University of New Brunswick on Thursday held its annual summer extravaganza in Fredericton, showcasing the companies graduating from two of its programs, including an all-female cohort at its Summer Institute.

The UNB Technology, Management and Entrepreneurship program began by staging the final pitches by 10 entrepreneurial teams who have completed their Masters in TME. Then, in the evening, TME hosted several hundred people at the Boyce Farmers’ Market to witness the graduation of six teams from the Summer Institute, the program’s 13-week summer accelerator.  

“Sixteen different companies will be presenting today and we’re really excited to see what they’ve brought together for you,” said Dom Blakely, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Strategist at TME

The year-long Masters of TME program is now wrapping up its second year, and has doubled in intake in the past year.

“Our cohort this year is 67 percent international students, 30 percent female,” said Dhirendra Shukla, the Chair of the TME program. “They’ve come to create some magic and that magic will continue for the rest of the day.”

The Masters of TME teams that presented Thursday were:

Canum Nanomaterials

 Kyle Woods (external: Alex Clarkin, Francois Michaud, Dr. Felipe Chibante)

Canum Nanomaterials is a manufacturing company that produces fullerenes, a cutting-edge material often used in flexible organic solar cells and as an anti-oxidant in health supplements.

Read our previous coverage of Canum.

Better Than Reality

Daniel Kane, Esther Sangodoyin and Ablie Foon

Better Than Reality is looking to revolutionize training in high-risk industries using virtual and augmented reality technological solutions.

Read our previous article on Better Than Reality.


Nurudeen Elegbede, Anupum Robby, Ikechukwuka Osuagwu

The members of AP are building a smart rectifier that will improve the performance of home-based generators in developing economies, such as Nigeria.

FMQ (Frequently Missed Questions).

Oluwaseun Adeyemo , Tolulope Awe and Ifeoma Aniagolu.

FMQ seeks to improve the customer service process by providing analytics, rankings and improvements for company’s FAQ pages.

Gravity Cage Industries

Aaron Power

Gravity Cage is creating a mechanical battery to help residential customers save money on their electricity bills.

Potential Motors Inc.

Sam Poirier, Isaac Barkhouse, Nick Dowling

PotentiaI Motors is improving driving safety in harsh conditions through advanced electric vehicle powertrains.


Noena de Leon and Shauntae Mitchell

This company is developing a digital ecosystem for real estate transactions, with virtual tours using virtual reality and smart contract.


Akshay Yadav,  Dikshita Khichi and Samuel Freeze

The team is creating an online platform to connect post-secondary students and prospective employers.


Harpreet Kohli and Harsh Kohli

OnRadar is a hyperlocal social network that helps people connect on issues of concern in their communities.

Manchi Cinema

Anupam Maddineni

Manchi Cinema is working towards helping short and independent film makers to get better feedback from their viewers using emotion recognition and machine learning.

Now in its sixth year, the Summer Institute aims to teach entrepreneurs the human elements of launching a business. Like all accelerators, it teaches customer discovery and how to use a lean canvas. But whereas most accelerators focus on IT or innovation, the Summer Institute accepts a broad range of businesses – this year’s cohort included two fashion businesses, for example. Innovation is part of the program, but it’s not the be-all and end-all.

The presenting companies were:

Scottage Cheeze (Harvey, NB)

Margaret Scott

The company produces dairy-free vegan cheeses dips and spreads.

JW Couture (Fredericton)

Jaclyn Wilson

JW Couture produces men’s and women’s bodybuilding competition suits.

Loran Olivia (Fredericton)

Megan Gallant

The company operates a full-service custom wedding stationery and design studio.

Queen of Cups Lingerie (St. Stephen, NB)

Abby Pond

Queen of cups specializes in high quality, individually tailored bras.

Upfront Cosmetics (Nackawic, NB)

Alicia Sharp

The company produces all-natural and environmentally friendly soaps to replace commercially made shampoo.

Luna Baby (Fredericton)

Courtney Larkin

The company aims to produce the world’s best breastfeeding pillow.