Grow microgreens, leafy greens, and mushrooms at home with close to zero effort

Grow microgreens, leafy greens, and mushrooms at home with close to zero effort

No green thumb or balcony needed for Tek and Grow’s Smart In-Home garden that makes gardening in urban areas simple and convenient.

Vancouver, B.C, March 10, 2021, Tek and Grow launched its Smart In-Home Garden in December and already has a growing number of pre-sales. Customers are located all over the globe living in major cities within the U.S, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Vietnam.

The trend of rapid urbanization creates more and more densely populated cities where space for gardening is hard to find. The UN predicts that over 68 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, with approximately 2.5 billion people living in cities (UN, 2018). In the U.S. and Canada, millions of people live in apartments and condominiums with limited gardening space. Urban planners and agricultural leaders have argued that with the growing population, increasing pollution, and rising food prices, cities need to produce food locally (Kheir Al-Kodmany, 2018). Vertical farming is one solution that will help society adjust to urbanization.

“Households in busy cities often have less time and space for gardening. Tek and Grow Smart In-Home Gardens will supply fresh and nutritious vegetables and mushrooms from “farm to table”. My company is able to offer a solution that uses less time, less space, and little to no effort at an efficient cost”

— Phong Thanh Thai, Founder

Tek and Grow has developed an affordable and fully automated garden system that make it effortless to grow plants 365 days a year, even in the busiest urban households. Watering, lighting, and nutrients are all auto-regulated, so all owners have to do is collect the fresh and nutritious harvest when it is ready. Input costs are low since the system is not dependent on smart-soil. Tek and Grow gardens are also suitable for growing cordyceps militaris, a popular mushroom that is often used in Asian dishes. There is currently no other solution on the market that is able to cultivate cordyceps militaris.

The reaction to the pre-sales offer of Tek and Grow’s convenient indoor garden has been overwhelmingly positive. In response to this high demand, Tek and Grow is actively hastening the final R&D phase of the product as to ship its first Smart In-Home Gardens in January 2022.

“I like the design concept of the garden. Besides its utilitarian functions, Tek and Grow’s Smart In-Home Gardens are also environmentally friendly and easy to operate at home according to the technical specifications posted on the website. I am looking forward to it in 2022!”

— Kai-Dong Zhang, Customer

About TT Vancouver Tek and Grow Inc.

Founded in 2019, TT Vancouver Tek and Grow Inc. is focusing on developing Smart In-Home Gardens, which allow busy urban households to grow their favourite fresh and nutritious green and mushrooms in the comfort of their own home with little to no effort.

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Contact Information

Phong Thanh Thai – Founder & CEO
Email:              [email protected]

Address:    420-744 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5, Canada

Website: https://www.tekandgrow.ca/

Refer HR – Find talent. Save money. Get rewards.

Refer HR – Find talent. Save money. Get rewards.

Referral-based employment app, Refer HR, launches providing cash incentives to job seekers and network referrers

Vancouver, B.C, March 8, 2021 – Terrific news from another startup in incubation at Empowered Startups. Refer HR is excited to announce the launch of its job recruitment app on Monday March 8, 2021. As companies rebound from COVID-19 and start hiring, there is a better way to find high quality candidates. Research indicates that the best employees come through referrals. Refer HR uses this time-tested way to intelligently match job opportunities with high-quality candidates.
“It’s not about the money that a company can spend to hire a candidate, it’s about finding the right fit.”

— Billy So, Founder and CEO

Refer HR is the future of HR and transforming the way people look for work.

Job Seekers get paid for getting a job

Yeah, you read that right! Earn a cash incentive of 1% of your yearly pay if you are hired through Refer HR. Find your dream job by searching our comprehensive collection of career opportunities—or sit back and let your peers refer you.

Referrers turn your connections into cash

With Refer HR, anyone can be a recruiter. Search thousands of jobs in your industry and recommend your peers. You’ll earn cash incentives of 5% of the total yearly compensation package if your candidates are hired…and finally get your one friend off your couch and back into the workforce. Watch your circle grow as you connect your colleagues, classmates and coworkers with companies looking for qualified candidates.

