Oil & Gas Tech Startup Wins Top Prize in 2014 BCIC-New Ventures Competition

BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and New Ventures BC announced yesterday the 2014 winners of the biggest technology startup competition for B.C.’s emerging innovators.

This year the BCIC-New Ventures competition top prizes were awarded to  startup innovations such as imaging technologies for oil and gas wells, 3D bioprinting technology that prints living human tissue and an enterprise content migration software.

On hand to present the $100K First Prize to Vancouver’s DarkVision Technologies was Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson.

DarkVision is developing downhole imaging technologies that deliver high resolution images inside oil and gas wells. They arm oil and gas operators with the information to make quick decisions that increase production, reduce cost and minimize the environmental impact in Alberta’s oil sands and hydraulically fracked oil and gas plays.

The additional 2014 BCIC-New Ventures Competition winners are:

  • $55,000 BCIC Second Prize: Aspect Biosystems
  • $37,000 BCIC Third Prize and Plug and Play Prize Package: AppBridge Software
  • $20,000 BC Bioenergy Network Prize: MetaMixis
  • $15,000 Vancity Social Venture Prize and $10,000 City Innovation Prize: Nanozen Environmental
  • Wavefront Wireless in-kind Prize: Curiate

“We are proud to have mentored some of the province’s most cutting-edge innovators in 2014 and we are excited to see what will come next as they blaze their own trail of success,” said New Ventures BC Program Manager Angie Schick.

The 14th annual BCIC-New Ventures competition boasted 128 entries from all over the province.