The finale event for Season Four’s Growing Your Business, Breakfast with the Experts Series was a resounding success!
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The competition was modeled as a hybrid of American Idol and Dragon’s Den where the 4 companies below presented their company pitch to an investor panel for feedback. The panelists included Pattie Lovett-Reid, Host of the Pattie Lovett-Reid Show and Sr. Financial Commentator on the CTV News Channel; Bill White, Director of the MaRS Discovery District (retired President of DuPont Canada), Benj Gallander, from Contra the Heard Investment Letter and the Globe and Mail and Bhupinder Randhawa from Bereskin & Parr.
The Idol 2012 Winner was Andrew White from CHAR Technologies. CHAR’s innovation is a technology called Activated Biochar, a filter which cleans biogas. It works pretty much the same way as a Brita filter that removes chlorine odour from tap water. CHAR tech provides a great solution to a by-product of methane gas – which is hydrogen sulphide, an extremely toxic and corrosive material. Not only does the activated Biochar filter out the Hydrogen Sulphide, it also reverts it to elemental sulphur. This sulphur can then be used as a beneficial soul fertilizer creating a second stream of revenue.
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The Three Finalists for Idol were:
|Emcara Gas Development||
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