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Date: April 29, 2008

UVic Takes Awards At Entrepreneurial Competition

UVic students and faculty are 10 of the 16 winners of the University of Victoria Innovation and Development Corporation’s (IDC) new entrepreneurial competition for student visionaries and researchers throughout Vancouver Island.

The “Ideas Competition” has challenged faculty, staff and students at UVic, Camosun College, North Island College (NIC), Malaspina University-College (MUC), Royal Roads University (RRU) and the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health (QACC) to formulate their ideas, engage with other entrepreneurs on Vancouver Island and compete for over $18,000 in cash prizes while having lots of fun. The first place winners in each category receive a prize of $1000, and the second place winners receive $500 prizes. The winner of the Best Overall Idea Award has won $2000.

The winners are:

Best Overall Idea
1. Knee Flexion Contracture Prosthesis, E. John Ujfalysi, VIHA-QACC

Best Staff/Faculty Idea
1. Knee Flexion Contracture Prosthesis, E. John Ujfalysi, VIHA-QACC
2. Smart Park Composting System, Maureen Bradley, UVic
3. Alternative Lighting System for African Secondary Schools, Raymond Penner, MUC

Best Sports Related Idea
1. Mini-Tru Portable Truing Tool, Chris Wells, Camosun
2. Hydration-System Compatible Wet Suit (HSC Wet Suit), Travis Baker, UVic

Best New Business Idea
1. SoundBytes, Inc., Jon Yellowlees, UVic, Graeme Yamagishi, UVic
2. Carbon Dollars, Daniel Lafferty, UVic

Best Health Related Idea
1. StepWise, Kai Hesser, UVic, Daniela Alusik, UVic
2. MICRO for Preemies, Jaimie Smith-Windsor, UVic

Best New Innovation
1. Diesel Exhaust Filtration System, Trevor Davis, Camosun
2. Demand Water Heater, Daniel Perera, Camosun

Best Tourism Idea
1. Mountainu.com, Jared Skoreyko, Camosun, Mark Milburn, UVic
2. The Music Festival Guide, Sara Taylor, UVic

Best E-Idea
1. Social Charity Website, Casey Bolton, UVic, Craig Kelemen, UVic
2. StudyBunny, Ryan Hayes, UVic, Gordon Cassie, UVic

The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday, April 29 at the Vancouver Island Technical Park. For more information visit www.idcideas.ca.

IDC is the link between UVic’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni, their inventions and innovations, and the marketplace. Its mandate is to move research into the public and private sectors through partnerships, licensing of technologies, and the formation of new spin-off companies.
Media contacts:
Broderick Albright (Innovation and Development Corporation) at 250-472-4378 or albright@uvic.ca

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