Volta Air takes $110k top prize at Innovate BC-New Ventures competition

Annual awards handed out $275,000 in cash and prizes

Volta Air has developed all-electric, zero-emission cooling units for local delivery vehicles that can keep products inside chilled without running the vehicles’ engines | Photo: Volta Air

A Richmond-based company specializing in keeping food and beverages cool inside delivery trucks has taken the top prize at the Innovate BC-New Ventures competition.

Volta Air Technologies is walking away with $110,00 in prize money following the Monday (September 24) awards at the Telus World of Science.

The company produces all-electric, zero-emission cooling units for local delivery vehicles that can keep products inside chilled without running the vehicles’ engines.

Other winners include Cyberdontics Inc., a startup from the Interior developing an advanced dental drill; and Vancouver-based Medimap, which is reducing wait times at walk-in clinics.

Cyberdontics and Medimap received prize packages valued at $60,000 and $35,000, respectively.

Other winners include CRM GeoTomography Technologies Inc. ($20,000 B.C. resource industry prize package), Careteam Technologies Inc. ($17,000 Vancity social venture prize package) and Quupe Technologies Inc. ($6,000 B.C. Tech Association growth programs prize package).

Cyberydontics also received an additional $10,000 Innovate BC top regional startup prize package and a $15,000 CDRD life sciences prize package.

The 18th annual competition helped kicked off Vancouver Startup Week, running through to September 28.

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