Innovation Saskatchewan is responsible for implementing the province’s innovation priorities and helping grow Saskatchewan’s tech sector. Effective April 2022, this includes operation of the Innovation Place technology parks in Saskatoon and Regina.

IASP World Conference Features Saskatchewan Success Stories

The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) is a global network of science parks and areas of innovation focused on driving growth, internationalization and effectiveness to their members. Each year IASP hosts the IASP World Conference to connect people worldwide who are focused on building leading innovation ecosystems. This year, IASP went virtual, of course, and focused on the human factor: people, communities and their innovation ecosystems.

As a member of ISAP, three Innovation Place tenants were featured on the global stage at the 2020 conference, highlighting innovative solutions, amazing Saskatchewan successes and fast-growing startups.

TinyEYE CEO and Co-Founder Greg Sutton was a panelist on the topic “Eyes on the market: Company stories worldwide.” The panel was moderated by Jernej Pintar, CEO of Technology Park Ljubljana (Slovenia), and he was joined by Atif Syed of Wootzano (UK), Hussam Mansour of WasteHero (Denmark) and Mudit Dandwate of Turtle Shell Technologies (India). Sutton shared the story of his company and some of the hard lessons he learned through the pandemic. Read more about how TinyEYE survived the COVID-19 crisis.

SalonScale CEO and Co-Founder Alicia Soulier was a panelist on the topic “Pandemic Pivots.” The panel was moderated by Thomas Prexl, Head of Innovation at Technologiepark Heidelberg (Germany), and she was joined by Bin Chen of Voice of Hand (China), Danijela Miljkjovic of Hola Systems (Serbia), Sandy Chen of Graphene Composites (UK) and Sergey Shagalov of VDK (Russia). Soulier shared the story of how and why she founded SalonScale, and how they were able to pivot and scale the company through the pandemic, growing 101% between March and July of 2020. Read more about SalonScale's pivot and growth.

Luxsonic Technologies was one of several companies featured in the IASP World Virtual Conference “Startup Zone,” where attendees could learn about exciting startups from around the world. Luxsonic is pioneering immersive technologies for medical applications. They’ve had a big year in 2020, which included working with the Canadian Space Agency to develop medical applications for use in deep space.

Congratulations to our tenants TinyEYE, SalonScale and Luxsonic for their innovative work this year and to IASP for featuring the incredible successes of the Saskatchewan tech sector.

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- December 31, 2020