Five up-and-coming researchers-turned-entrepreneurs have been recognized at the sixth annual Mitacs Entrepreneur Awards for their groundbreaking discoveries that are helping to propel Canada’s economy forward.
Among the five celebrated innovators is Vancouver’s Hossein Kamali who was named Outstanding Entrepreneur.
Kamali is a Mitacs postdoctoral researcher in Mechatronic Systems Engineering at Simon Fraser University, and Co-founder and CTO of Vancouver-based Autonopia.
Kamali’s company has invented the first-of-its-kind HŌMĀN robot that mimics the behaviour of human window washers — including getting into the nooks and crannies of all types of building facades.
The disruptive, patent-pending robot combines artificial intelligence, robotics, mechatronics and motion control technology in an effort to bring the high-rise window cleaning business into the 21st century and keep people safe in the process.
The awards, presented by Mitacs — a national innovation organization that fosters growth by solving business challenges with research solutions from academic institutions — celebrate startup companies founded by outstanding former Mitacs interns, postdoctoral fellows and training participants, who have gone on to lead their respective fields as business owners.