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TERRAMERA BEST INNOVATION WINNER 2017 – SMALL BUSINESS BC AWARD

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2017 CANADIAN FEDERAL BUDGET MENTIONS TERRAMERA’S SUCCESS

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Terramera’s success story was included in the 2017 Canadian Federal Budget. 

Accelerating the Growth of High-Impact Firms
Budget 2017 reaffirms the Government’s commitment to the vision and mandate of the Accelerated Growth Service (AGS), a national project created to coordinate support for businesses across a number of federal departments and agencies. To date, this initiative has helped 142 high-impact firms to scale up and grow their businesses, with a broader goal of helping 1,000 firms expand and create more good, well-paying jobs. To improve delivery of this service, the Government is currently exploring ways to better share information among federal organizations and may propose legislative amendments if necessary.

Here is one success story:

Terramera Reaches Out to Global Markets
Clean technology firm Terramera Inc. (Vancouver, British Columbia) specializes in replacing conventional chemical pesticides with high performance plant-based products for use in agriculture, in pest control and by consumers. Terramera joined the AGS pilot project in May 2016. Terramera’s goal is to increase sales and grow into a billion-dollar business by scaling production, strengthening its customer base and finding new customers around the world. The company faced challenges when trying to reach out beyond Canada for new business.

Regulatory approvals in new markets—in particular, in Japan, Mexico, India and Europe—will be key to the company’s future growth. To help Terramera secure these approvals, AGS partners have provided it with assistance in securing capital and financing, as well as with hiring, intellectual property and research and development, domestic regulatory approvals and export growth.

Thanks to the AGS support, Terramera has been successful in leveraging the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service network in Canada and abroad to support its export market development and expansion initiatives. In July 2016, it was able to secure new Japanese investment, and the company has also secured a direct equity investment from IKEA in Sweden.
Through National Research Council Canada, the company was able to explore opportunities under the EUREKA program, an international network for market-driven industrial research and development that includes over 40 economies from the European Union, Europe, Israel, South Korea, and now Canada. Terramera was also able to secure financing support from the Business Development Bank of Canada and Western Economic Diversification Canada.

 

TERRAMERA NAMED ONE OF 50 AGRITECH COMPANIES TO WATCH

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GOVERNMENT OF CANADA INVESTS IN 12 COMPANIES TO STRENGTHEN INNOVATION ACROSS BRITISH COLUMBIA

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March 15, 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)

Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development with CEO Karn Manhas and Manpreet Dhillon

Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development with CEO Karn Manhas and Manpreet Dhillon

The Government of Canada is committed to creating innovative opportunities for Canadians.

A $14.8 million investment will help twelve British Columbia companies move their new and exciting products to market faster and more efficiently, while creating over 240 quality jobs in the region.

Through this investment, Canadian consumers and businesses will benefit from a range of new products and services. These include enhanced pharmaceutical discovery processes to combat major diseases; clean energy technologies to increase ecological sustainability; advanced IT systems to boost workplace efficiency; modernized communications systems to increase public transit safety; and eco-friendly consumer products to reduce environmental impacts. The funded projects will also create jobs for Canada’s middle class by helping these companies move their new and innovative technologies from the later stages of research and development to the marketplace.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, made the announcement today during his keynote speech at the #BCTECH Summit in Vancouver, B.C.

“Canadian companies are working hard to bring their innovative products and services to market. The Government of Canada is proud to support these twelve B.C.-based companies in developing new technologies in fields like life sciences, clean tech, and sustainable consumer products. Organizations like these are promoting economic growth, creating high-quality jobs for Canadians, and furthering Canada’s innovation landscape,” the Minister said.

Today’s announcement supports western-based companies that develop cutting-edge technology, create jobs, and spur the economy. Funding for these B.C. companies is part of several successful projects announced under the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. The program provides $100 million in repayable contributions to small- and medium-sized enterprises in Western Canada. Since 2014, WD has invested nearly $97 million through WINN and expects to create over 1,600 jobs across the West.

Terramera’s CEO and Founder, Karn Manhas remarked, “Terramera is grateful for the contribution from the Government of Canada to help bring our revolutionary technology to market that will aid millions of individuals by replacing chemical pesticides and fertilizers with clean and effective natural solutions. This assistance will help accelerate our ability to develop simple, safe products to protect people from public health pests.”

The Government’s Innovation Agenda aims to make Canada a global centre for innovation – one that drives economic growth by creating better jobs, opportunities, and living standards for all Canadians. This investment is an example of that vision in action.

