Vertigrow, Aero Tri, and Trial Guardian are selected for the OTTN Start-up Garage

Start-up Garage is an Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) initiative, in partnership with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Centre for Commercialisation of Research, which provides post secondary students with the opportunity to start their own company. Among the fifteen applications received by OTTN, three have been selected for the 2011 Start-up Garage program. These include Vertigrow, Trial Guardian and Aero Tri.

OTTN provides $18,000 each to the three teams, in addition to office and meeting space, mentoring, and access to business experts. Through the rigorous selection process, the three teams demonstrated an aptitude for entrepreneurship, as well as products that address a real need.

The Vertigrow team includes Duane van Gaalen, Thanos Drivas and Luc Lendrum. Their vertical garden will be used to improve the modern workplace. Studies suggest that their system may reduce employee absenteeism by 20%, and improve productivity by 12%.

The Trial Guardian team members are Hanna Farah, Mireille Nassrallah and Nicolas Ellaham. Their product allows the pharmaceutical industry to more effectively verify the eligibility of people who participate in clinical trials. In doing so, it reduces the cost of the trials, while improving the safety for those who volunteer for them.

The Aero Tri team is made up of François-Xavier Bonneville, Antoine Schryer and Matthew Conley. Their product will improve the performance of triathlon athletes by reducing the aerodynamic drag effect, resulting in time savings of up to 25 minutes over an Ironman distance. This has a greater impact than any single device currently used.

“The OTTN is pleased to be able to help these University of Ottawa students start their own companies through the summer of 2011” explains Joe Irvine, of the University of Ottawa’s Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office. “We hope that through the Start-up Garage program, the students will enjoy great success with their companies and in their careers.”

About Ottawa Technology Transfer Network
The Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) is a collaboration among academic research institutions affiliated with the University of Ottawa and who's goal is to enhance the economic impact of research commercialization through the sharing of best practices, enhanced market knowledge, student engagement and proactive industrial interation. OTTN members include the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institutie (OHRI), the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Unviversity of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)

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