• Carbon Engineering Virgin Earth Challenge Finalist


    The Virgin Earth Challenge is a contest focused on finding companies with revolutionary technology to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.  Calgary-based Carbon Engineering is one of a dozen companies around the world that is a finalist for the Virgin Earth Challenge. Its technology looks like a giant apartment building where each unit is a wind turbine. 

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    Cool Companies profile from Cool Companies: Alberta’s Clean Technologies 2011

Carbon Engineering

Commercial scale removal of CO2 from the air

With over $5 million in funding and Bill Gates on its list of investors, Carbon Engineering is currently building a sub-scale pilot plant to remove carbon dioxide (CO2)—the main greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming—from the air. In 2013 the company expects to begin engineering an integrated pilot that will be the first industrial-scale plant to capture CO2 from the air. This ambitious target has made the company a contender for Richard Branson’s $25 million Virgin Earth Challenge Prize. The technology is derived from forced-draft cooling towers used in power plants and chemical processing equipment used in pulp and paper production.

Company: Carbon Engineering Inc.,, 12 employees, founded 2009, angel investor/grant funded, startup, pilot phase (pictured), industrial-scale pilot in 2013, ES602, 2500 University Drive, NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, 403.220.6154

Service: Industrial scale removal of CO2 from ambient air

Growth Strategies: Seek more investors and industrial partners

Contact: Dr. David Keith, CEO and Co-Founder,, 403.220.6154

POSH View launches Kickstarter campaign for iMirror 

iMirror is a revolutionary interactive mirror from POSH View. Pre-orders are available through the Kickstarter campaign ending Nov 22, 2013. Video details how iMirror can impact your life and use of campaign funds raised through Kickstarter. (Oct 21, 2013)

Kickstarter campaign:

12 Odd and Surprising Alberta Inventions 
 1. Caesar Cocktail
 2. Bear-Proof Garbage Can
 3. Ginger Beef
 4. Cold-Fx
 5. ATCO Trailer
 6. Rubber Curling Hack (for the sport of Curling)
 7. Pizza Perogies 
 8. Floatation Suitcase
 9. Gluten-Free Foods
10. The Hoe-Rake
11. The SMART Board
12. Space Vision System
Details. Source: The Huffington Post Alberta (Oct 14, 2013)

Updates on Profiled Cool Companies

  • Congratulations to 2013 PROFIT Fastest Growing Companies Winners
    The list includes 24 Edmonton companies and 42 Calgary companies.
    Winners featured in the Cool Companies’ industry guide are:
    3es Innovation Inc.(see Hyprotech, see Successful Exits)
    Blackline GPS Corp.
    CoolIT Systems Inc.
    Splice Software Inc.
    Yardstick Software Inc.
    Zedi Inc. 
    (June 2013)
  • Granify has a new address: 10248 – 106 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1H7  (May 2013 Edmonton)

  • EZ Robot has expanded operations to 15 employees and continues to expand. Visit their website for new jobs.  (Feb 26, 2013 Calgary)

  • 3D Interactive changed its name to Serious Labs.  (Jan 15, 2013 Edmonton)

  • Evoco was acquired. It had 80 employees with 2012 revenue of $10 million.  (Dec 7, 2012 Calgary)

News from Cool Companies Incorporated

  • Video of Technology Alberta/BESTT Cool Companies Career Event
    Thank you to Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) for hosting this event at their facility and preparing this summary. (Feb 2013)

  • Cool Companies Job Board
    This is a list of about 50 companies (mostly Cool Companies) hiring in both Calgary and Edmonton. Most of them participated in the BESTT Cool Companies Career Event in Feb 2013. (Feb 2013)

  • When you visit one of the Cool Companies profiled in our industry guides, look for the Recognition of Achievement plaque in the lobbies of their office. (March 2013)


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