NORCAT Innovation’s programs, services and facilities are designed to help start, build and grow your business. Whether you’re still in the ideation stage or ready to scale, we can help!
Take a minute to look through a few of our success stories to learn more about how we can help your startup grow and succeed.
Dr. Clean Inc. is a Sudbury based cleaning company servicing all of Northern Ontario’s janitorial, vehicle detailing, graffiti removal, industrial cleaning and post construction cleaning needs. Founded in 2013 with a vision to provide the City of Sudbury with a one-of a kind, on-site car detailing service, Dr. Clean now employs over 75 qualified team members and is committed to delivering the highest level of service.
In the spring of 2013, then full time Business Administration student Keegan Bradley approached NORCAT with his vision of establishing a unique venture offering customers both interior and exterior vehicle cleaning at any location of their choice. NORCAT connected Keegan with multiple mentors with experience and success in the fields of marketing, sales and finance, who provided support in market research and funding strategies. In 2016, Dr. Clean was awarded the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Bell Business Excellence Awards.
Since 1998, Dura21 has developed products that have been used and adopted across the continent in a multitude of industries including mining, forestry, manufacturing, and oil and gas. Dura21’s signature blue parts are now recognized industry-wide as stronger, longer-lasting, and more reliable.
Dura21’s proprietary technology has dramatically extended the life of pipes and fittings used throughout the global mining industry. By applying their patented Duragenic Process, Dura21 has revolutionized the market by significantly enhancing the durability and longevity of metal parts—in some cases, lasting up to 15 times longer than current comparable industry standards. Customers of Dura21 benefit from reduced inventory costs, fewer work stoppages, and dramatic increases in workplace productivity.
In 2012, Dura21 formed a partnership with Krucker Manufacturing, another NORCAT resident, allowing them to enhance their process with additional proprietary techniques. The relationship resulted from both companies occupying adjacent space in the NORCAT Centre. The culture of knowledge sharing and collaboration that resonates in the NORCAT “clubhouse” is the single reason that Dura21 was able to form this meaningful partnership.
FloSonics Medical is a venture-backed start-up that develops and commercializes wearable sensors, which improve clinical management of critically ill patients inside and outside of the hospital. Our FloPatch technology enables real-time functional hemodynamic monitoring for patients requiring cardiopulmonary and fluid resuscitation. In the fall of 2015, FloSonics’ four cofounders approached NORCAT Innovation with their idea for the FloPatch. The group worked together with NORCAT to validate the need for the FloPatch technology, and subsequently received initial funding through NORCAT’s Innovation Acceleration Program to support the planning, development and testing of the FloPatch prototype.
As a client, FloSonics also utilized the program offerings and in-house expert advice offered by NORCAT Innovation, connecting with multiple mentors with experience in the field of medicine, product development, finance and startup growth. FloSonics’ connection with NORCAT Innovation also led to the formation of a relationship with both the NORCAT Innovation Mill Angels (NIMA) and the Northern Ontario Angels (NOA), who coached the team to a successful pitch that aided in the further development of a proof-of-concept device In the face of their success, the services provided through NORCAT Innovation remains a stand-out for the Sudbury-based FloSonics founders.
With 25 years of experience, Jannatec Technologies is leading the way as one of the preferred communication solution providers of total wireless networks to mines in Canada and throughout the world. Its Jannatec JET Lab and the Jannatec Edge of Technology house engineering staff, technologists, and technicians that are redefining communications in the mining industry.
Jannatec specializes in the development and deployment of a variety of dynamic communications devices. Its uniquely designed cap lamps are light-weight, longer-lasting, and incorporate two-way radio systems, RF identification tags, and collision avoidance technology that works with miners, heavy equipment, and vehicles.
Jannatec credits NORCAT’s Underground Centre for allowing meaningful and practical testing and showcasing of its technology in an operating mine environment – a Centre situated in Sudbury that is unique to the global mining industry. Above ground at the NORCAT Centre, it’s the cluster of informative individuals, mentors, and expertise under one roof that has supported Jannatec in their growth and development in new lines of products.
