In September, the Accelerator Centre welcomed three companies into the inaugural cohort of a new clean tech accelerator program. The pilot project, which is operated in partnership with Sustainable Waterloo Region and the funding by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, aims to incubate and support companies that are innovating in the sustainable technologies, smart buildings, and renewable energy industries. The new theme of the AC’s flagship Accelerator Program brings space, specialized resources, and mentorship to clean tech companies looking to build and scale their business and drive the clean economy in Waterloo region.
While the program is currently run out of the AC’s Waterloo Headquarters, it will soon move into an exciting new space within Canada’s first net positive office building, evolv1, currently under construction by the Cora group in the R+T Park. The new innovation space within that building, named evolvGREEN, will house a community of local startups, government officials, academic institutions, and industry partners that are committed to supporting a sustainable economy and workplace wellness – the perfect home for entrepreneurs looking to make waves in the clean tech space.
We at Sustainable Waterloo Region are so thrilled to be part of this project. partnering with the Accelerator Centre and Ontario Trillium Foundation, we are working together to foster an increase in clean technology in a one of a kind sustainable building, the Cora Group’s evolv1. This project is a big step to proving what is possible in sustainable business, building and creating a clean economy. – Tova Davidson, Executive Director, Sustainable Waterloo Region
The first three companies within the program are ElectransTech, Livescape, and PFX solutions.
Electrans Technologies Ltd.
Brian Fan, Product Development Manager
Brian Fan is the Product Development Manager of Electrans Technologies Ltd. which targets a unique angle on the future of hybrid transportation. Focusing on transport trucks, his company has built the platform to essentially turn transports into hybrid, electric vehicles by applying battery and electric motor to the axle of the vehicle. The idea is to use the same type of technologies that companies like Tesla, to that of the current trucking industry to improve fuel efficiencies.
Brian joined the company in June, and has numerous years of experience as a mechanical engineer focusing on sustainability in the automotive industry. As someone who has worked in automotive R & D for upwards of 10 years and spent time in technology incubators in Taiwan and in Paris, France– he compared the experience in the Accelerator Centre experience by saying that he appreciates the structure and the accountability everyone is held to, like having homework, due dates and regular meetings with mentors. “The sense of community and support is overwhelming and we are looking forward to progressing through the Clean Tech program and launching proof of concept and the prototype in the next year— 2018.”
Ashley Demarte, CEO
Livescape is a botanical design and installation company specializing in living wall and green roof solutions for corporate, commercial, institutional, and custom projects. Ashley and her team offer green wall and roof systems from a range of suppliers, tailoring to the unique needs of their clients. The company also offers full maintenance services to keep various projects lush and beautiful for years to come.
With over 15 years of experience working with tropical and native plants and a lifelong passion for green design, Ashley launched her own company, Livescape, in 2015. It was a natural evolution for the driven entrepreneur, who has earned a name for herself as “The Crazy Plant Lady”.
Equipped with years of experience in green roof and living wall systems, design, installation, and maintenance, Ashley’s work is highly praised by her clients and colleagues. Her passion, expertise, and dedication have earned her a loyal client base across Southern Ontario.
Nicole McCallum, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Utilizing a patent-pending engineering advancement to convert PET plastic waste into filaments that can be used in 3D-printers, remain durable, and even conduct electricity. They transform plastic water bottles into prosthetic limbs, solar panels, and more. Currently, Recycl3D using the filaments to 3D-print prosthetic limbs through their non-profit entity, RECYCL3D Planet, in collaboration with head of the bio-medical engineering department at the SSN Institute in Chennai, India, and a research team of 7 additional engineers. Their biomedical engineering team have advanced motion functionality beyond existing prosthesis capacity in the market. In addition, with its unique conductive properties, the extruded-sheet rolls will be used to 3D print solar panels, in partnership with researchers at Newcastle University in Australia.
Visit Sustainable Waterloo Region’s website for more details on the local clean economy and the AC’s program page for more information on the clean tech pilot program.