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2011 Finalists

Anivac Corp.
It’s not just Amazing… it’s Animazing!

Anivac

What we do:
One of the biggest drawbacks that dog owners report to owning their dog is the smell of the dog and the hair in the house. We invented and produce a bathing system that: The dogs love (it feels much like a back scratch and a massage); Uses over 90% less water than traditional animal bathing; Is virtually mess free; Takes only minutes; Can be done virtually anywhere because there’s no need for a bathtub!

Our ultimate goal:
To become the dominant method for bathing animals.

Target Market:
Dog and other pet owners.

Strengths:
Inventiveness, Perseverance and Breakthrough Products

Our Team:
Dave Hachey
Sandra Hachey
Carlo Vitucci
Lucas Pantaleon
Jeff Hall

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?

I was born here and lived here my whole life.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
Dave owned a Newfoundlander dog that had serious skin problems and found it almost impossible to get the medicated shampoo down into the coat to help her.


 

Athelink
Play Hard. Get Recognized.

Atthelink

What we do:
Athelink will be focused on establishing a network that allows for management of sports leagues, teams, and individual athletes. Leagues, Conveners, Coaches, Parents, and Players will have the opportunity to convey information to each other regarding their league. Some features include schedules, standings, and player statistic tracking. They will also be able to acquire information about competitor teams and the players on such teams in order to prepare strategies for upcoming games. Athelink will save conveners time as all updates will be form based and don’t require any programming experience.

Our ultimate goal:
To be “the” online sports platform for recreational and amateur sports

Target Market:
Hockey, Football, Soccer Leagues and anyone who plays in leisure golf

Strengths:
1. Great Programmers (including the two founders) 2. Low Start up cost & we don’t waste money (Total spent is under $400) 3. Our team has 3 MBA’s (All specialized in different areas of business)

Our Team:
Gihan Fonseka
Jason Brenzel
Ryan Lambert
Jean-Pierre Lucar
Patrick DeFazio

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
4 of our team members went to McMaster

What was the motivation for starting your company?
We wanted to create a platform that can change an industry for the better


 

Gorilla Cheese
Canada’s First Grilled Cheese Truck!

Gorilla

What we do:
Gorilla Cheese is a mobile food truck specializing in grilled cheese sandwiches. Proudly serving Hamilton & area, we offer service on the streets, at festivals and at corporate or special events. Our sandwiches are made with the best ingredients, using Jensen Cheese and local produce as available. Our menu will also feature dessert sandwiches, and, as our menu progresses over a short time, tomato soup and baked beans made from scratch.

Our ultimate goal:
To create a grilled cheese empire!

Target Market:
Anybody of any age, gender, race or religion that likes grilled cheese sandwiches!

Strengths:
Uniqueness of our concept, strong branding, big dreams

Our Team:
Graeme Smith
Scott Austin
Susan Austin

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?

We’re from Hamilton, we love Hamilton and we believe Hamilton has incredible potential.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
Gorilla Cheese has been a dream of Graeme’s for more than 16 years, and both Scott’s and Graeme’s work situations made the timing right to follow our dreams of entrepreneurship.


 

Illumacell Inc.
Light devices for cancer treatment

Illumacell

What we do:
Illumacell has developed patent pending light devices for a cancer treatment known as Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). PDT works by the patient consuming a drug with two key properties. 1) It tends to bond with cancerous cells and 2) it is photosensitive. When subject to light, cancerous cells bonded with the drug are destroyed. Illumacell light devices penetrate far deeper than available alternatives. Illumacell has solved the issues of adequate light penetration and has identified a safe suitable drug already FDA approved for other purposes. Ontario doctors have been using this treatment on patients with some great success stories.

Our ultimate goal:
To see PDT using Illumacell light devices widely used as a cancer treatment.

Target Market:
Initially Canadian cancer clinics, expanding to hospitals and clinics throughout the world.

Strengths:
Persistence, innovation, a good vision

Our Team:
Michael Ben
Tom Kerber
Paul Barham

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
The founder Tom Kerber lives in Stoney Creek. The supporting environment for a medical device company is very good due to the strong manufacturing base and McMaster University.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
An oncologist who believed in the potential of PDT approached Tom Kerber with a request to make a light that could penetrate deep into skin tissue without burning. Ongoing success stories have kept the principles motivated to continue.


 

PlayLab Inc.
Nurturing Young Innovators

Playlab

What we do:
PlayLab develops and delivers educational products that enable children to learn essential skills such as communication, leadership, critical reasoning, and creativity which are largely over looked by our school system today. Through PlayLab’s design thinking process, similar to Stanford Design Process, student both develop a deeper level of understanding of subject matter while working with peers to enrich skills. These hands-on projects allow kids to apply traditional school subjects, all while playing and having fun.

Our ultimate goal:
The PlayLab goal is to, through workshops , products and online system, help children around the world to develop essential competencies such as critical reasoning, effective communication, leadership and creativity.

Target Market:
PlayLab currently works with children ages 6-14. We are currently developing programming that will serve grades K-12.

Strengths:
1. A passionate team of experts – Management, Advisory, & Customer Facing 2. A strong educational research background that informs curriculum development and delivery 3. Possessing a solution to a strong and clear market need.

