MyndTec Inc. was selected as this year’s winner of Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) $20,000 Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition at the Discovery conference this week at the Metro Convention Centre. Selected from five finalists, Toronto-based MyndTec will receive a $20,000 award to assist with further development of their accessibility solution.
MyndTec Inc. is a medical technology company that researches, develops and distributes innovative therapies designed to improve function, maximize independence and enhance quality of life for people with paralysis due to stroke or spinal cord injury. MyndMove, MyndTec’s first product to market, is a non-invasive rehabilitation therapy that combines patient participation, therapist expertise, and a proprietary eight-channel functional electrical stimulation (FES) device to treat patients suffering from upper-limb paralysis following stroke or spinal cord injury (SCI). MyndMove is the first complete system to provide FES therapy for the full arm with the ability to execute reaching and grasping.
MyndTec Inc. is a Toronto-based medical technology company
Both the AIS and the Tech Pitch Competition focus on improving accessibility, and each year the showcase provides companies with the opportunity to display their innovation, build broader awareness of the ground-breaking work being done in this sector, and to network with industry experts, investors, government funders, and the accessibility community.
“Congratulations to MyndTec Inc. on winning this year’s Accessibility Innovation Showcase Tech Pitch Competition, and to all of the finalists for their innovative work,” says Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “These talented innovators are making a real difference for people with disabilities, and for Ontario. I look forward to seeing these homegrown companies transform the way we address the needs of people with disabilities and tap into market opportunities in our province, and beyond.”
Interested companies could apply to participate in the Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS), the Tech Pitch Competition, or both. In total, 24 Ontario-based companies were selected to participate in the Accessibility Innovation Showcase (AIS), and of the applicants for the Tech Pitch Competition, five companies were chosen as finalists to pitch to the panel of judges. Each company in the competition had 10 minutes to pitch their innovative product or service to the accessibility community and panel of judges, followed by a 10-minute question-and-answer period.