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REF NO.: 143

SUBJECT: Memorial University’s Genesis Centre graduates wireless power technology company

DATE: June 19

Solace Power Inc. is celebrating today after the company graduated from Memorial University’s Genesis Centre. The Genesis Centre is Memorial’s business support network for technology-based ventures that have high-growth potential, and are seeking business guidance and capital.
Solace Power has recently received significant private investment, and an experienced business leader has joined the management team. The success of Solace Power was recognized at a ceremony attended by representatives of government, the university and the local business community.
Solace Power was founded by Kris McNeil, who has more than a decade of experience in different wireless sectors, from mobile phones to marine communications systems. Solace is developing wireless power technologies for use in military and paramilitary markets. Earlier this year, Neil Chaulk joined the company as a co-owner and vice-president of business development. Mr. Chaulk is the founder and former director of International Communications and Navigation (ICAN), which he sold to the Holland Institute of Traffic Technology B.V., a surveillance company from the Netherlands. 
The primary needs that can be satisfied by Solace’s wireless power technology are in reducing the burden on soldiers on foot and improving the
effectiveness of soldier technology by making the charging of powered components easier and more reliable. The concept of a wearable wireless power system with a single rechargeable battery is quite appealing to the military. This type of market pull has generated significant interest from the prime contractors and other suppliers.
Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, said Solace Power’s success is an excellent example of how the Genesis Centre and Memorial University can drive economic growth in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“The Genesis Centre is an important part of the Memorial community. Their work to help client companies translate ideas into successful business ventures is building Newfoundland and Labrador’s knowledge-based economy,” said Dr. Kachanoski. “Memorial University is proud of the success Solace Power has achieved and of the support provided by the Genesis Centre.”
“Solace Power is very excited to celebrate its graduation from the Genesis Centre,” said Mr. McNeil, president, Solace Power. “The Genesis Centre has been instrumental in helping Solace succeed at the various stages of its early growth. The experience and knowledge of the staff at the centre have proven to be extraordinarily helpful and we appreciate all of the encouragement and support provided over the past years.”
Solace Power is the 31st company to graduate from the Genesis Centre since 2000, and the centre is currently working with 10 other clients. It has helped its clients raise more than $23 million in private equity, 60 per cent of that amount coming from outside the province. Graduates include Rutter Technologies, Verafin, Genoa Design, Virtual Marine Technology and ClearRisk. The Genesis Centre was named Canadian Incubator of the Year in 2011.

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For more information, please contact Keelin O’Leary, vice-president, entrepreneurial support, Genesis Group, at 709-864-2365 or; or Kris McNeil, president and CEO, Solace Power Inc., at 709-765-3353 or 
Solace Power was founded in 2008 to commercialize its wireless power technologies. Solace Power’s advisory board has included Dr. Jacqueline Walsh, Assistant Professor, Memorial University, Grenfell Campus; Deborah Bourden, CEO, Applecore Interactive; Steve Kavanagh, Deputy Operations Director, IntecSea and Neil Chaulk, before he joined the company in early 2013. The company’s mentor is Gordon Conlin. Gordon was formerly the Managing Director of Fidelity Information Systems. He was responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the Canadian division. He is currently working as an independent investment management professional in Toronto.
The Genesis Centre is a division of Genesis Group Inc., the technology commercialization arm of Memorial University. It is supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the provincial Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, and Memorial University.
The Genesis Centre operates as a support network for technology-based ventures that have high-growth potential, and are seeking business guidance and capital. It helps selected enterprises gain access to the marketing, finance and management expertise of world-class mentors and advisory board members. It also connects entrepreneurs to the scientific, technical and business expertise resident at Memorial University. By helping these entrepreneurs implement effective advisory boards, develop comprehensive business plans and build capable management teams, the centre prepares promising ventures for private investment.


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