Introducing Your 2019 Best Innovation Award Top 10 Semi-Finalists

One of the biggest strengths of any successful business is their ability to come up with new ideas to keep operations, products and services fresh. Our Best Innovation Award recognizes a business that develops advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in B.C. This business contributes to making the province a strong and rapidly growing innovation economy, and is creating a positive impact in their industry and community. The award is judged on the following criteria:

  • Innovation: This business supports research and development to create advanced and innovative technology concepts, products, methods and services.
  • Adoption: It demonstrates how the adoption of their technology has positively impacted the way organizations or industries are doing business. This impact is apparent through elements such as increases in efficiency, revenue and economic development.
  • Collaboration: This business works with partners and organizations to promote the commercialization of advanced and innovative technology in BC.

Last year’s winners, Ava Technologies (pictured above), are the pioneers behind the AVA Byte, an AI-enabled smart indoor garden equipped with revolutionary sensors. Think Nespresso for gardening, meets Apple design, with a Tesla-like auto growing software. Who will take the crown in 2019? Here are your Top 10 Semi-Finalists for Best Innovation Award:

Enercheez, Nelson

Enercheez is 100% dehydrated cheese snack with one ingredient… cheese. Once opened, it’s like any other dehydrated product and can remain unrefrigerated if stored in a cool dark place.

Coulson Ice Blast, Port Alberni

After serving in World War 2, Cliff Coulson returned to his roots in British Columbia, Canada where he began working in the Forest Industry in 1934. After working various jobs in the industry, Cliff founded Coulson Forest Products Ltd. in 1960. Under the leadership of Cliff’s son, Wayne Coulson, what was once a small logging company has evolved into a conglomerate of companies working in a variety of industries including aviation, lumber manufacturing, logging, and gaming.

Lift Startups, Comox

LIFT is an award-winning network that’s connecting & promoting entrepreneurs on Vancouver Island.

The Self Publishing Agency, North Vancouver

The Self Publishing Agency loves storytellers. If you’re a writer who wants to become an author, they’re the agency to turn your story into a book and help share it with the world.

Mommy Brain Creatives Inc. Vancouver

Mommy Brain Creatives Inc. is a Canadian run company that creates sanity-saving products with the modern mom in mind – moms who are housekeepers, chefs, taxi-drivers, referees, teachers, and more, all wrapped up in one. They recognize, and appreciate that these are busy, hardworking and amazing women who deserve to have products that make their lives easier, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

AirGMS, Vancouver

AirGMS is  a suite of Airbnb management vacation rental software that works smarter so that owners don’t have to work harder. They manage over 20,000 listings in almost 50 countries around the world.

M·Y·O Cosmetic Cases, Surrey

Recognizing that the standard makeup bag was in need of a makeover, M.Y.O gave it a drastic overhaul and created the M·Y·O Cosmetic Case. The M·Y·O Cosmetic Clutch Kit, and Pro-Kit, signals a new era in “on-the-go” beauty, and “on-the-job” efficiency for Makeup Artists.

GotHire, Vancouver

GotHire is a Vancouver based software startup with the aim of helping businesses overcome hiring issues by building tools to help HR professionals and business owners. They set out to create a seamless experience that would increase hiring efficiency and cut down time-to-hire utilizing AI technology to stay ahead of the curve.

GenomeMe Lab Inc. Richmond

GenomeMe Lab Inc. is a diagnostic company making cancer diagnosis and treatment options more accessible worldwide. Their antibodies specifically stain and identify cancer cells. Think of GenomeMe as the universal ink manufacturer for biomedical printers that diagnose, characterize, and even provide appropriate treatment options.

Traction Guest, Burnaby

Traction Guest is the developer of a cloud-based visitor management system that moves beyond lobby check-in to provide a fully-integrated platform with unparalleled security and data analytics.

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The Small Business BC Awards Gala will bring together over 600 small business owners, supporters, providers and government officials to network at a glittering reception and enjoy a three-course dinner, as we announce the winners of this year’s awards.

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