Lethbridge: A video game development group, a web-based used book marketer and a biology
researcher who hopes to make algae more useful were the recent winners of the
SouthVenture Business Plan Competition.
The three teams shared $10,000 in
prize money and now move into a province-wide competition where they will
represent the innovative spirit of U of L students to whole province.
well, they receive more training opportunities with other six regional finalists
from Calgary and Edmonton – and compete for even more cash.
prize of $6,000 went to Tyrel Schick, (centre) a New Media major and founder of
Nougat Software, a game developing company made up of more than 30 U of L
students from many different disciplines.
The runner-up prizes of $2,000
each went to Gezim Hoxha (left) a Management/Computer double major and founder
of GizmoBooks.com, a unique used book exchange portal; and Trevor McMillan
(right) a Ph.D. candidate in Biology and co-founder of ALGEN, a biotech start-up
which improves strains of algae for biofuel production, agricultural food
production and therapeutic drug manufacturing.
Find details on the three
Nougat Software is a video game development company organized by a group of
students at the University of Lethbridge.
They design and create
innovative, full scale games for a wide range of platforms. Our team ranges from
the departments of New Media, Computer Science, Digital Audio Arts, and even
Accounting, we are now over thirty members strong.
Every piece of
content used in, or to promote, our games are created purely by one or more of
our teammates. It is our goal to build a strong working relationship with the
University of Lethbridge to promote our company, the University, and the City of
ALGEN Biologics Inc.
biotechnology start-up company ALGEN Biologics Inc. was founded by Trevor
MacMillan, a PhD candidate at the University of Lethbridge.
focused on developing a new method to introduce DNA into algae. Algae are
resistant to standard genetic manipulation methods and require either expensive
equipment or advanced technical knowledge to insert DNA into algae.
development of this novel technology overcomes these technical barriers
representing a unique, cheap, easy to use and effective method to introduce DNA
into algae. The ALGEN algae transformation technology can be used by
universities and the algae industry to improve the performance of their algae.
Algae cultivation represents a diverse and important global industry. Improved
strains of algae can then be used for biofuel production, bioremediation of
wastewater, agricultural food production and therapeutic drug
Algae are ideally suited for these purposes because they
cost very little to cultivate, have a high growth rate and can be grown in a
sustainable manner using marginal land and wastewater sources.
Founder and current U of L student
Gezim Hoxha comes by his entrepreneurial roots through his family business in
Kosovo, where he started at age 7 helping his father run a kiosk. He came to
Canada as a refugee at age 13 with his parents and sister. A grade eight website
design course at Wilson Middle School hooked him on computers and he has been in
that business ever since.
The GizmoBooks.com marketplace
allows students to sell their used textbooks enter their email address, the
textbook ISBN, price, and condition in order to sell a book.
wanting to save money on books will then go to www.GizmoBooks.com and purchase
the textbook. Shippers pick up the book f