Bringing global experience in product development and mining software used in over 50 countries, Minalytix has grown from two people sharing a desk at NORCAT to a modern office space with a dozen employees in only a few short years. The company’s logo, the meteorite, pays homage to Sudbury and its deep roots as the world’s leading mining cluster.
Minalytix is a disruptive force in developing industry-leading mining and exploration software. The company specializes in cutting-edge software and techniques that are bringing new ideas to the mining industry. It offers expertise that integrates and maximizes existing software, analytics, and big data. When that software does not exist, they are also capable of building their own data collection tools to solve the problem.
Minalytix has taken full advantage of everything the NORCAT Innovation Mill offers. Exposure to customer prospects, innovation round-tables, industry connections, and links to government funding partners have all been vital to the growth and future of the company. The Innovation Mill’s flexibility and access to exceptional mentors have made it a leader in bringing entrepreneurs and expertise to the region.
Plan A Long Term Care Staffing and Recruitment was founded in 2011 when owner Sheri Tomchick recognized the need for a staffing solution in long term care homes. By providing local nurses and personal support workers with short-term employment shifts in long-term care facilities throughout the Sudbury area, Plan A ensured long term residents were cared for and employees of the homes were supported.
Using their own proprietary automated scheduling technology StaffStat, the company has seen significant growth in a small period of time and now employs 400 experienced health care professionals in 14 Ontario locations.
Sheri was the winner of NORCAT’s inaugural PITCH competition in 2014, and went on to receive the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Bell Business Excellence Awards and 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year at the Influential Women of Northern Ontario Awards.
Born out of the challenges that occur in a regular day in the staffing industry, StaffStat was founded in 2012 as a simple, quick and effective way to get shifts covered. Initially conceived as a solution for filling sick calls in the healthcare industry – an industry with a 100% higher absentee rate than any other – StaffStat’s technology allows employers to connect with all staff at once, using multiple notification options. StaffStat allows shifts to be covered in seconds, from anywhere, at anytime, optimizing patient-to-staff ratios and reducing stress on front health care workers.
StaffStat was the winner of NORCAT’s inaugural PITCH competition in 2014, and used the momentum and recognition to begin to commercialize. In 2017, StaffStat was awarded the Innovation Award at the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce Bell Business Excellence Awards.
Founded in 2008, Symboticware specializes in combined software/hardware solutions for real-time gathering, transmitting, and analyzing of data generated by equipment in the field. Its ruggedized hardware and sensors collect data for improved safety and productivity in surface and underground mines.
In a short time, Symboticware has expanded to more than a dozen employees and tripled its workspace. The company is changing the way global mining operators communicate underground. Providing immediate data collection and analytics, Symboticware’s technology allows for better and more informed decisions leading to enhanced productivity, sustainability, profitability, and safety. Its task management software allows miners working underground to transmit information instantaneously and interact with operators thousands of feet above ground. Mining is now more efficient, productive, and safer.
Symboticware’s utilization of the NORCAT Underground Centre was similar to having access to an “active laboratory”. The Underground Centre, situated in Sudbury, is unique in the world and a key anchor that demonstrates the global eminence of the mining technology cluster. Beyond development and testing activities, the networking opportunities and exposure to investors and networks outside of Sudbury has allowed Symboticware to showcase, sell, and promote its digital mining solutions to a global audience.
Since 2003, TesMan’s mandate has been to make mines safer. With experience and expertise proven on four continents, the Sudbury-based company has built an industry-wide reputation for innovation and problem solving.
Specializing in consulting and product development, TesMan applies its mining and mechanical engineering expertise, along with robotics and software applications, to create proprietary and patentable solutions for both shallow and ultra-deep extraction environments. By gathering and analyzing data, TesMan designs unique solutions using a combination of technology and consulting services. Those solutions are then built, implemented, and shared world-wide.
Access to NORCAT’s Underground Centre has enabled TesMan to develop and patent technologies with the potential to revolutionize how companies mine underground. The ability to develop, test, refine, and showcase this technology in an operating mine has allowed TesMan to rapidly advance and scale as a company. Being headquartered at NORCAT in Sudbury, the world’s leading mining technology cluster, has allowed the company to network with industry professionals, academic leaders, and recruit key talent.