Innovate BC and the B.C. government announced the award of $325,000 to three BC aquaculture innovations in yesterday’s inaugural Aquaculture Innovation Awards event.
Top 10 finalists, selected through a rigorous judging process, pitched at the online awards event and then responded to questions from selected customer advisors. The customer advisors could see first-hand upstream innovations as well as provide real-world context to the problems the Top 10 were trying to solve.
“We’re thrilled to work with the BC government in this first-of-its kind event. Innovate BC excels at identifying innovation that provides industry with benefits to fuel and sustain growth. And we believe matching BC innovation with traditional sectors amplifies the benefits felt by the entire BC innovation ecosystem,” said Raghwa Gopal, President and CEO, Innovate BC.
There were two $150,000 awards, selected by the judges, and one $25,000 fan favourite award, voted on live by the audience and the winners were:
Poseidon Ocean Systems – $150,000
Poseidon Ocean Systems’ Flowpressor Technology Platform reduces diesel fuel consumption by 55% in real-world testing. It is an innovative clean compressor technology specifically designed for aquaculture to produce compressed air to run aeration systems, oxygen generators, and feed systems.
ThisFish – $150,000
ThisFish’s Tally traceability software for the aquaculture sector enables significant improvements in time and quality through automation and predictive analytics. It links data from farm to factory through IoT devices and tablet computers and uses machine learning algorithms.
Industrial Plankton – $25,000
Industrial Plankton develops and produces algae bioreactors for live feed production in aquaculture hatcheries. Their technology is currently used in 20 countries, primarily in shellfish and shrimp hatcheries.
The Aquaculture Innovation Awards fund innovations that solve challenges faced by BC aquaculture. The awards encourage sustainable growth, competitiveness and adaptability of BC aquaculture.