BOYNECLARKE Innovative Ideas Winners Announced!

BOYNECLARKE INNOVATIVE IDEAS COMPETITION AWARDS SIXTEEN STUDENTS WITH SIX INCREDIBLE BUSINESS IDEAS HALIFAX, NS - On February 23, 2015 the 7th Annual BOYNECLARKE Innovative Ideas Competition was held at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax.

Over 30 post-secondary student teams with social and innovative business ideas competed in a day of sessions on entrepreneurship, and pitched to two teams of judges for their chance to win over $23,000 in cash prizes.

Over 37 guest speakers from the following organizations offered 15 sessions on a variety of topics related to social enterprise to pitch competitors and interested attendees:

Starting Lean Initiative, iMove, Deloitte, The Hub Halifax, CleanSimple, Arcadia Entertainment, Springtide Collective, Spring Loaded Technologies, Nova Scotia Business Inc, Futurpreneur, OneNS Community Carrot Co-operative, Affirmative Industries, Biomer Innovations, Progress in the Park, H20 Golf, Canadian Intellectual Properties Office, BOYNECLARKE Lawyers, Start-up 100, East Coast Social Change, TD Bank, Uganda Venture, UV Microloans, Changing the Narrative, Credit Union Atlantic, NS department of Economic Development and Tourism, EyeRead, Norex, Pond Deshpande Centre, CarbonCure Technologies, and Common Good Solutions Inc.

Saeed El-Darahali of Simplycast delivered an inspiring keynote presentation, speaking openly about the main reasons why entrepreneurs fail in their start-ups, the reasons we should embrace failure and learn from it, why entrepreneurship is so important to Nova Scotia, and the sacrifices entrepreneurs must make in order to be successful.

The evening event was electric with anticipation as all 30 pitching teams waited to hear the results of the competition, along with attendees keen to invest part of their ticket money in their favourite six finalists. Dianne Kelderman of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council introduced Minister Michel Samson who spoke enthusiastically of the need for more events like this one, that promote youth innovation and social entrepreneurship in Nova Scotia. After a night bustling with conversation and accompanied by expert jazz musicians from the Halifax Music Co-op, Andy Horsnell from Common Good Solutions Inc. and Robert L. Medeima from BOYNECLARKE LLP presented the Social and Innovation stream prizes respectively to the first, second and third place winners of each stream. Afterwards, the winners of the audience crowd-funding competition were announced, where over $3,000 was given away by event attendees, and the day was closed with remarks from event founder David Upton of Common Good Solutions.

After an exciting day of teams pitching their ideas, we are pleased to announce the 2015 winners:

Common Good Solutions Inc. Social Enterprise Stream:

3rd Place – “OPtions: Nova”, Simon Gordon, Jake Porteous, Nicole MacPherson & Amy Hamilton. 2nd Place – “EC Life”, Jinbo Chen, Gaurav Rao, Mingqi Yang 1st Place – “Afri-Sea”, Tim Cranston and Todd Mercer

BOYNECLARKE Innovative Ideas Stream:

3rd Place – “Free2Charge” pitched by Pascal DeVillers, Ben Lynds, Kenneth Leccese 2nd Place – “Alert Me Trap" pitched by Beth Bulger and Alex White 1st Place – “Gas Aid Cap” pitched by Linnea Penney and Brittany Marchbank

Congratulations to all the participants on a successful day!  Special thanks to Title Sponsor BOYNECLARKE Lawyers, Gold Sponsor Common Good Solutions, Silver Sponsors Students in Business and the Province of Nova Scotia, and Bronze Sponsors, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College, Nova Scotia Co-operative Council and the Sobey School of Business.

Contact information:

Stephanie Pronk Business Manager Common Good Solutions Inc. 902-483-4845



1st Place: Afri-Sea

Technology used to turn coastal sea plants into a natural soil additive and bio-stimulant that could reduce the impact of drought and the overuse of chemical fertilizers in some African countries like the Gambia.

2nd Place: EC Life

A one-stop shop online, including an information center and social platform, for newcomers to Nova Scotia, in their own language.

3rd Place: OPtions: Nova

Empowering marginalized Canadians to achieve personal greatness through the use of sustainable employment, community development and social change.


1st Place: Gas Aid Cap

Gas Aid Cap is a piece of technology created to accurately measure and dispense the proper mix of oil and gas for all 2-stroke engines.

2nd Place: Alert-Me-Trap

Alert-Me-Trap motion-sensing lobster trap that relays information, via mobile app, to the fisherman when they are back on shore.

3rd Place: Free 2 Charge

They design and construct cellphone charging stations used in public areas.