, local bars/pubs, restaurants and private locations.
HINT – Jacob Jackson and Ahmed Elmeligi, Hamilton, McMaster
Healthcare Innovation in NeuroTechnology (HINT) is developing a wearable monitoring device for high-risk patients that will be able to detect a stroke in their sleep, helping save lives of thousands of stroke victims each year.
HobbyON.net – Genilson Galante and Antonio Antunes, Oakville
HobbyON.net, a one stop shop for all things hobby related, will be a platform where people can share information, read content and post blogs, participate in forums and buy and sell collectible goods via stores or auctions.
Fetchit – Matthew Karabela and Michal Barcz, Oakville
Fetchit is a service that allows people who require help transporting items to connect with a vehicle owner who can help within minutes.
Port Credit Charging Systems Inc. – Jack Daniel Bernstein, Oakville
Port Credit Charging Systems has designed the ChargeMore, a patent pending portable battery powered mobile device charger.
Good luck to all the contestants!
HalTech is at the nexus of Halton Region’s innovation ecosystem, working with technology companies to accelerate innovation for business growth. We help technology entrepreneurs and companies to connect, collaborate and transform good ideas and product innovation into well positioned, growing ventures.
Pythons’ Pit provides an avenue for creative, entrepreneurial residents and students of Halton Region to pitch their business concepts and product ideas in front of a live audience and a panel of real business moguls from the community. The goal of Pythons’ Pit is to foster innovation, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit in Halton Region.