SAULT STE. MARIE INNOVATION CENTRE
99 FOSTER DR., LEVEL SIX
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON P6A 5X6

T: 705.942.7927 E: info@ssmic.com
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WHO WE HELP

Since inception in 2015, YouLaunch has assisted seven youth led businesses, helped youth access over $115,000 in funding, reached +6,000 local youth, helped create ten jobs, held +60 events, and become a model youth entrepreneurship program in the province. Meet some of our clients below!

Melissa Kargiannakis Heuristext founder

COMPANY NAME 

Heuristext Inc.

WEBSITE

www.heuristext.com

SSMIC CLIENT SINCE

March 2016

INDUSTRY

Education IT and Healthcare IT; Artificial Intelligence

ABOUT THE CLIENT

Heuristext is a for-profit innovative technology company that leverages accessibility by making content easier for everyone to understand, regardless of reading ability. Imagine Google Translate, except that instead of changing information into different languages, Heuristext adapts information to different reading levels.

Heuristext's long-term mission is to improve information equity, with a vision of improving literacy rates. Its current product offering is human-in-the-loop AI service that helps B2B clients adapt their information for multiple audiences across a range of reading levels. Eventually, Heuristext intends to offer a consumer-facing tool to adjust any information.

HOW WE HELPED

Heuristext became a SSMIC client three years after the initial idea of the company. Heuristext's founder Melissa Kargiannakis approached SSMIC for help taking the company from an idea to reality. Since March 2016, SSMIC has helped Heuristext secure funding, legal and IP support services, expand the compay's network, and help create a strategy for the business moving forward. Heuristext accesses programs through SSMIC Business Development team, as well through the YouLaunch, Youth Entrepreneurship Team. In addition, SSMIC provides Virtual Incubation and support services as required. 

 

Stormer Santana, Scoutr founder

NAME 

Scoutr

WEBSITE

www.scoutrsports.com

SSMIC CLIENT SINCE

September 2015

INDUSTRY

Digital Media and ICT

ABOUT THE CLIENT

Founder, Stormer Santana was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada and started playing hockey at a young age.

As an elite level goaltender in a small town, the competitive mentality kicked in early. With this, came the need to make big decisions. Stormer found himself playing hockey at the renowned Shattuck St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota. Upon arrival, he was immediately exposed to the rigors of trying to excel as student-athlete. Striving to play at the highest level, upon graduation, he ventured into the world of junior hockey, with hopes of continued development and being recruited to play college hockey. He and his family quickly came to see that there are a myriad of decisions to be made and no resources available to break down the complexity of those decisions.

During these years, it became overwhelmingly obvious how little information was available to athletes when deciding on a new team, being recruited by a team or being traded. This is why Scoutr was created; to provide the athlete and their family the proper transparency to make informed decisions.

It is the goal and passion of Stormer and the Scoutr team to ensure that future competitive athletes have a voice; a credible resource to tap into through Scoutr.

HOW WE HELPED

Scoutr approached the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre and YouLaunch in September of 2015 with the initial idea of an online rating system for sports teams, driven by athlete reviews. Scoutr has worked with SSMIC and YouLaunch to development of the business strategy and software. With the assistance of SSMIC and YouLaunch, Scoutr has scaled across junior hockey leagues in Canada and the United States. Scoutr continues to be an active virtual incubator client with the program.