Canadian Startup Wins 2014 SXSW Accelerator Award for Innovative World Technologies



Québec-based startup Synbiota today received 2014 SXSW Accelerator award in the Innovative World Technologies category.

Synbiota is a virtual collaboration site that connects global scientists, researchers, universities and others to come together to solve complex problems using genetic engineering.The company was one of six Canadian companies who were finalists in the SXSW competition.

At SXSW this year, Synbiota announced the Synbiota #ScienceHack, which it says is the world’s first massive open online science event. Hundreds of scientists around the world will work together to make affordable medicine, according to Synbiota

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this honour,” said Connor Dickie, the Canadian startup’s CEO. “Synbiota’s mission is to enable the science community to solve the world’s biggest problems within a first-of-its-kind, collaborative platform, and receiving the SXSW Accelerator award will help us reach our world-changing goals even faster.”

Synbiota was chosen out of 500 applicants as one of 48 round-one finalists to present to a panel of expert judges in the SXSW Accelerator pitch competition, then made it through to the final round of 18 finalists on the following day.