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LlamaZOO Wins $10,000 Top Regional Startup Award in BCIC New Ventures Competition
BCIC New Ventures Competition Awards Ceremony, Vancouver, BC - September 26, 2016 - LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. ("LlamaZOO") was named the Top Regional Startup winner in the 2016 BCIC New Ventures Competition. This award is accompanied by a $10,000 cash prize, and recognizes LlamaZOO as the top placing venture located outside Metro Vancouver in New Ventures BC’s annual province-wide business competition for early stage tech companies.
“We have made several tremendous advancements over the past few months, both with EasyAnatomy specifically, and overall as a company. Winning this award is greatly appreciated recognition for our progress as a business, and for our team’s huge effort over the summer.” said LlamaZOO’s co-founder and CEO Charles Lavigne.
This year’s BCIC New Ventures Competition began with over 165 entrants. The field was then narrowed down to a final 10 companies over three rounds of pitch presentations and consolidated business plan submissions. Previous winners of the competition have gone on to experience exponential growth and be acquired by multi-million dollar companies, and include MediaCore (acquired by Workday), GenoLogics (acquired by Illumina), and Vonigo.
“Charles and I made a conscious decision to build this company in Victoria, and we have received fantastic support from the local community all along the way.” said Kevin Oke, co-founder and Vice President of Sales. “We’re very happy to help shine some light on the amazing tech ecosystem Victoria has to offer.”
The Top Regional Startup award comes on the heels of LlamaZOO's invitation to China to attend the inaugural meeting of the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA), and the launch of its subscription-based software application for the veterinary education market - EasyAnatomy. EasyAnatomy has found significant early traction, with customers including major institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, home of the oldest medical school in North America, and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, one of the oldest schools of its kind in Canada, along with individual veterinary students from over 30 schools across five continents.
LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. is an early-stage software company focused on developing EdTech software that delivers interactive 3D content while incorporating learning techniques guided by cognitive neuroscience. The company was founded by video game industry veterans Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke. In just over a year the pair have gone from meeting in a coffee shop over an idea, to developing a prototype and partnering with leading international universities, raising $500,000 in private equity funding, growing the company to 14 full-time staff, and being selected by Microsoft as a "first wave" developer for Hololens.
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Two major post-secondary institutions have adopted EasyAnatomy, the company's groundbreaking veterinary education software.
Victoria, BC (August 18, 2016) - LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. is pleased to announce two major post-secondary institutions have adopted EasyAnatomy, the company's ground-breaking veterinary education software. This announcement comes as LlamaZOO Interactive has been selected by Microsoft as a "first wave" developer for its new Hololens augmented reality platform, and continues to demonstrate how 3D can be used in education.
EasyAnatomy borrows strategies from cognitive neuroscience to update course materials, in real time, according to the needs of the learner. Students’ performance is analyzed to create individualized quizzes, increasing study time efficiency.
"EasyAnatomy is a truly innovative EdTech software product that promises to revolutionize post-secondary education for both students and educators, for a variety of subjects" said LlamaZOO co-founder and CEO Charles Lavigne. "Students can now study the complexities of animal anatomy in 3D, online, anywhere and at any time. With the early promise of how virtual and augmented reality can benefit education, we’re excited to continue to advance the product and innovate in the space.”
The University of Pennsylvania, home of the oldest medical school in North America and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, also one of the oldest school of its kind in Canada, will provide their students and faculty with EasyAnatomy. The interactive software incorporates MRI and CT scans into its detailed 3D models of animal anatomy and is available to anyone with an online subscription.
"Anatomy has always been a difficult subject to learn and teach. EasyAnatomy is a novel tool that allows students to explore and understand anatomy in a way that's never been possible before," says Dr. Chris Clark, an Associate Dean at Western College of Veterinary Medicine. "We're excited students and faculty can take advantage of this revolutionary software."
The two new major customers have signed on as LlamaZOO Interactive prepares to successfully end beta development of EasyAnatomy and start offering the EdTech software in app stores and via the LlamaZOO Interactive website.
"We're really excited that two of the oldest and most prestigious medical and veterinary schools in North America have decided to adopt EasyAnatomy," said Kevin Oke, LlamaZOO Interactive co-founder and Vice President of Sales. "These two new customers, plus the prestige of being selected as a developer for Microsoft's new Hololens project, provide strong validation of how EasyAnatomy promises to transform post-secondary learning. We will continue to refine, develop and add value to EasyAnatomy going forward."
About LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.
LlamaZOO Interactive was co-founded in 2014 by video game industry veterans Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke, and was quickly accepted in the VIATEC Accelerator program that fosters successful technology startups in Victoria, BC. The company continues to grow at a rapid pace and is currently recruiting developers for a number of positions, with the intent on delivering highly engaging, interactive, and meaningful educational content to iOS/Android, Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed reality devices.