Swirltex wins Edmonton Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition and moves onto National Final Showdown

Edmonton, ABMay 21, 2019 | Swirltex was named the winner of the Edmonton Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition. Melanie McClaire, CEO of Swirltex won $2,500 and a trip to Toronto where she will compete head-to-head against six regional finalists for the grand prize of $25,000 and up to $100,000 in in-kind scaling support.

Alberta-based company Swirltex builds custom water treatment systems for a wide range of applications, such as wastewater, frac water treatment, dairy processing, mining wastewater, beverage clarification, and more. Swirltex’s unique membrane system separates solids and liquids based on buoyancy, allowing for higher production rates and higher quality effluent. The ability to manipulate the buoyancy of contaminants within the liquid stream allows Swirltex to treat a wide range of wastewater types that would otherwise not be re-usable. In addition, the system consumes a fraction of the energy compared to conventional water treatment methods.

“It’s amazing to be able to showcase what we are doing. I think our cleantech space resonates with Canadians, so we are really excited to have this amazing exposure,” said Melanie McClaire, CEO of Swirltex. “The Canadian Export Challenge is important because of both the educational component and the ability to connect with other entrepreneurs; the networking piece is important.”

“Seeing first-hand the innovations being started and scaled in Canada is transformative. Swirltex is doing amazing things in the water treatment industry and providing a useful technology that can greatly benefit Canada,” said Rachelle DeSorcy, Canadian Export Challenge Lead at Startup Canada. “We’re delighted to see Swirltex win the Edmonton Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition and know they will proudly represent Alberta entrepreneurs in Toronto in October at the Final Showdown.”

Presented by Startup Canada in collaboration with UPS Canada®, Export Development Canada, and the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, the Canadian Export Challenge in Edmonton showcased and supported more than 100 borderless businesses to go global.

McClaire is set to travel to Toronto to represent Alberta global companies in October during Small Business Week, where they will have the opportunity to pitch to win the grand prize and title as Canada’s 2019 Global Entrepreneur, receiving a host of support and funds.

Follow the Canadian Export Challenge as it makes its other stops in Ottawa, Mississauga, Fredericton and Montreal in June.

For more information, to schedule interviews, and to secure your media pass at the Pitch Competition Final Showdown, please contact:

Maddie Stiles
Media Relations, Startup Canada
613-295-4590
maddie.stiles@startupcan.ca

About Startup Canada
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About Export Development Canada
Export Development Canada (EDC) helps Canadian companies of all sizes go, grow, and succeed in their international business. As a financial Crown corporation, EDC provides financing, insurance, bonding, trade knowledge, and matchmaking connections to help Canadian companies sell and invest abroad. EDC can also provide financial solutions to foreign buyers to facilitate and grow purchases from Canadian companies. For more information about how EDC can help your company, call us at 1-888-434-8508 or visit edc.ca.

About the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is Canada’s largest network of international business professionals – specialists with field access to global business opportunities to help Canadian companies succeed in markets spanning the globe. With over 120 years’ experience, the TCS is the go-to service for international business expertise and helps Canadian companies navigate the complexities of international markets with on-the-ground assistance available in over 161 cities worldwide. With a network of over 1,300 Trade Commissioners around the world, of which a large majority are locally engaged experts in their respective markets, the TCS also includes the Regional Business Network, which provides on-the-ground client service across Canada through 5 Regional Office hubs and Client Service Satellite offices co-located with partners in every province of Canada. By delivering tailored advice, the TCS helps Canadian businesses gain market insight, find new opportunities, connect with key contacts, and resolve business problems, so that they may make better, timelier decisions, propelling them to global growth. For more information, visit tradecommissioner.gc.ca.

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Rachelle Desorcy
Rachelle Desorcy
rachelle.desorcy@startupcan.ca