TheoTech Solutions Ltd. announces major design partnership for its lifesaving solution: EvacCompass

TheoTech Solutions Ltd. announces major design partnership for its lifesaving solution: EvacCompass


Vancouver, B.C — TheoTech Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce its partnership with Essential Designs Ltd. to create the interface for its lifesaving app: EvacCompass. EvacCompass is a comprehensive fire and smoke detection alarm system for multi-unit residential buildings. It features a mobile app that not only alerts residents to a potential danger, but also provides the safest route to exit the building by using real-time information about the nature and location of the danger by interpretating data from heat sensors, smoke detectors, and cameras. This information is also relayed to municipal fire departments, which enables them to faster assist those who may be in danger.

Design partnership provides foundation for working with fire departments and property managers

TheoTech Solutions Ltd. is excited to work with Essential Designs on the initial concept design for the mobile app. This design incorporates months of feedback from various stakeholders and will begin a new phase of feedback and testing with fire departments, property managers, and multiunit residents.

“We are excited to work on this project with a developer like Essential Designs. They have done several successful builds on projects that have social impact and address safety, so it was a natural fit. Going forward we have the foundational designs that we will use to get feedback from fire departments and property managers. It will take all stakeholders to realize our goal.”
— Ivan Siu, CEO of TheoTech Solutions Ltd.

Essential Designs is an app developer experienced in developing solutions that seamlessly integrate with emergency services. In 2020, Essential Designs created the interface for the Lifeguard app, which British Columbia Emergency Health Services uses to protect drug users by alerting ambulance drivers of potential overdoses.

“We are very proud to work EvacCompass. At Essential Designs, we love working with entrepreneurs on new products and ideas.  Bringing new concepts and a vision to life is very rewarding for our team.”
— Scott Jackson, President and Founder of Essential Designs

EvacCompass provides addresses safety concerns in multiunit residential

Increasingly populations are living in multiunit residential buildings rather than single detached houses. For example, data from the 2016 census shows that apartments (44%) outnumber single-detached houses (40%) as the home for Toronto residents. (Campion-Smith) As we live in denser neighbourhoods, we need systems to ensure our collective safety. Through IoT and mobile technologies, we can improve communications to first responders and residents to ensure that in the event of a fire everyone is safe and damages to buildings are minimized.

About TheoTech Solutions Ltd. / EvacCompass

TheoTech Solutions Ltd, founded in 2020, is an innovator in fire protection and life safety products. Ivan Siu, CEO of TheoTech Solutions Ltd, has over 10-years’ experience in fire safety engineering. TheoTech’s first product, EvacCompass, is a mobile app that links the fire alarm and security system with smartphones to provide alerts and safety information in the event of a building evacuation.

Evac Compass

Contact Information

Ivan Siu – CEO
Email:              [email protected]
Address:    420-744 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1A5, Canada



Campion-Smith, Bruce. “More Toronto Residents in Apartments than Detached Houses, Census Finds.”, 3 May 2017, 

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UBC Innovation Grant Awarded to D.I Self-Composite Alloys Inc.

UBC Innovation Grant Awarded to D.I Self-Composite Alloys Inc.


Vancouver, B.C, Jun. 14, 2021 – The pioneering metal technology being developed by D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc., a Vancouver based startup in incubation both at Empowered Startups and [email protected], offers the potential to create lighter and tougher metal components and assemblies.

D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc. is founded by David Funes Rojas and Stefano Fregonese, both Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidates at UBC, and recent recipients of a $10,000 Innovation grant from UBC. This grant provides crucial support D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc. requires to realize their true innovation potential as it will fund continued research and the completion of mechanical tests on the primary self-composite alloy samples under development.

“We are proud to announce this important progress of our venture. Thanks to the funds received we will be able to complete an important milestone for our venture, the proof of concept of our self-composite alloys.” said Stefano Fregonese (Director at D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc.)

The additional funding will allow Rojas and Fregonese to complete the mechanical testing, and prove their thesis: ‘heterogeneous materials can be designed and manufactured using cold-spray additive manufacturing.’ Once proven, this mechanical testing will be a critical step of their innovation journey as the team believes heterogeneous materials have great potential that is yet to be explored and utilized. Heterogeneous materials allow for the combination of mutually exclusive properties in one material; for example an end product with a higher strength and increased pliability. Ultimately, this translates into lighter, safer, and more reliable materials.

About D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc.

D.I. Self-Composite Alloys Inc. develops, designs and manufactures self-composite alloys – highly optimized alloys with heterogeneous structure, designed and built from the microscopic level. They are developing a designing framework free from traditional constraints and assumptions. Their manufacturing approach is an innovative improvement based on thermal spraying additive manufacturing. The venture is focused on scalability, automation, and minimizing waste and energy consumption.

Disruptive Innovation Self-Compositing Alloys Inc

Contact Information

DI-Self Composite Alloys Inc.
Stefano Fregonese – Director
Email:              [email protected]
Phone: +1 778-251-2087


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Brett Sayles

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, 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. 

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



  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.


Empowered Startups Partners with LetzConnect to Introduce Online Entrepreneurial Learning in India

Empowered Startups Partners with LetzConnect to Introduce Online Entrepreneurial Learning in India

LetzConnect Technologies, based in Chennai, India, has recently announced its association with Empowered Startups, a global innovative business incubator headquartered in Canada, with presence in several countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Their partnership will bring an international online program in Entrepreneurial Learning for university and college students in India. The program is 100% digitally delivered with online mentorship and learning activities. It provides an advanced and innovative approach to entrepreneurial learning that students can use to understand, participate and excel in setting up a business venture in a globalized world.

Using this anytime, anywhere online learning program, students will be guided through transforming an idea into a market ready business. Along this guided entrepreneurial journey, students will build skills, connections and mind-shifts that enable them to remain relevant to the future, become the change makers of tomorrow, build remarkable personal profiles, and become job creators instead of job seekers.

While India is considered today as the land of rising entrepreneurship, the youth of the country is yet to be empowered with the tools and techniques to validate their ideas in a zero-risk sandbox environment before launching a venture. The partnership will allow LetzConnect to extend entrepreneurial learning across its expansive network of college and university students, enhancing the students’ ability to launch viable business ventures. LetzConnect would hold distribution rights via its flagship platform and help reach this unique program out to academic institutions in the country.

Speaking on the partnership, Naheed Henderson, CEO of Global Startup Accelerator program at Empowered Startups, commented, “As a leader in global Startup incubation, we are excited to partner with LetzConnect to bring our state-of-the-art and globally recognized Young Empowered Startuppers (YES) entrepreneurial learning program to students in India and beyond. Working together, our online learning innovations will bring immediate and globally relevant opportunities to students in India.”

“LetzConnect focuses on digitizing college and university campuses, providing students with a platform for academic learning and advanced skill development towards enhanced employability outcomes. With the Empowered Startup partnership, our students can now go through great upskilling opportunities in entrepreneurial development, following which there will be a world of possibilities awaiting them.”, says Praveen Ganesh, Founder and CEO, LetzConnect Technologies.