AUSTIN, TEXAS – March 10, 2014 – Planet Québec announces that Québec-based startup Synbiota has received the highly-coveted 2014 SXSW Accelerator award in the Innovative World Technologies category.
Synbiota is a virtual collaboration site that connects global scientists, researchers, universities and others to come together to solve the world’s most complex problems using genetic engineering. At SXSW this year, Synbiota announced the Synbiota #ScienceHack, the world’s first massive open online science event where hundreds of scientists around the world will work together via Synbiota to make affordable medicine.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to receive this honor,” said Connor Dickie, CEO, Synbiota. “Synbiota’s mission is to enable the science community to solve the world’s biggest problems within a first-of-its-kind, collaborative platform, and receiving the SXSW Accelerator award will help us reach our world-changing goals even faster.”
“Québec had three outstanding finalists in this year’s SXSW accelerator competition, produced by Québec’s rapidly expanding technology industry” says Louise Fortin, director of Economic Services at the Québec Government Office in Atlanta. “Considering the large number of businesses that applied for the accelerator pitch competition, we’re extremely proud to see our very own Synbiota make it all the way through as its category winner.”
The 2014 SXSW Accelerator pitch competition is designed to highlight the most innovative advancements in a variety of emerging technology sectors. Synbiota was chosen out of 500 applicants as one of 48 round-one finalists to present to a panel of expert judges on Saturday, March 8. Making it through to the final round of 18 finalists on the following day, Synbiota’s pitch rose above the competition to take the grand prize in the Innovative World Technologies category.
Planet Québec invites SXSW badge holders to hob nob with the Synbiota team as well as Québec’s other awe-inspiring finalists at Québec’s Interactive, Advertising, Film and Music Mixer taking place in the Maggie Mae’s (6th & Trinity) Gibson Room on Tuesday, March 11, 5pm - 7 pm.
Additionally, even more of Québec’s promising technology entrepreneurs and knowledgeable representatives will be showcased at one of SXSW’s scheduled Meet Ups: