Concussions are known as the silent epidemic in sports like hockey, football, lacrosse and skiing. Many of these injuries go undetected until it’s too late. Coaches and parents are often unaware of when they should evaluate players and remove them from play.
Ottawa-based Impakt Protective
has developed an affordable and easy-to-use sensor device that integrates into sports helmets to alert coaches and parents when a player’s head has been hit. A patented software algorithm then processes data sent to a smartphone app, providing information on direction and force of impact.
OCE introduced Impakt Protective to Algonquin College and helped them secure $50,000 in FedDev funding. OCE then initiated and funded the partnership to help the company develop their Android and BlackBerry software apps. The results encouraged Impakt Protective to hire three students, one through OCE’s First Job program. CCR also provided supported through their Facilitated Access to Capital program, helping the company attract additional capital.
Impakt Protective has launched four products and is actively selling their Shockbox device in Canada and the U.S. The company just signed retail agreements with Source for Sports, Play it Again, and a number of online hockey retailers.
The company’s CEO, Danny Crossman, was recently recognized by the Ottawa Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty and the company was a finalist in the 2012 Bootstrap Awards.
“The OCE project was definitely successful, it developed the two software applications on time and we hired two engineering students from Algonquin college and another hardware engineer from Algonquin College through OCE’s First Job Program.” —Danny Crossman, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Impakt Protective
Return on Innovation
- Currently has eight employees
- Three are Algonquin College students who participated in the OCE-funded project
- Plans to hire another four people in the next two years
OCE©2012 Last updated 10/2012