Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard Joins TEC Edmonton as Director of Communications & Marketing
February 25, 2016 (Edmonton, Alberta) – TEC Edmonton welcomes Stephanie Gillis-Paulgaard as its new Director of Communications & Marketing. Stephanie has over 17 years of collective experience leading corporate communications and investor relations functions. She served as communications director for Edmonton technology companies including Isotechnika Inc. and Exciton Technologies Inc. (a longtime TEC Edmonton client and TEC Centre tenant), as well as Sofina Foods Inc., one of Canada’s largest food manufacturers. Her diverse background in strategic communications counsel, corporate reputation management, public affairs and media relations spans both the public and private sector, making her a valuable addition to the TEC Edmonton team.
“I am very pleased to have Stephanie join our executive team and focus significant efforts on enhancing the growth of emerging technology-based companies in Alberta,” said Chris Lumb, CEO of TEC Edmonton. “In addition to providing strategic communication and marketing leadership to TEC Edmonton, our clients can also leverage Stephanie’s extensive experience and professional network to assist them in gaining greater visibility in the media, business and innovation communities.”
Please join us in welcoming her to the TEC Edmonton team. Future marketing and communications inquiries can be directed to Stephanie at:
The accelerator program has a deliberate objective of disrupting current IT technology with state-of-the-art Big Data and Machine Learning using Microsoft’s new cloud technology platform.
The Microsoft team developed the backroom computer management architecture to handle and coordinate enormous data sets for specific business sectors.
In the fall of 2015, Microsoft invited companies from around the world to submit proposals on using such formidable computing infrastructure under the broad Ventures’ Accelerator theme, “Machine Learning and Data Science”.
The select few chosen would participate in Microsoft’s four-month mentorship program assisting in the challenges of launching a company, creating new disruptive applications, finding early-adopter customers, showcasing the companies to new investor groups and expanding to global markets.
The chosen ones would access Microsoft’s software-as-a-service (“SaaS”), all hosted on Azure, Microsoft’s world-wide network of computer servers.
OneBridge Solutions was among 2500 companies submitting proposals for the Microsoft Machine Learning and Data Science Ventures Accelerator program.
Microsoft winnowed the applications down, investigated 721 applicants from 50 countries, and ultimately settled on 10 companies.
OneBridge Solutions Inc. – a subsidiary of the OneSoft company here in Edmonton – was one of the chosen 10.
Having Microsoft as an active partner, singing your praises and offering extensive support, is quite the leg up in selling one’s company to both investors and customers.
OneBridge Solutions provides comprehensive pipeline information for pipeline managers, including public awareness, integrity management and risk management. OneBridge is now using the wondrous machine learning and data sciences capability of Microsoft’s new cloud technologies and Azure computing infrastructure to provide those services.
In safety, preventive and emergency measures, the accurate, up-to-the-minute data needed for informed decisions is instantly available. All players can quickly understand and access critical information, thanks to the thousands of factors not previously available in such a quick and integrated fashion.
OneBridge is still in its early days but has already – thanks in part to the Microsoft association – attracted the interest of major pipeline companies, some of which are acting as beta prototypes.
OneBridge’s services are available on a subscription basis. The company uses the computer infrastructure of its parent company OneSoft Solutions Inc. and Microsoft – “their data, our platform,” says Dwayne Kushniruk, CEO of OneSoft.
Kushniruk is projecting break-even for the project and company within two years. As a publicly traded company, OneSoft raised $1 million in 2015, and another $1 million-dollar financing is currently underway. The employee roster of the Edmonton-based company is expected to double in the next year or two, in addition to an off-shore development team.
“It would be difficult for competitors to match our capabilities with legacy systems,” says Kushniruk. “There’s only one Microsoft Cloud, and we are fortunate to have been an early adopter of that technology.”
TEC Edmonton, as part of its mandate to assist Alberta’s start-up or ramp-up technology-based companies, is happy to have provided the office space and other services in the TEC Centre to help OneBridge/OneSoft get to where it is today.
TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator SummitLeading the relaunch of the health stream at
the 2016 Banff Venture Forum
Emcee: Randy Yatscoff, Executive VP – Business Development, TEC Edmonton
Guest Speaker: Reg Joseph, Vice President – Initiatives & Innovations, Alberta Innovates Health SolutionsAdditional speakers to be announced
Panel: Panel topic to discuss health sector in Canada Panel Moderator: Reg Joseph, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions
TEC Edmonton is proud to host the Health stream at the 2016 Banff Venture Forum.
Join representatives from the investment, biotech, university and business communities for an in-depth look at the latest healthcare industry trends. You’ll hear about current and upcoming initiatives from organizations including Alberta Innovates Health Solutions, Alberta Health Services and the TEC Health Accelerator.
Attendees will also get an exclusive look at nine investable healthcare companies as they present their rapid-fire “elevator pitches.”
The event includes a panel discussion with industry leaders from the health sector. The panel will explore the strategies behind building a solid, innovative healthcare ecosystem. REGISTER ONLINE Event Contact:
Phone: (780) 492-8857
TEC Edmonton’s Technology Management team offers expert advice on intellectual property matters which often lead to new patents, licensing agreements and company spin-offs.
Polyol Synthesis from Fatty Acids and Oils
Dr. Jonathan Curtis of the University of Alberta’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutritional Science received an issued U.S. patent on December 23, 2015.
U.S. Patent No. 9,216,940 entitled “Polyol Synthesis from Fatty Acids and Oils” describes a method for preparing polyols from fatty acid substrates such as free fatty acids, alkyl esters of fatty acids, mono- di- and tri-glycerides to produce polyols or a blend of polyols with desired functionality, molecular weights, or viscosity.
These polyols serve as the starting point to produce various materials such as polyurethanes including foams for furniture, bedding, car seats and insulation applications, and coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomer systems.
Edmonton, AB – February 2, 2016 – The deadlines to enter the three 2016 TEC VenturePrize business award streams for new and future Alberta entrepreneurs is fast approaching.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 marks the final day to apply for the Fast Growth and TELUS ICT VenturePrize Awards.
Monday, February 29, 2016 is the last day to enter the new DynaLIFE Dx Health Award, focusing on innovative companies within the Alberta healthcare industry.
Now in its 14th year, TEC VenturePrize has launched and accelerated the growth of hundreds of innovative Alberta companies, from the fledgling Sensassure’s adult incontinence solutions to Yardstick Testing and Training.
TEC VenturePrize is a juried business competition with over $200,000 in cash and services for the winners and runners-up of its four streams, including the VenturePrize Student category where finalists are picked from regional post-secondary school business competitions.
This year’s finals and award dinner takes place Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Edmonton’s Westin Hotel.
TEC VenturePrize is far more than a competition for prizes. It offers a tremendous business support network, an opportunity for young companies to focus on creating long-term business plans, on-demand education, and mentoring.
Early-bird entrants have taken advantage of a series of seminars on business and marketing.
Each competing company can choose a seasoned mentor to assist them in creating their business plan. Once presented, each business plan is constructively critiqued by the screeners and judges – all being successful entrepreneurs/teachers in their own right.
Winners and runners-up also receive valuable media exposure, plus ongoing support and mentorship from VenturePrize’s many corporate sponsors.
About TEC Edmonton
TEC Edmonton helps technology entrepreneurs accelerate their growth. In addition to being the commercialization agent for University of Alberta technologies, TEC Edmonton operates Greater Edmonton’s largest accelerator for early stage technology companies, including both university spinoffs and companies from the broader community.
TEC provides client services in four broad areas: Business development, funding and finance, technology commercialization and entrepreneur development.
TEC’s ~128 active clients are an outstanding group of companies. Since 2011, TEC clients have generated $472M in revenue, raised $232M in financing and funding, invested $142M in R&D, grown employment by 25% per year and now employ over 1750 people in the region. In addition, TEC has assisted in the creation of 22 spinoffs from the University in the last five years.
In 2015, TEC Edmonton was identified by the Swedish University Business Incubator (UBI) Index as the 4th best university business incubator in North America, and was also named Canadian “Incubator of the Year” at the 2014 Startup Canada Awards.
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