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Contacts

Pauline Tam

Director of Communications

Innovation, Science and Economic Development

Telephone: 343-291-2511

Email: pauline.tam@canada.ca

 

Ben Stanford

Regional Communications Manager

Western Economic Diversification Canada

Telephone: 604-666-7038

Email: ben.stanford@canada.ca

 

 

CLEAN TECH INVESTMENT SPOTLIGHT ON TERRAMERA

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A recent Vancouver Sun article highlighted IKEA GreenTech’s investment in Terramera as part of BC’s Clean Tech investment boom.

“Global retail giant Ikea is another company that has put its support into the B.C. clean technology sector, McPherson said. The Ikea GreenTech Investments subsidiary put money last fall into Terramera Inc., a Vancouver-based firm involved in developing greener methods of pest control.

“The clean tech space is a lot different from technology or wireless,” McPherson said. “It’s about hard science that takes years to develop and a long time to perfect.”

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B.C. clean tech seeks bigger place in investment spotlight

TOP 5 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 14TH ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS BC AWARDS

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Small Business BC, the province’s premier resource for entrepreneurs, and the Insurance Bureau of Canada asked British Columbians to nominate their favourite small businesses for the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards between October 1 and November 30, 2016. This year, 699 nominations from 72 communities across the province and over 32,000 votes were received.

The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of British Columbia’s entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in B.C., with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

Those who activated their communities and received the most votes between October 1 and November 30, 2016 were named the Top 10 Semi-Finalists on December 12, 2016 and invited to submit a more detailed application. These applications were used to decide the Top 5 Finalists in this year’s competition.

These outstanding businesses will now face a Dragons’ Den-style panel of business experts who will determine the winner in each category:

PREMIER’S PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Presented by the Province of British Columbia

Beachcomber Coffee Company Inc. – Gibsons
Picnic Charcuterie – Tofino
Sea To Sky Air – Squamish
Vintage and Restoration Love – Dawson Creek
Wheelhouse Brewing Company – Prince Rupert

BEST APPRENTICE TRAINING
Presented by ITA and Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Harbourview Autohaus Ltd. – Nanaimo
Heidout Restaurant and Brewhouse – Cranbrook
Ironside Design Manufacturing Inc. – Chilliwack
Northern Legendary Construction – Charlie Lake
Rambow Mechanical Ltd. – Kelowna
BEST COMMUNITY IMPACT
Presented by Vancity

Greater Vancouver Lice Clinic – Maple Ridge
Cowichan Energy Alternatives – Duncan
Fraser Lake Dollar Store and Corner Store – Fraser Lake
Lighthouse Labs – Vancouver
Rainbow’s Roost – Kamloops

BEST COMPANY
Presented by Sage

Dalex Auto Services – Fort Nelson
Nucleus Networks Inc. – Vancouver
Rocky Point Ice Cream Inc. – Port Moody
Vernon Teach and Learn Ltd. – Vernon
Wholesale Furniture Brokers – Kamloops

BEST CONCEPT
Presented by Rogers Communications

Canada’s Best Apps – Whistler
Infuse I.T. / VinStream – Kelowna
Lil Worker Safety Gear – Comox
Studio Robazzo – Victoria
Wine Crush Market – Penticton

BEST EMPLOYER
Presented by TruShield Insurance

Aequilibrium Software Inc. – Vancouver
Central Kitchen – Bar – Kelowna
RDC Fine Homes Inc. – Whistler
Valley Acrylic Bath Ltd. – Mission
VictorEric – Vancouver
BEST IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEUR
Presented by Small Business BC

FreshWorks Studio – Victoria
Country Chic Paint Ltd. – Duncan
Lilian Cazacu Notary Corporation – Langley
Nirvana Foods Inc. – Richmond
Trademark Factory – Vancouver

BEST INNOVATION
Presented by BC Innovation Council

Mazu – Kelowna
IT Glue – Vancouver
Terramera – Vancouver
The Alinker – Richmond
Two Hat Security – Kelowna

BEST INTERNATIONAL TRADE
Presented by UPS Canada

CPE Systems Inc. – Burnaby
Fusion Brand – Vancouver
Mountain Coffee Ltd. – Delta
Numpfer – Vancouver
Wize Monkey – Vancouver

BEST MARKETER
Presented by Yellow Pages

The Argosy – Prince Rupert
JY Knows It Business Consulting – Surrey
K’pure Naturals – Mission
Loulou Lollipop – Richmond
The Henna Hut – Penticton

Pitches will be held in-person at Small Business BC in Vancouver between February 6-14, 2017.

