TEC Edmonton is delighted to announce the top 3 finalists in its VenturePrize business plan competition (Fast Growth category): Alieo Games, Pogo Car Share and Sensassure.

Now in its 13th year, TEC VenturePrize is an annual business plan competition for early stage Alberta technology entrepreneurs.

For over a decade, VenturePrize participants have shown proven success, making VenturePrize and TEC Edmonton recognized as key drivers of Alberta economic diversification.

Participants submit their business plans and compete for a prize package of cash and in-kind services to help grow their companies. The Fast Growth Grand Prize Winner receives over $80,000 in cash and in-kind services, and the two Runners-Up receiver over $30,000 in cash and in-kind services.

Our finalists

Alieo Games

Alieo Games is an educational technology company that recently launched COW, a writing app for students and teachers in K-12. COW provides a safe and fun space for students to practice writing (building writing fluency and vocabulary) and to share their work with classmates. For teachers, COW uses text analysis to provide useful feedback that they can use to customize their lesson plans to meet the specific needs of their students.

Alieo Games tells a great story of University of Alberta student innovation that has already succeeded in winning several business competitions. Their writing app COW is being used by students in grades 2-10.

Pogo CarShare


Pogo CarShare is Edmonton’s first car sharing service. Founded and managed locally, Pogo provides members 24/7 access to a pool of vehicles located within a central zone in our city on a simple pay-as-you-go basis. Cars can be located, reserved and opened using the Pogo app. Customers only pay for the exact amount of time they use the vehicle, and gas, insurance, parking, and maintenance are all included in the flat, per-minute rate.

Convenient, affordable and environmentally sustainable, Pogo CarShare introduces a greater freedom of transportation options to Edmontonians, and is estimated to increase public transportation use by three times per week.



Sensassure is a wearable tech startup that was founded as part of Canada’s Next 36, a national tech incubator program. Sensassure’s sensor solution for the incontinent elderly tracks if they’ve wet themselves and alerts nursing staff when changes are required. Sensassure helps restore dignity to those who suffer from incontinence by automating existing manual care processes, leading to timely changes that prevent secondary conditions from developing.

Sensassure’s technology addresses the ever present needs of senior care and provides an innovative new technology to improve quality of care – one that can also be used in a home setting.

Winners of the TEC VenturePrize Fast Growth, Student and TELUS Information & Communication Technology (ICT) competition streams will be announced at the VenturePrize Awards Celebration on April 29, 2015, at the Edmonton Shaw Conference Centre.

The event brings together the region’s business and innovation community, highlighting the next generation of Alberta’s technology entrepreneurs.

Starting April 1st, the public will be able to vote for their favorite Fast Growth Finalist online. The winner will receive the Edmonton Journal People’s Choice Award, also to be presented at the VenturePrize Awards Event on April 29.

For more information on VenturePrize, or to purchase tickets for the VenturePrize Awards Celebration, visit www.ventureprize.com.

Media Contact:
Erik Einsiedel
TEC Edmonton
Phone: (780) 248-5886
Email: erik.einsiedel@tecedmonton.com