The BC Tech Association’s first-ever Dragon’s Den Pitch Night was held yesterday at Microsoft’s offices in downtown Vancouver.
The unique pitch event was part of the 2022 Technology Impact Awards (TIAs), which celebrate outstanding B.C. companies that have made significant, positive impacts on the province’s tech sector, and deserve recognition for generating jobs, investment and innovation.
Ten B.C. companies competing for the “Company of the Year – Startup” award category pitched their innovations to an esteemed panel of judges, including Rich Osborn of RecapHealth Ventures; Laurie Schultz, who serves as Director and Strategic Advisor for a number of companies; Noah Shipman from Vistara Partners; and Christy Wyatt of Absolute Software.
Four finalists emerged from the group of 10:
- Carbin Minerals – Carbin Minerals’ technology works to enable mines to become massive carbon sinks, while producing the metals needed to drive the clean energy transition.
- Daanaa – Daanaa’s proprietary chip-based technology allows forward-thinking manufacturers to reimagine fundamental engineering problems through advanced, integrated power transfer.
- MintList – MintList is an AI-powered car selling platform, created in 2020 by award-winning, Vancouver-based TrafficDriven Technologies.
- VodaSafe – VodaSafe’s AquaEye Handheld Sonar is the first of its kind water rescue and victim recovery device. AquaEye® is an advanced underwater scanner, using the latest in ultrasound and artificial intelligence technologies to identify human bodies underwater.
The winner of the “Company of the Year – Startup” award will be announced at the #2022TIA Gala on Thursday, October 6th, and will receive an investment award of $10,000 from BC Tech to support its growth.