TVC 2016 Finalists - Top 15

Industry Liaison Office announces Tech Venture Challenge teams Fifteen technology-based entrepreneurs have been chosen from a field of 56 to advance to the next phase of the 2016 Tech Venture Challenge, the annual business start-up competition presented through the University of Saskatchewan Industry Liaison Office.

This is a record breaking number of applications, almost double what we anticipated.  Every College was represented, every university relationship (from faculty to alumni).

Over the next four months the participants will attend workshops and benefit from business and advisory support from the ILO. Workshop space generously provided by Innovation Place. They will be professionally mentored and guided, leading to the selection of three finalists in May, 2016.

Prizes are awarded competitively:  $50,000 for first place, provided by the ILO and up to 1 year of leasing provided by Innovation Place; $15,000 for second place (co-sponsored by PwC and Mariner Innovations).  This year’s third-place prize, $10,000 will be awarded from the Tech Community Fund, contributions from a number of local business and other organizations.

The U of S Graduate Student’s Association continues to offer a $10,000 low-interest loan to the top-rated grad student team.   Mariner Innovations ICT Award (professional services valued at $5,000) to be awarded to a team selected by the TVC judges. 

The 2016 Tech Venture Challenge cohort includes technologies in communications, 3D printing, medical devices, biologics and pharmaceuticals, health care, manufacturing and green technologies.  They are:



Members: Dustin Gamester, Andrew Crouse

Fitcoins is a fitness based point system for kids.


Ground Up Bytes

Members: Matthew Braun, Nancy Elliot

Ground Up Bytes provides end-to-end solutions for customers collecting data across multiple platforms, and specialize in data collection in remote, offline locations.


Kaleido Arts and Science Inc.

Members: Tony Arkles, Sheila Maithel

Kaleido Arts and Science Inc. specializing in making custom-fit sewing patterns, by using a smartphone.


Pelican MRI

Members: Gordon Sarty, Logi Vidarsson

Pelican MRI build and sell low-field, portable and affordable MRIs that are made possible with new imaging technology. These MRI’s can literally be built in a household basement.



Members: Matt Teyfah, David Klymyshyn

Polytenna has created a unique micro-array antenna that can be used in the emerging small cell backhaul market for wireless service and secondly the automotive wireless sensing device market. 



Members: Devin Bradburn, Jordan Dutchak, Erik Tetland, Lance Pitka

Printology is developing a 3D printer using exotic materials to create anatomical surgery models.  This will enable surgeons and students to have accurate and cost effective models to practice on.



Members: Kyle Tschritter, Patrick Robb

Robotiblocks provides a practical means of building powerful, yet simple and cost effective automation systems intended for rapid development applications in manufacturing industries.



Members: Changiz Taghibiglou, Effat-Sadat Farboud

Soboderm has created a novel pharmaceutical and topical formulation for acne treatment. These creams will be developed based on an understanding of the molecular signaling pathway that contributes to acne.


SenseUS Systems

Members: Sonia Vanderby, Francis Bui, Solomon,  Kai Shan

SenseUS is developing a tracking system that seamlessly collects scheduling data and analyzes it enabling doctor offices to obtain data and improve their planning and resource utilization.


Smart Health Networks

Members: Hussein Moosavi,  Francis Bui

Smart Health networks are developing a wireless body area network (WBAN) platform for continuous physiological data acquisition, real-time monitoring, and efficient networking around the human body.


Sohtech Research & Development Inc.

Members: Tedric Soh

This is an easy to use, strong and portable fireproof system for the safe storing, handling, transporting and charging of lithium polymer batteries (LiPos). These batteries are known to catch fire and are used in remote control airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats and drones.


Synoptic Reporting Technologies

Members:  Jimmy Wang

Synoptic reporting is a clinical documentation method that uses structured checklists to help clinicians produce more complete, consistent and valuable medical reports. Synoptic reports are faster to produce, easier to interpret and eliminates transcription cost


Techne Industries

Members: Logan Downing

Techne Industries has set out to design, build, and manufacture an affordable home based battery unit that will provide power to household appliances when blackouts occur and in third world countries.


Victus Scientific

Members: Irving Ramirez-Erosa, Leonid Akhova, Jeff McLaughlin

Victus Scientific Inc. is a biopharmaceutical offering a 100% natural alternative to treat many skin ailments (e.g. eczema, rosacea, acne, psoriasis).


Viking Innovations

Members: Jackie Martin,  Mike Ransom

Viking Innovations Ltd. (Viking) manufactures and sells a home kitchen fire prevention system.  It is a small control panel designed to disconnect power to the kitchen range and counter plugs when the smoke alarm is activated in order to avoid the spread of fire.

Tech Venture Challenge is sponsored by the Industry Liaison Office, Graduate Student’s Association, PwC, Mariner Innovations, and the Saskatoon Tech Community; and is open to any member of the U of S community including employees, faculty researchers, students and alumni.

For more information, contact,

Lorna Shaw-Lennox

Industry Liaison Office

University of Saskatchewan



2016 Tech Venture Challenge Finale