Queen’s alumni win US$500,000 business idea prize

Posted on November 03, 2015


Mobile device sanitizer first developed at QICSI2014

CleanSlate Device

CleanSlate, a company founded at the Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative (QICSI) in 2014, has won a 43North US$500,000 capital investment prize.

Queen’s graduates Taylor Mann, Scott Mason, and Oleg Baranov were among the QICSI group that pitched an idea for a device that uses ultraviolet light to quickly sanitize mobile devices in medical settings, like hospitals and clinics, where infection risk is high. They built a prototype and won seed money during the QICSI competition and have continued work on the project ever since.

43North is a program that aims to foster commerce in Western New York. CleanSlate beat out some 11,000 entries to claim one of the six US$500,000 runner-up prizes. Along with the capital, the company gets working space at the 43North incubator in Buffalo. In exchange winners give up five percent equity and agree to relocate to Buffalo for a year.  

Read prize coverage from CBC News, Financial Post and Tech Times.

Learn more about CleanSlate.

Learn about 43North.

See the device in action: