Success Stories

March 2016 - Story by Ian Coutts

Photo courtesy Garrett Elliott Photography

Enviro Innovate Corporation is building a pipeline. That’s not what you might expect to hear from a clean-tech business, but the “pipeline” in question moves innovative ideas to the market instead of oil or gas. This pipeline also flows in two directions.

Story by Ian Coutts. Photo courtesy of Scent Trunk.

Thanks to a host of Kingston-based organizations in the business of supporting innovation, fragrance entrepreneur Will Yin and his partners may soon be enjoying the sweet smell of success.

Photo courtesy Greg Black Photography

Call it a recipe for innovation: take one professor with ideas but limited time and resources to market them, add two entrepreneurs, and the result is QSBR Innovations Inc., a firm on the verge of bringing two exciting new energy-related technologies to market: Passive Back Flow (PBF) and Integral Stagnation Control (ISC).

Janice Mady, director of Queen’s University’s Industry Partnerships & Innovation Park, calls their exciting new InnovationXL program, “the latest step on the journey.”

Ask Matthew Deir the CEO of Dragonfly Information Technology, located at Kingston’s Innovation Park about what makes the incubator special and he answers quickly.

“One of the things that is very important, but goes unmentioned,” he says, “is it has a kitchen.”

Richard Zakrzewski wanted to hit the ground running with his new idea.

Zakrzewski’s “grand idea” as he calls it, is to try to change the way we do manufacturing in North America.

Boston-based entrepreneur Chad Joshi was looking for somewhere to develop his latest idea; Boston-based green energy company Enviro Ambient was looking for a locale for their new clean tech accelerator, Enviro Innovate. But it took separate moves to Kingston to get them working together.

 This story is taken from the NCE anniversary report "Building on 25 Years of R&D Excellence."

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