Our Team:
Mohan Nadarajah
Barb Martin
Amy Wigdor
Jasmine Wong
Penny Burton

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?

PlayLab has a strong association with Mark Chamberlain and Trivaris. The founder also has a relationship with McMaster University.

What was the motivation for starting your company?

PlayLab was founded by a concerned parent who wanted to see his own children equipped for success, both academically and throughout life.


 

Quant Interpretations
Changing the world of marketing – one click at a time.

Quant

What we do:
Time is Money, and Knowledge is Power. Quant Interpretations is helping marketers make the most of these equations. Quant gives companies real-time access to detailed consumer intelligence that enables them make better decisions faster and with greater confidence. Quant’s “QiiQ” reporting tool helps organizations access deep information in seconds instead of weeks or months, enhancing tactical decision-making and strategic planning processes. Quant helps businesses generate rich insights from specific geographies or even their own customer data on demand with a fast and simple process.

Our ultimate goal:
Grow the business to a point where a large marketing company looks to purchase our technology for a large sum of money

Target Market:
B2C companies with limited access to consumer intelligence

Strengths:
Creativity, Passion, Experience

Our Team:
Mike Saniga
Brad Ross
Doug Ward

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?

Great innovation community and support from City and partners such as the Innovation Factory.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
To help companies make better decisions faster and more cost effectively


 

TR Research

TR_Reserach

What we do:
Our company offers a proprietary process of manufacturing cationic activated silica (CAS) polymer for water & wastewater treatment. Together with Alum, AlumCAS, replaces present chemicals in water and wastewater treatment and provides plant managers/owners with a quick, easy, and affordable method to effectively upgrade the capacity of the plant and the quality of their product (drinking water or wastewater effluent) using existing infrastructure. High capital expenditures in expanding capacity and compliance to tough environmental regulations can be avoided. The company also offers consulting, training, and operational expertise.

Our ultimate goal:
To replace current chemical products and technology in treating water and wastewater.

Target Market:
All industries that requires wastewater treatment and potable water production.

Strengths:
Advance technology, low cost and environmentally friendly products, expertise in running plant processes.

Our Team:
Tony Robles
Emy Robles

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?

Hamilton has a large water and wastewater facilities

What was the motivation for starting your company?
The company started 2010, to commercialize my patent.


 

Verdant Analysis, Inc
Tools for Intelligent Investors

Verdant

What we do:
We develop and support online analytical tools to facilitate intelligent investment decisions

Our ultimate goal:
To become the defacto website for investment research and communication. Through this, we contribute to a new investment paradigm that improves the transparency and efficiency of our financial markets.

Target Market:
Students in business programs: MBA, Masters of Finance, B. Commerce, CFA etc.

Strengths:
1. Development excellence, 2. Managerial and start-up experience, 3. Excellent financial background

Our Team:
Jennifer Cameron
Dege Ratak

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
I live here and with two good schools there is a large talent pool.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
I did an accounting course that sited studies that proved alpha can be achieved using financial statements. I wanted to try it for myself but quickly discovered that you needed software and the only options were very expensive & geared to institutions.


 

Vida Holdings Corp.
Bringing a greener world forward.

Vida

What we do:
Vida Holdings Corp. is engaged in the design, development and commercialization of the Multi Chamber Catalytic Convertor (MCCC). Our value proposition is based on improving the cost to performance ratio of catalytic converters for gasoline, hybrid, or diesel propulsion systems while meeting or exceeding the diverse and stringent emission performance requirements for original and aftermarket mobile exhaust systems.

Our ultimate goal:
To create a profitable enterprise that markets an environmentally sustainable technology.

Target Market:
Global OEM and Aftermarket passenger and commercial vehicle manufacturers

Strengths:
Innovative, Disruptive & Clean technology, Leadership Team Skills, Knowledge & Experience, Customer Focus

Our Team:
Kenneth Barclay
Stefano Plati
Tom Zuber
Voilsav Blagojevi
Sarry Al-Turk
Tim Ley
Greg Koyanagi

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
Hamilton is an under-valued and evolving business community

What was the motivation for starting your company?

Reduce mobile exhaust emissions and greenhouse gases


 

Weever Apps Inc.
The Fastest Way from Zero to Apps

Weever

What we do:
Weever is a software service that converts your existing website into a mobile “app” that can be viewed on any touch smartphone. The software is installed by the website designer. The designer then chooses the content they want to display on the mobile smartphone, then they choose the links they want displayed such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc. That is it!! Now when a mobile device visits the website, the app recognizes the request is coming from a smartphone and converts it to an app!!

Our ultimate goal:
To change the way people use the mobile web

Target Market:
Web designers, developers and owners

Strengths:
Innovative Technology, Business Skills and Passion

Our Team:
Andrew J Holden
Robert Porter
Tim Richard
Steve McBride
Steve Smith
Tom Pepper

Why did you choose Hamilton as Home for your company?
All of the principles of Weever have been tied to Hamilton through either employment or residence for many years. Hamilton has provided us with an affordable opportunity to grow our business for many years to come.

What was the motivation for starting your company?
To supply affordable mobile apps to everyone