The winners will be announced at the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards Ceremony at the Pan Pacific Vancouver on Thursday, February 23, 2017 during an evening of drinks, appetizers and networking with 500 B.C. business owners, industry influencers, government officials and special guests.

Recipients of Small Business BC Awards will be recognized with the Premier’s Prize in the amount of $1,500 cash, a one-year all-access pass to Small Business BC education, resources and experts, and one-on-one business mentorship with notable advisors from the award sponsors.

More details on the Small Business BC Awards and Small Business BC Awards Ceremony can be found at www.sbbcawards.ca.

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“Small businesses are the backbone of Canada’s leading economy, responsible for creating over a million jobs in B.C. That’s why we worked hard to become the most small business-friendly jurisdiction in North America. Congratulations to all the Top 5 Finalists for being recognized as innovative, responsible pillars in their community.” – Premier Christy Clark

“Small businesses account for 98% of all businesses in B.C. — they drive the economy and create jobs for British Columbians. All the Top 5 Finalists for the Small Business BC Awards should be proud that their communities voted them into the top spots! Congratulations to all the Top 5 Finalists in the Small Business BC Awards.” – Hon. Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business, Red Tape Reduction and Liquor Distribution, Province of British Columbia

“We saw an incredible level of participation in the Small Business BC Awards this year with 699 nominations from 72 communities across the province. We’re proud to acknowledge all the companies who participated and would like to congratulate all those who made it into this year’s Top 5 as Finalists in the competition. These entrepreneurs are helping build a vibrant economy in B.C. and the Small Business BC Awards are the best way to celebrate and acknowledge their success and contribution.” – George Hunter, CEO, Small Business BC

“These are very impressive finalists and just another example about why IBC is proud to once again sponsor the Small Business BC Awards. On behalf of IBC, I congratulate all the finalists and wish them continued success as they move forward into the next round of this year’s competition.” – Bill Adams, Vice-President, Western and Pacific, IBC

“Congratulations to the Top 5 Finalists in the Best Innovation category. To build a successful company, entrepreneurs need access to talent, capital and markets. BC Innovation Council connects companies to all three of these needs through initiatives like our Regional Innovation Opportunities tour, Investment Showcase at the #BCTECH Summit, our province-wide BC Acceleration Network and through our support of events like the Small Business BC Awards.” – Carl Anderson, President and CEO, BC Innovation Council

“We’re looking forward to meeting all the nominated employers for the Best Apprentice Training Award this year. Small businesses make up a large portion of B.C.’s economy and this community plays an important role in ensuring that skilled trades apprentices are getting the right hands-on experience on their apprenticeship journey. We’re excited to partner with Kwantlen Polytechnic University to recognize an employer that is doing their part in training B.C.’s trades industry.” – Gary Herman, CEO, Industry Training Authority

“I would like to congratulate the Top 5 Finalists for the Best Apprenticeship Training Award. Their support of KPU students and the real-world mentoring is vital to their success as apprentices. KPU recognizes the essential contribution of small business to the ecology of B.C. and Canada’s economy and are honoured to have the opportunity to celebrate this significant contribution from small businesses across the province.” – Salvador Ferreras, Ph.D., Provost and Vice-President Academic, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

“Sage is very excited for the opportunity to present the Best Company Award at the Small Business BC Awards Ceremony this year. On behalf of Sage, I would like to congratulate the Top 5 Finalists chosen to proceed to the next round. We look forward to meeting each of the finalists to learn more about their various achievements, and to celebrating their commendable contributions to industries and communities.” – Paul Struthers, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Sage Canada

“A small business is only as strong as the people behind it and that’s why being an inspiring, fair and dedicated employer is so important. Each of the Top 5 Finalists for Best Employer at this year’s Small Business BC Awards illustrates this concept perfectly. Congratulations to all finalists!” – Mike Gaba, Manager, Business Development, TruShield Insurance

“UPS Canada is pleased to be a part of the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards and would like to congratulate the Top 5 Finalists in the Best International Trade category. We’re looking forward to expanding our footprint within the province of British Columbia and educating businesses on the continued opportunities available within international markets.” – Paul Gaspar, Director of Small Business, UPS Canada

“Small businesses are the drivers of the local economy, they innovate to create new products and services, generate jobs and help our communities thrive. We congratulate the Top 5 organizations along with those who were also nominated for the impact they are making in the communities where we live and work.” – Catherine Ludgate, Manager, Community Investment, Vancity

