First Prize Winner
Hiretheworld.com makes it easy and inexpensive for new to mid-sized businesses to find, employ, manage and pay an on-demand geographically dispersed workforce. Employers can hire a single freelancer for a specific job or a crowd of competitive freelancers for a creative job.
Solegear Bioplastics Inc.
Second Prize, BC Hydro Sustainability Prize and BCIC Economic Impact Prize Winner
SOLEGEAR Bioplastics Inc. is revolutionizing the plastics industry with two new high-performance bioplastics: Polysole and Traverse. Polysole is a 100 per cent natural, non-toxic and biodegradable plastic for making products ranging from sippy cups to medical equipment to toys. Traverse, made of recycled or virgin plastic combined with natural fibers such as wood, rice husks, hemp or bamboo, can be used in a variety of injection-molded products such as deck chairs, automotive parts and electronics.
Quadrogen Power Systems
Third Prize and BC Bioenergy Network Prize Winner
Quadrogen Power Systems’ new Integrated Biogas Clean-Up System (IBCS) removes the contaminants found in biogas, which is created from the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter such as sewage, manure and green waste. IBCS improves the life, reliability and financial returns of waste-to-energy plants while reducing their environmental impact.