Génie en affaires Competition
The Inktio team from ÉTS takes the first prizeWednesday, March 20, 2019
ÉTS is proud to announce that the top prize at the Génie en affaires (engineering in business) competition organized by Acfas (Association francophone pour le savoir – Francophone association for knowledge) was awarded to the Inktio team from ÉTS, which is made up students Charles-Philippe Trudeau, Luis Felipe Gerlein Reyes and Jaime Alberto Benavides Guerrero. The competition recognizes student projects involving the commercialization of innovations resulting from university research activities. The three winning students presented a project that meets the emerging needs in the area of printed electronics (PE).
Printed electronics is the main manufacturing process that allows for the design of flexible devices at a reasonable cost. In order to keep production costs low, the ink that is used must be processable under normal environmental conditions, which is not always the case. The majority of existing inks require extremely high processing temperatures.
Working under the guidance of their mentor, Electrical Engineering Professor Sylvain Cloutier, the ÉTS students successfully developed a semi-conductive ink made from titanium dioxide (TiO 2) that can be used in ambient conditions. TiO 2 is commonly used for many platforms, including the manufacture of devices like solar cells, biosensors and other sensors. This ink can be printed and processed in normal conditions using optical methods rather than high-temperature methods. These optical methods, which are already available on production lines in the printed electronics sector, allow for seamless integration of the product developed by the Inktio team.
During the last round of the competition, which was held on March 19, participants from the six finalists were given only three minutes to present their technological innovation and their business plan, before answering questions from an expert jury comprising Louis G. Verroneau (Bombardier), Michèle Boisvert (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec), Anne-Marie Hubert (EY), Stéphane Pilette (Anges Québec) and Damien Silès (Quartier de l’ innovation).
After the competition, the public was encouraged to invest in their favourite projects. More than $38,000 in prizes and services were made available from Acfas, Anges Québec, BCF Business Law, EY, Fasken and the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montreal.