Employers find better candidates for less

Cut down on search time by trusting the people who know your industry inside and out to recommend top talent from their own networks. Referred candidates are 55% faster to hire than employees sourced through traditional career sites. Get better candidates for less than the price tag of traditional recruitment agencies with our reliable, cost-effective peer recommendation model.

Create an account to start your search

Join the fastest-growing online professional network and start earning rewards today. Refer HR is the only online professional network you need. Whether you’re looking to fill an open position, find a new job or connect with an old classmate, you can do it all in one convenient location. You might even make some cash while you’re at it!

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About Refer HR / Blist Jobs Inc.

Blist Jobs Inc, founded in 2019, is an innovator in the employment technology and recruiting industries.

Refer HR, its first product, is an easy-to-use referral platform that intelligently matches opportunities with high-quality candidates.

REFER HR

Contact Information

Billy So – CEO
Email:              [email protected]

Kobe Tang – Business Development Manager
Email:              [email protected]

Address:    420-744 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5

Website: https://www.referhr.net/

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Empowered’s Learning Platform Receives Prestigious Awards

Empowered’s Learning Platform Receives Prestigious Awards

Our Entrepreneurship learning and workplace platform was just awarded two Silver 2020 LearnX Awards! The first award was for the “Best Shift In Online,” and the second was for “Best Learning and Capability.” A huge congratulations to the entire Empowered Startups Team and our partner Leara.ca, who worked diligently over the past two years to imagine, build and deploy this state-of-the-art online learning opportunity.  

“Our innovative and dynamic learning platform allows us to bring Startup to everyone – including transnational entrepreneurs, secondary students, indigenous communities and many more.  It is especially relevant during these ever-changing times when on-site learning is not always an option, and when entrepreneurship and change-making is front and centre to societal goals, “ says Naheed Henderson – CEO at Empowered Startups Global Startup Accelerator. 

The LearnX Live! Awards are an international awards program that recognizes multiple fields within learning, development and talent management across the corporate, education and public-service sectors worldwide. Each year the Awards uncover incredible projects and solutions that deliver best practice and business value. It is a complete honour to be listed among previous winners to the likes of Pepsi, Volkswagen, Shell, McDonalds and Toyota. 

Innovative Technology to Monitor Concrete Health Receives Two-Year Mitacs Research Grant

Innovative Technology to Monitor Concrete Health Receives Two-Year Mitacs Research Grant

VANCOUVER, Jul.15, 2020 – Canada Concrete MRI Inc. (Concrete MRI), a startup in incubation at Empowered Startups Ltd, is honoured to announce that its collaborative research project with Simon Fraser University (SFU) – School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering – is being partially supported through a $160,000 two-year grant from the Mitacs Accelerate Program. This grant enables Concrete MRI to conduct further research supporting the development of an intelligent device to monitor concrete quality.

About Concrete MRI

Concrete MRI is committed to offering the best solution in monitoring concrete quality in buildings and infrastructure by developing a revolutionary device based on an Intelligent Piezoelectric Transduction system that allows real time monitoring. It provides a time and cost advantage for structural engineers, real estate developers, and civil and infrastructure maintenance services. A key feature of the innovative new Piezoelectric system is that it does not require any direct access to concrete sites.

“Many civil infrastructure projects and buildings globally would benefit from having a state-of-the-art device that can identify anomalies in concrete on a real-time basis. This will significantly reduce costs and workforce requirements to monitor concrete quality. We have been searching for a suitable partner to help design and improve this idea. Fortunately, we have found this valuable partner at Simon Fraser University – School of Mechatronics Systems Engineering. I believe that through collaboration with SFU’s School of Mechatronics System Engineering and Mitacs, we will be able to reach our fullest potential to develop an innovative solution to the global concrete monitoring problem.” – Hoang Nhan Nguyen, CEO/Founder Concrete MRI.

