Edmonton Startup WinnersStartup  Edmonton’s Skunkworks  is a hands-on competitive program that brings together developers, designers and entrepreneurs to create and prototype solutions for real world problems in different industries. Multi-disciplinary teams work with real world customers and organizations to develop prototypes and make pitches to a panel of judges. Winning teams then advance to the next round where products are refined and implemented through actual customer pilot programs. The first Startup Edmonton Skunkworks initiative was held in conjunction with the Alberta Motor Association. The results are in, and they have  announced the three local Edmonton startups selected to move onto the next phase: to work directly with the AMA to plan and scope a pilot in early 2012.
And the winners are:

  • Bitshift Games (first place) – A mobile game for social good, focused on travellers helping other travellers.
  • Darkhorse Analytics (second place) – Predictive modeling and forecasting around real-time road conditions, traffic incidents, and other traveller information.
  • PlanHero (third place) – Facebook application that helps people plan, organize and book trips and events.

Startups were judged on their product demo/concept, pilot readiness, and fit with the AMA’s interest in the development of real-time traveller information applications.

By advancing in the Skunkworks program, the three local startups will get a chance to gain unparalleled experience, access and early traction with a major customer to help propel them beyond the pilot into global markets and raising funding.

For more information about the Skunkworks program and results, contact Ken Bautista at ken@startupedmonton.com. See more about Startup Edmonton.