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University has strong presence at 2013 TEC VenturePrize Awards

UToday HomeMay 2, 2013

By Meghan Ockey

Orpyx Medical Technologies wins the VenturePrize Fast Growth category.Orpyx Medical Technologies wins the VenturePrize Fast Growth category.The 2013 TEC VenturePrize Awards highlighted work being done by some of the top innovators in Alberta. It was a pair of University of Calgary graduates who shone brightest at the event, taking home two of the most coveted awards. Calgary-based companies Orpyx Medical Technologies and StrokeLink were honoured for their achievements in innovation.

Medical doctor and MBA student Breanne Everett accepted the prize for her company, Orpyx Medical Technologies, for the 2013 TEC VenturePrize Business Plan Competition. The medical technology company is dedicated to providing sensory replacement systems for diabetics with loss of foot sensation. For their continued work, they took home top honours in the Fast Growth category and a prize worth $100,000 in cash and services.

“We are absolutely elated to have been awarded this year's TEC VenturePrize Fast Growth grand prize,” says Everett. “We could not be happier with the support we have received from the Alberta tech community, and this is really the culmination of that backing.”

The Screeners’ Award of Merit (SAM) was awarded to StrokeLink, a mobile application that provides tools and recovery programs to stroke survivors and their families. Co-founder and chief innovation officer for StrokeLink, Morgan Moe, received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. The SAM Award encourages its winner to further develop a business plan for resubmission to next year’s awards.

"Winning the SAM Award at Venture Prize is a step in the right direction for StrokeLink,” says Moe.  “We have worked really hard to get to where we are today and are motivated by the enthusiasm and support of the judges, mentors and organizers of VenturePrize."

TEC VenturePrize is a province-wide business plan competition that recognizes and awards Alberta’s top innovative, high-tech startup companies. Calgary TEC VenturePrize participants can attend the Innovator’s Toolkit workshops available from Innovate Calgary to provide coaching, mentoring and the tools necessary to develop a strong plan of action for startups.

Now in its 11th year, VenturePrize accepted a record 26 entries in its Fast Growth business plan competition. Eight student competitors were finalists, having won regional student VenturePrize competitions held at post-secondary institutions throughout Alberta. To learn more about the program, visit


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