“This project is a great example of utilizing modern technology to develop smart civil structures that outperform existing ones in terms of safety and performance. Current civil structures are mainly passive, requiring regular manual inspections that can miss certain catastrophic structural failures. Concrete MRI utilizes advanced signal processing and intelligent algorithms (machine intelligence), along with reliable sensor and actuator technologies, to develop innovative civil structures that are empowered with real-time self-monitoring and fault diagnostics features.” – Dr. Mehrdad Moallem, Professor, SFU – School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering

The research will create an intelligent monitoring device that is expected to have a significant role in improving the safety of future building structures and infrastructure systems.

Concrete has the highest consumption rate among all manufactured materials, which is even higher than any other artificial content. Concrete is the material of choice for many critical civil structures and infrastructure, such as dams, bridges, tunnels, skyscrapers, hospitals, schools, public buildings and concrete-based transport infrastructure, due to its affordability, flexibility and energy efficiency. Many desirable properties of concrete, such as the ability to cast into virtually any shape or form, allow design liberty and almost infinite variety of applications, low production cost, relatively high compression strength. It is a crucial material widely used in the civil/ infrastructure field; therefore, control of its quality is highly critical.

However, it is not a simple job to check the concrete quality at the joint areas between beams, columns, slabs, and foundation areas backfilled by soil. Furthermore, in various situations, one would like to check the concrete quality in foundation areas after disasters happen, for example, after earthquakes or fires. Monitoring concrete quality in real-time is a significant concern.

The project goal is to develop a smart concrete testing mechanism, based on piezoelectric transduction devices embedded in critical points in a concrete structure at the time of construction. Another attractive feature of the innovation will be its capability to transfer all data to an end-user in real-time through Wi-Fi, 3G/4G signals. Therefore, the user is able to check concrete quality in real-time, anytime, and anywhere, without the requirement of direct access to the construction site area.

About Concrete MRI

Concrete MRI, founded in 2019, is a pioneer for technical innovation in concrete quality monitoring for civil, industrial and infrastructure systems. We create and develop smart, cost-effective, and human power-saving solutions to monitor concrete quality. We imagine and build technology to enable users to monitor concrete quality in real-time anytime, anywhere, without the requirement of direct access to the construction site area.

Contact information

CEO/Founder: Hoang Nhan Nguyen (Jerome)

Email:  [email protected], [email protected]

Address:  Suite 420-744 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5, Canada

www.concretemri-can.com

BMTT Fresh Technologies Inc. Receives Two-Year Mitacs Research Grant

BMTT Fresh Technologies Inc. Receives Two-Year Mitacs Research Grant

BMTT Fresh Technologies Inc. receives two-year Mitacs research grant to develop packaging for waterless shipping of shrimp

 VANCOUVER, Jun. 1, 2020 – BMTT Fresh Technologies Inc. (BMTT Fresh), a startup in incubation at Empowered Startups Ltd, is excited to announce a collaborative research project with University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Faculty of Land and Food Systems has been approved for a $120,000 two-year grant from the Mitacs Accelerate Program. This grant enables BMTT Fresh to conduct further research in developing its cold anesthetization and packaging technologies for waterless transportation of commercial live shrimp.

About the BMTT Fresh / UBC partnership

BMTT Fresh ensures consumers have access to fresh and healthy seafood by providing commercial processing and packaging solutions for the seafood industry. It is currently focused on developing an effective method for transporting live shrimp in a waterless environment without significant losses or the use of chemicals and preservatives in processing.

BMTT Fresh is excited to work in collaboration with the Food Science Group within the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia (UBC). UBC’s Food Science program is internationally recognized for its valuable collaborations in research related to process science, safety, and toxicology.

“Transporting live shrimp in waterless environments is still a relatively new practice in need of innovation. We have been searching for the right partner to take a science-based approach in improving our current processes. Fortunately, we have found that partner in UBC’s Food Science Group. With the skilled-researchers and modern facilities at UBC, we can work together to find solutions that will enable us to help our customers get fresh seafood at an affordable price.” – Hoang Phuong Dang, CEO of BMTT Fresh Technologies Inc.

