TerraFixing, GastroTrackAI and NXoCare join MakerLaunch startup accelerator at uOttawa

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The MakerLaunch startup accelerator at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ottawa is thrilled to introduce three innovative technology ventures joining its 2024 cohort: TerraFixing, GastroTrackAI and NXoCare. These startups will gain access to resources including funding, mentorship, prototyping facilities and networking avenues, all geared towards propelling their products and services to market.

MakerLaunch plays a pivotal role in fostering strategic partnerships and facilitating connections with investors, venture capitalists and prominent figures in various industries. The startups benefit from a wealth of resources, from non-dilutive funding to dedicated dry lab and office spaces, as well as prototyping tools. They also gain access to industry-specific mentorship and guidance from seasoned entrepreneurs.  

TerraFixing has developed the only direct air carbon capture (DAC) technology for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) in cold, dry climates. Its process uses proven materials and machinery. The adsorption-based technology is designed to be mobile, so it can fit in a shipping container with only one input (renewable electrical energy) and one output (pure CO2). By locating its DAC solution in locations with cold, dry climates, proximity to sequestration sites and access to underutilized clean and affordable energy sources, TerraFixing has achieved the lowest cost to total CO2 ratio — a real solution to climate change.

GastroTrackAI works in the gastrointestinal health industry, a rapidly-growing area due to an increased prevalence of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders among aging populations, and a higher consumption of processed and fatty foods. It offers an innovative solution for people with digestive issues to easily track their diet, medication, exercise and gastrointestinal symptoms.  The service allows paid users to determine their food sensitivities or intolerances using the app’s AI functionality.  

NXoCare is developing a platform to help patients, their families and health-care providers better access and share records. Through its web app, patients can organize and access their health information as needed. They can also easily request records from any of their providers on the network and share them with family members, caregivers and providers, even during emergencies.  

Brion Raffoul LLP, a patent and intellectual property law firm based in Ottawa, remains a MakerLaunch corporate partner, offering counsel and industry expertise in crafting IP strategies for each startup. This firm has been a partner of MakerLaunch since 2019.  

The program also welcomes Deloitte as a new corporate partner, to assist founders and startups with sourcing tax credits, grants, venture capital funding and loans.

MakerLaunch remains dedicated to a nurturing, co-operative ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs. The three companies are positioned to make substantial strides within their industries. Their participation in the MakerLaunch accelerator program at uOttawa is a key moment in their entrepreneurial journey. 

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Lionel Regis
Program Manager, MakerLaunch
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About MakerLaunch

MakerLaunch provides University of Ottawa students and recent alumni entrepreneurs with the support necessary to fast track commercialization of technologies and launch new tech startups. Our program is designed to propel startups to success by surrounding them with the team, facilities and tools needed to launch and scale.