‘Yellow Pages wishes to congratulate this year’s Top 5 Finalists. B.C. has some successful entrepreneurs, and we’re pleased to participate in recognizing their success and contributions to B.C.’s local economy.” – Sonny Magon, Senior Sales Manager, Yellow Pages

About Small Business BC

Small Business BC provides entrepreneurs with the information and guidance necessary to build a solid foundation for their business. Through a wide range of products, services, education and resources there’s a piece that fits with every business. No matter what stage or what skill level, when an entrepreneur finds themselves asking “How do I…?” Small Business BC is the one to call.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada

Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is the national industry association representing Canada’s private home, auto and business insurers. Its member companies make up 90% of the property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. For more than 50 years, IBC has worked with governments across the country to help make affordable home, auto and business insurance available for all Canadians. IBC supports the vision of consumers and governments trusting, valuing and supporting the private P&C insurance industry. It champions key issues and helps educate consumers on how best to protect their homes, cars, businesses and properties. P&C insurance touches the lives of nearly every Canadian and plays a critical role in keeping businesses safe and the Canadian economy strong. It employs more than 120,000 Canadians, pays $8.2 billion in taxes and has a total premium base of $49 billion.

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TERRAMERA NOMINATED FOR KATERVA AWARD IN THE FOOD CATEGORY

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In this sixth year of the Awards, Katerva received over 500 nominations across their ten categories: Energy & Power; Food; Environment; Transportation; Smart Cities; Economy; Materials, Resources and Water; Behavioral Change; Gender Equality; and Human Development.

 

While Katerva’s global network of Experts is deliberating to select the 2017 Katerva Award Category Winners and the Grand Prize Winner, to be announced in mid April, we have the pleasure to announce the Finalists in each of our ten awards categories which have been identified as a result of a rigorous evaluation by machine prediction and Katerva
staff:

 

· Behavioral Change:
Tostan, Economics for the Anthropocene, DeathLAB: Perpetual Constellation, Beat the Microbead, Green Apes, APOPO, Capsula Mundi, Das Geld hängt an den Bäumen, Precious Plastic, Mobile Diagnostic Kit for Pulmonary Diseases

 

· Economy:
Taking Root, TransactiveGrid, SolarTurtle, Mobisol, Agrarian Trust, Olakusibe Famuyibo / Innov8 Coffee ltd, Cultivando Futuro, Banqer, UCAPTURE

 

· Energy & Power:
The Silent Revolution, Micro Wind Turbine, Hydrogen Capturing Material, Ductor, Gallium nitride power conversion by GaN, Stanford Aluminum Battery, Ocean University of China in Qingdao, Acoustically Driven Magnetized Target Fusion, SunCell, Plant-E

 

· Environment:
Seawater Greenhouse, Glatt Stove, KTK-BELT, Illinois River Project, De-coating by No-Coats, HomeBiogas, O’right, CarbonCure concrete production, Carbon Capture Membrane-Nano sponge, Project subCULTron

 

·Food:
Tal-Ya, Flying SpArk, FarmBot, Jellyfish Barge, Evaptainers, Phresh, Hargol FoodTech (formerly Steak TzarTzar), Neem-oil based biopesticide by Terramera, The Sexy Plant, Kulisha

 

· Gender Equality:
Promundo (co-coordinates MenCare campaign), invi, SWEEP, Frontier Markets, ASHRAY, Sustainable Health Enterprises, 1 Million Women

 

· Human Development:
Jack Andraka, Bibak, Rapid, Low-Cost Detection of Zika and beyond, The Mosquito Killer Billboard, In2Care BV, Point-of-Care Zika Detection Device, Lucky Iron Fish,
Hablando con Julis, The Autism Glass Project, University Of Buffalo

 

· Materials, Resources & Water:
IBM’s Breakthrough in Fighting Viral Diseases, StretchSense, Recycling technology by Pyrowave,
Nanoflotation Technology for Fluid (Water Treatment) – David Bromley Engineering Ltd., Airlite, Wang Group Flexible, Warka Water “Every drop counts”, Light-up stretchy skin, MIT Thin Film Solar Cells, Ingestible origami robot

 

· Transportation:
Pouncer, ElectRoad, Traveler app, BioSealcoat, WayCare, Cloud-based Traffic Network Management – Data insights for more efficient traffic routing, Commuters ridesharing Netlift, GreenQ, Ogo Technology

 

· Smart Cities:
Smart Floating Farms, SmartLight, Jet Capsule, RegenVillages, eLichens, Living Architecture Systems Group, Green Junkie, V2T Technology, Mountain Forest Hotel, The Great Urban Challenge

 

In addition to the kudos of being associated with the Nobel Prize for Sustainability, as Reuters have called the Katerva Awards, Finalists benefit from what we refer to as ‘Winners Circle’, a group of organisations who donate their services for a certain number of hours over a certain period of time either to just the Grand Prize Winner, the 10 Finalists, or even the top 5 or 10 in each award category. Past members of the Winners Circle have included Edelman, Ernst & Young, Frog Design, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Ipsos, Korn Ferry and TrustLaw

 

About Katerva
While our global environment and economic security are inextricably intertwined, increasing levels of greenhouse gases, environmental degradation, and natural resource depletion are precluding long-term social and economic security.

 

Global collaboration and coordinated, distributed action are vital to restore and replenish the world’s environmental and economic ecosystems. The old, siloed ways aren’t working. We need new ways to cooperate and innovate across the public and private sectors to meet the environmental and economic exigencies we face. Unity is needed. Coherence of initiatives is needed. Coalescence of invention, innovation, knowledge and investment is needed.

 

Katerva is designed to meet this imperative by uniting the people and the technology paramount to catalyzing and supporting sustainable innovation that is exponentially scalable.

 

The challenges mankind faces are colossal. But so are the courage, ingenuity, wisdom and heart of innovators, entrepreneurs and others the world over. Never before have we had such extraordinary tools for collaborative innovation. Never before have we had the technology to cull the world’s brightest minds and create an actionable platform of support for the common good.

 

Capturing the imagination of many of the world’s most disruptive thinkers and doers, Katerva is intent on becoming that platform and in so doing, playing an active role in helping those innovators and entrepreneurs improve the state of the world.

 

Our Vision:
Katerva was founded by in 2010 with the goal of identifying and helping to accelerate the efforts of disruptive innovators and entrepreneurs intent on improving the state of the world.

 

Our Network:
The Katerva network brings together CEOs, heads of state, ministers and policymakers, experts and academics, international organizations, youth, technology innovators and representatives of civil society in an impartial space with the aim of driving positive change.

Our Awards:Central to our mission is our awards program in which we identify winners in ten distinct categories, including water, energy, transportation, environment, and human development, as well as a grand prize winner selected from among our 10 category winners. With a rigorous review process involving 500+ professionals coupled with a powerful set of data
science filters, Katerva is considered by many to be the most comprehensive awards program in the world.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Dr Bettina von Stamm
Director of Awards Program
bettina@katerva.net

 

YAHOO FINANCE PICKS UP TERRAMERA’S FUNDING NEWS

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Yahoo is spreading the news about Terramera’s VC funding announcement.

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TERRAMERA FUNDING MENTIONED IN FORTUNE.COM DAILY TERM SHEET

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On Friday, May 20th, Terramera was featured on FORTUNE’s Daily Term Sheet – Venture Capital Deals:

“Terramera, a Vancouver-based provider of plant-based alternatives to conventional chemical pesticides and fertilizers, has raised an undisclosed amount of VC funding from Seed 2 Growth Ventures, ACA Investments (unit of Sumitomo Corp.), Bold Capital Partners, Renewal Funds and Maumee Ventures.”

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WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTS ON TERRAMERA FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

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Wall Street Journal has featured Terramera’s funding announcement. Tomio Geron, WSJ reporter, writes:

“Vancouver-based Terramera has raised $10 million in Series A financing led by Seed 2 Growth Ventures. Also participating was ACA Investments, an affiliate of Sumitomo Corp., which is a large distributor of agricultural products, as well as Bold Capital Partners, Renewal Funds and Maumee Ventures. The company previously raised $8 million in seed funding and $3 million in grants.”

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AGFUNDER NEWS IS TALKING ABOUT TERRAMERA

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AgFunder News is talking about Terramera’s round of funding led by S2G investments:

Terramera, a startup that’s on a mission to change the fate of many biological ag products, has raised $10 million in venture capital.”

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RUDY MAXA’S TRAVEL WORLD FEATURES PROOF® 100% EFFECTIVE BED BUG SPRAY

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Terramera VP Josh Shapiro shares the benefits for travelers of PROOF 100% Effective Bed Bug Spray with Rudy Maxa’s Travel World radio program.

