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QICSI 2016 winners venture to China for accelerator program

RockMass technologies continues to develop business while garnering nomination for Provincial award

October 27, 2017 Maureen O'Reilly

The RockMass team (left to right) Shelby Lee, Stuart Bourne, Matas Sriubiskis, Matt Gubasta.

The RockMass team (left to right) Shelby Yee, Stuart Bourne, Matas Sriubiskis, Matt Gubasta. Credit: Photo Supplied by Matt Gubasta

Last summer, the student start-up RockMass Technologies took home a grand prize of $30,000 from the Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative (QICSI) Venture Pitch Competition. Over one year after their victory, the team has travelled to Shenzhen to further develop their business.

According to their website, RockMass provides “a data collection tool for geologists to measure structural information, strike and dip measurements, of exposed rock faces more efficiently, accurately, and safely.”

The tool — which is compact, durable and easy to use — gives users real-time measurements to help analyze and assess the structural stability of a mine. According to RockMass Chief Operating Officer Matt Gubasta, ArtSci ’17, the team plans to eventually offer a range of products to equip the mining industry with “a fully mechanized structural mapping system that efficiently and exclusively maps geological features.”

Since they won last summer, Gubasta said the team has mainly been focusing on product development.

“Since the summer program finished, our goals have been […] getting a working product into the hands of users,” Gubasta told The Journal.

Currently, the team is engaged at the HAX accelerator program in Shenzhen, China. HAX works with entrepreneurs to help start their hardware venture from scratch by finalizing product prototypes and scaling companies in terms of manufacturing.

Read the rest of the article in the Queen's Journal: http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2017-10-27/news/qicsi-2016-winners-ven...