179 vouchers fire up Alberta's next generation economy

Posted by Rob Lewis

Late last year, Alberta Advanced Technology and Education announced their Innovation Voucher Pilot Program and today they announced that the first round of innovation vouchers totalling more than $5 million have been awarded to companies from 24 communities across the province. The vouchers are meant to help companies develop their innovative ideas into marketable products or services at labs, fabrication centers, business development centres and other organizations supporting innovation.

The proposed projects spanned the sectors of biotechnology, health, energy, environmental technologies, information and communications technology and industrial technologies. In total, 93 vouchers were awarded with a value of up to $10,000 and 86 vouchers were awarded with a value of up to $50,000. Among the $50,000 voucher recipients were DataGardens, MoboVivo, Psyko Audio Labs, and Tynt Multimedia.

Voucher must be used within nine months of issue at service providers approved by Advanced Education and Technology. Vouchers can be used to cover up to 75% of eligible project costs including specialized technical and professional services. The next call for innovation voucher applications in this two-year pilot program is expected to take place in fall 2009 with awards being announced in early 2010. For more information and a complete list of voucher recipients visit www.technology.gov.ab.ca.

Company:
Mobovivo Inc.
Website:
http://www.mobovivo.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mobovivo is a team of TV producers and talented software engineers that turn the TV industries biggest threat - mobile devices pulling audiences away from TV - into their greatest asset - ad revenue. more

Company:
Tynt Multimedia
Website:
http://www.tynt.com
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tynt Multimedia is measuring the way consumers interact with content they find on Websites and is focused on improving engagement and user retention for Publishers. The company’s platform is driving new revenue opportunities by increasing traffic, increasing onsite user engagement, providing new methods of content discovery, offering new option for ad delivery and providing unique insights into user engagement. more

Company:
DataGardens
Website:
http://www.datagardens.com
Location:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

With DataGardens systems, a single IT administrator can build a flexible, secure, and cost-effective virtual data centre spanning many offices around the world. DataGardens' patented technology lets many offices function as one by sharing data, servers, software, storage, and a single administrative environment even though they may be separated by thousands of kilometers. The DataGardens Wide Area Virtualized... more

Company:
Psyko Audio Labs Inc.
Website:
http://www.psykoaudio.com/
Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Psyko Audio Labs is developing headphones for computer and console gamers. The technology delivers highly accurate directional audio so that you know instantly where every sound comes from and lets you react faster and improves your game performance. more


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Rob Lewis

Rob Lewis

Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of Techvibes.com.  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more



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