Tech Venture Challenge champ

Jackie Martin (BSc'02, BSc'03, MA'05) of Viking Innovations and her business partner Mike Ransom were awarded the grand prize in this year's University of Saskatchewan Tech Venture Challenge.

Martin and Ransom were awarded the top prize for their product, the Dalmatian, a kitchen fire prevention system for the home. They will receive $50,000 from the U of S Industry Liaison Office.

The Dalmatian is a small control panel designed to disconnect power to the kitchen range and counter plugs when a smoke alarm is activated. With no electricity or heat, kitchen fires are far less likely to start or spread, safeguarding property, home and family.

The Tech Venture Challenge is an annual business start-up competition. It is open to anyone with a University of Saskatchewan affiliation -employees, researchers, students and alumni - who want to take their technology idea and translate it into a business.

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