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B.C. CLEAN TECH COMPANIES RECEIVE $27 M IN SDTC FUNDING

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Terramera recently made the news as a recipient of nearly $2 million in funding through Sustainable Development Canada (SDTC).

Business in Vancouver has the story here.

Full details are available on our website here.

 

PROOF AT 2015 INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL GOODS SHOW

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There was so much excitement at this year’s 2015 International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas, and we’re thrilled to meet everyone at our booth, pictured above.

The Travel Channel was nice enough to feature us as part of their coverage of the show:

“Of course, the travel goods industry is much more than luggage. Among the show’s nearly 40,000 products were an array of items designed to help make travel a safer, easier and more joyful experience. One such item was Proof, a new spray to control bedbugs. Its active ingredient is neem oil, the only plant-based biopesticide that is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for bedbug extermination and deemed non-toxic to humans.”

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TERRAMERA’S SUCCESS LAUNCHING PROOF® FEATURED IN THE VANCOUVER SUN

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Karn Manhas, founder and president of Terramera PlantScience, recently spoke at a Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon about how businesses can tap the British Columbia Institute of Technology to get products to market more quickly.

“It would have taken three years for us to do the studies and get through the regulatory approvals” on our own, Manhas said.

Instead, working with BCIT’s commercial assistance program, it took much less time — only four months — to get a stamp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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HEED THE CALL: SIGNING A DEAL WITH WALMART

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Karn Manhas, Founder and CEO of Terramera, got some pretty exciting news after recently attending Walmart’s first Open Call down in Arkansas. We asked Karn to share his experiences.

For the full article, please click here to see BCTIA’s website.

TOP 10 (+1) TIPS FOR PITCHING A RETAILER

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Karn Manhas, Founder and CEO of Terramera, recently attended Walmart’s Open Call to pitch his company’s first retail product, Proof®. It was a game changing experience for Karn, and you can read his first-hand account here. Based on this experience, Karn has compiled ten tips (plus a bonus!) to help fellow entrepreneurs and companies prepare for pitching to retailers.

For Karn’s Top 10 Tips, please click here.

TERRAMERA: CIRKIL® RAG IN A BAG®

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Dealing with infested clutter is one of the biggest challenges with bed bug jobs. Rag in a Bag is a new protocol using CIRKIL RTU, and the company says it is proven to kill 100 percent of bed bugs and eggs in bagged items like electronics, toys, shoes, purses, softcover, books, etc., even in clutter. CIRKL is a biopesticide registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that uses cold-pressed neem oil as the active ingredient; it has a non-toxic mode of action. Visit the website for more information on the protocol and supporting research.

For more information, please click here to visit Pest Management Professional magazine online.

TROUBLE BREWING FOR INSECTICIDES?

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While the new combo products are performing well in the field, University of Kentucky researchers say they foresee problems down the road.

Read the full story at PCT Magazine.

TERRAMERA IS POISED TO DOMINATE

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According to The Lux Research Analyst Blog.

US SETS UP HONEY BEE LOSS TASK FORCE

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The White House has set up a taskforce to tackle the decline of honey bees.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the agriculture department will lead the effort, which includes $8m (£4.7m) for new honey bee habitats.

Bee populations saw a 23% decline last winter, a trend blamed on the loss of genetic diversity, exposure to certain pesticides and other factors.

Read the full article on the BBC here.

WIRED FEATURES PROOF® BED BUG SPRAY

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In a piece by Dr. Gwen Pearson, What To Do About Bed Bugs In Your Laptop?

WIRED FEATURES BED BUG PROOF® APP

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In an informative article by Dr. Gwen Pearson, How to Search Your Hotel for Bed Bugs.

PROOF® – ADVENTURE GEEZER APPROVED

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Popular travel blogger The Adventure Geezer test drove our PROOF® Bed Bug Spray on his recent travels. Click here for details.

BEYOND HONEYBEES: NOW WILD BEES AND BUTTERFLIES MAY BE IN TROUBLE

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By now you probably know about the plight of America’s honeybees: the collapsed colonies and dying hives, threatening pollination services to crops and the future of a much-beloved insect.

But it’s not just honeybees that are in trouble. Many wild pollinators—thousands of species of bees and butterflies and moths—are also threatened. Their decline would affect not only our food supply, but our landscapes, too. Most honeybees live in commercially managed agricultural colonies; wild pollinators are caretakers of our everyday surroundings.

Read the full article from WIRED here.

BED BUG PROOF® APP FEATURED IN SPIEGEL

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One of the world’s leading journals gives Bed Bug PROOF® a positive review. Click here for details.