Recent University of Victoria graduates and siblings, Ashley and Robert Roulston at Reef Safe Fish have developed a closed loop waste-recycling technology that filters fish waste and then combines it with fertilizer to produce fish food onsite. It is proving to be a viable technology as they have been gaining ground in the Greater Victoria technology community.  After presenting at the VIATeC Launch Party February 3, 2011 and winning “Best in Show” they continued onto the BCIC-NVBC Regional Competition Finals to take to home $30,000 for first prize.

Last Thursday, more than 100 members of BC’s technology community gathered in Kelowna at an invite-only event to celebrate the three early-stage technology companies taking top honours at the inaugural BCIC-New Ventures Competition: Regional Awards Ceremony.

Photo: Danny Robinson, BCIC; Jonathan Bowers, Memory Leaf; Kerith Perreur-Lloyd, SideStix; Sarah Doherty, SideStix; Ashley Roulston, Reef Safe Fish; and Bob de Wit, New Ventures BC

The broad spectrum of innovative technologies from the 17 finalists included a mobile monitoring system for people working alone, an online service that provides environmental product info, and a portable biosensor to detect bacteria in drinking water.

Second place, winning $20,000, went to SideStix Ventures Inc., another islander! As an athlete and amputee, Sarah Doherty and her team at SideStix have revolutionized the common walking crutch for the disabled, developing an ergonomic, shock-absorbing forearm crutch that significantly reduces joint compression and the secondary injuries that often arise from using crutches.

The $10,000 third place prize went to MemoryLeaf Media Inc. Based out of Kamloops, MemoryLeaf is an online memorial service that lets users create a lasting legacy for their loved ones through photos, videos and stories.

BCIC-NVC: Regional is a five-month competition – a boot camp for business startups – addressing the special interests of BC’s early-stage technology companies and supports BC’s emerging technology industry. The competition was open to any BC person, resident or business located outside of Metro Vancouver with a technology-focused idea that has not yet secured significant financing from external investors. More information on the BCIC-NVBC Competition can be found here.

Reef Safe Fish have been part of the VITP community since Summer 2010. They are currently a tenant at the UVic Marine Technology Centre located at 9865 West Saanich Road in North Saanich, BC.