Wavefront, BCIC announce B.C. companies picked for entrepreneurship program

Wavefront, BCIC announce B.C. companies picked for entrepreneurship program

[email protected] offers eight wireless startups one-year access to office space, mentoring and Wavefront’s business and technical advisory and testing services

VANCOUVER, B.C – Wavefront, the community-based commercialization centre supporting the growth of Canada’s wireless and new media development companies, today announced the eight companies chosen to participate in the [email protected] program. This new program is offered in partnership with BCIC to support and nurture early-stage B.C. wireless companies from concept to commercialization over 12 months.

“We were impressed by the quality of the applicants,” said James Maynard, President at Wavefront. “The response reaffirmed our belief that B.C. is a growing hub for wireless innovation. Many of these ideas and technologies have the potential to be very significant business opportunities.”
Applicants were evaluated by leaders from Wavefront, BCIC, and the venture capital and investment community. Selected companies ranged from an application maker with technology supporting healthy lifestyle choices to one that enables utility companies to identify electrical distribution losses.

Selected wireless companies receive office space in Wavefront’s collaborative wireless incubator environment for one year and access to Wavefront’s advisory and testing services including its handset library, usability services, refinement of business development strategies and industry connections.

Participants for the 2010 [email protected] program are:

Awesense Wireless—who designed a platform solution to help utility companies identify electrical distribution losses to quickly and easily increase efficiencies and recover lost revenue

D2D Campaign Solutions—who provide a mobile campaign platform to augment face-to-face communications in building and mobilizing a support base

ikamobile Limited—who created Movie Finder to help Android users search for movies playing at local cinemas in 16 countries

Marine Drive Mobile—who deliver universal accessibility for people with visual and dexterity challenges

PortaLife Solutions, Inc.—who develop mobile solutions for healthy lifestyles including CarrotLines, a mobile application to help consumers make informed buying decisions based on their dietary and lifestyle preferences

QR Loyalty—who increases customer loyalty and profits for restaurant operators by enabling customers to participate in a loyalty program on a self-serve basis using their smartphones

Revonet Consulting Inc.—whose Memor appointment solutions software that uses wireless phones to synchronize appointments between businesses and their customers

Single Digit Labs—who are creating new and captivating ways of using camera smartphones

“We were impressed by the quality of the applicants,” said James Maynard, President at Wavefront. “The response reaffirmed our belief that B.C. is a growing hub for wireless innovation. Many of these ideas and technologies have the potential to be very significant business opportunities.”

“These are very promising early-stage wireless companies,” said Dean Rockwell, CEO of BCIC. “Wavefront has a proven track record of finding and nurturing wireless companies. BCIC is proud to partner with Wavefront in the delivery of the [email protected] program. Together we are helping to shape our provinces’ entrepreneurship ecosystem to support technology startups from idea to market, fueling economic development and BC’s position in the knowledge economy.”

Participants, who this week began to move into the office space included as part of the program, will meet with Wavefront staff to present more information about their companies, develop an action plan for commercialization, and determine the most effective mix of Wavefront expertise to accelerate their businesses forward. A full list of program features and benefits is available online at https://wavefront.ca/accelerator/entrepreneurship-at-wavefront.html.

About Wavefront
Wavefront is the community-based commercialization center for Canada’s wireless and new media development companies. Wavefront improves speed-to-market and delivery of mobile applications and devices by providing emerging companies with a suite of WaveGuide™ training, mobile industry advisory, incubation and testing services that facilitate market linkages and commercial engagement with the mobile ecosystem and enterprise companies around the world.

www.wavefront.ca/accelerator
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About BCIC
BCIC develops entrepreneurial talent and commercializes technology through startup companies and partnerships between industry and academia. BCIC focuses on competitively positioning British Columbia in today’s global knowledge economy in order to provide significant employment opportunities and a high standard of living for British Columbians. For more information about BCIC, visit www.bcic.ca.