Of the six awards handed out at last week’s 2013 KIRA award ceremony at the Fredericton Convention Centre, UNB-affiliated Green Imaging Technologies Inc., IntroHive, and Inversa Systems were among those who took home hardware.

The technology behind Green Imaging Technologies Inc., who won the award for Export-Products and Services, was developed by Dr. Bruce Balcolm in UNB’s department of physics. CEO and UNB alumnae, Jill Green, graduated with a bachelor of science in civil engineering; and President and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Derrick Green, holds a bachelor of science and PhD in electrical engineering from UNB.

IntroHive was the night’s big winner, receiving the Most Promising Start-up Award.  Jody Glidden, founder of IntroHive, graduated from UNB in 2006 with a bachelor of business administration degree; and more than half of the developers who work with Introhive are UNB computer science graduates.

Winner of the Technology Advancement/Innovation (Private) was Inversa Systems.  The technology behind this start up was developed from CEO, Dr. Paul (Jake) Arsenault’s PhD research at UNB, under the supervision of Dr. Esam Hussein.  In 2006, the company was the winner of BMO’s Apex Business Plan Competition and has served as a resource for current technology management and entrepreneurship students.

Congratulations to all nine UNB groups and individuals who were finalists at last week’s KIRA Awards.

Groups such as the UNB Faculty of Business International Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (IBEC), the Faculty of Engineering’s Technology Management and Entrepreneurship Centre (TME) and UNB’s Office of Research Services play a large role in launching many of New Brunswick’s successful technology-based businesses.  They continue to seek opportunities to let New Brunswick’s talent shine on the national and international stage.

For more information, contact Natasha Ashfield.

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