The faculty within the UBC Food Science group is known for taking an interdisciplinary approach in addressing research problems related to a sustainable and safe food supply. BMTT Fresh sees this as an important value in developing cost-effective practical solutions.

“The outcome of this project has the potential to significantly improve the value of seafood products as well as improve the quality and shelf-life of shrimp products. By developing a new packaging technique, we aim to reduce the transportation cost of shrimp globally. Working with BMTT Fresh also enables the researchers and students in my lab to gain experiences in aquatic food industry, which has been extensively growing in Canada in the recent years.” – Dr. Xiaonan Lu, Associate Professor, Food Science; UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Research will result in a more financially and environmentally sustainable seafood industry

By improving survival rates of transporting live shrimp without the costs from shipping water weight, the seafood industry will be better able to profitably meet the demand for live seafood and increase the range for which it can be shipped. This will improve profitability for the industry while simultaneously providing consumers with new choices and affordable prices.

In addition, there is an opportunity for a more sustainable fishing industry as result of less waste from improved survival rates and fewer CO2 emissions from a reduction in shipping water weight.

This applied research will serve as a bridge between lab research and industry practices. With the end benefits being a more profitable industry for small producers, lower prices for consumers, and a healthier planet.

Current solutions to transport live shrimp limit market accessibility and have low survival rates

There is a large demand for live shrimp. Typically, it sells at a premium of $5 – $15 per kilogram higher than its frozen equivalents1.

However, the present method of transporting live shrimp limits market accessibility as after 15 hours in transport a very low percentage survive. Furthermore, there is large variability in the survival rate, which makes it difficult for growers, traders, and buyers to determine order quantities. Overall, this dramatically increases industry costs and results in unmet consumer demand and high prices.

By developing a low-cost method for transporting live shrimp that still ensures high survival rates, producers will be able to expand into new markets and more consumers will be able to afford live shrimp.

About BMTT Fresh Technologies Inc.

BMTT Fresh Technologies, founded in 2019, is an innovator in processing and packaging technologies for the seafood industry. We develop cost-effective and practical solutions for the commercial shipping of seafood that benefit the whole supply chain from fishers and farmers to consumers.

Contact Information

Hoang Phuong Dang – CEO

Email:              [email protected]

Address:          420-744 West Hastings Street

Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5

Website:         https://bmtt.ca/

References

  1. Salin, K.R. (2005). Live transportation of Macrobrachium rosenbergii (De Man) in chilled sawdust. Aquaculture Research36, 300-310.
  2. Seafood Watch. (2018). Coldwater shrimp.
  3. S. International Trade Commission. (2017). Frozen warmwater shrimp from Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  4. The Voice of Vietnam. (2018). Vietnam dominates Canada’s shrimp market.
  5. (2015). Responsible sourcing guide: marine warm water prawn.

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Empowered Startups Welcomes Gokhan Basaran to the Team

Empowered Startups Welcomes Gokhan Basaran to the Team

We are excited to welcome Gokhan Basaran to the Empowered Startups team as a Startup Leader. Gokhan brings with him a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, a startup mentor and advisor, as well as international business development, and sales and marketing leadership. “Gokhan’s diverse experience in international markets will add great value to our entrepreneurs building Canadian businesses to compete on a global scale,” says Chris Lennon Empowered Startups’ President and General Counsel.

Gökhan is a marketing leader with 11+ years’ international business development and product marketing experience managing portfolios ranging from $15-$60M and leading sales and marketing teams. He is known for developing go-to-market and expansion strategies with hands-on experience in building and launching new brands in international markets. He has a proven track record as a brand builder and product marketer.

Before his role at Empowered Startups, he worked as a venture advisor at the Creative Destruction Lab – West in Vancouver. He mentored various scale-up companies on business development and establishing go-to-market strategies. He has over 11 years of experience in the electrical home appliances industry, where he held several roles in different business units like sales, marketing, brand and product management.

Gokhan is a mechanical engineer and has an MBA degree from the UBC Sauder School of Business.