About Us

Our position in the technology-transfer ecosystem is the center of opportunity.

TandemLaunch lives in the overlap of innovation, industry and investment. This lets us:

Find, fund and staff Emerging Technologies from the world’s best universities, transforming bleeding-edge research into consumer-ready products.

Remove the barriers that block the transfer of  University Inventions into the marketplace.

Create an ongoing flow of opportunities chosen to match our Industry Partners’ needs, creating long-term returns for our funding partners.

Jumpstart and accelerate the careers of the serial entrepreneurs of tomorrow through our Innovators-in-Residence Program.

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Helge Seetzen, Ph.D.

CEO

Helge Seetzen, Ph.D.

CEO

Helge is an award-winning technologist, entrepreneur, and a recognized global authority on technology transfer and display technologies. His past successes include the transformation of raw university IP into fully commercialized LED TV technology. Brightside Technologies, his previous company, sold to Dolby Laboratories for US$28M in 2007. Helge holds over 40 patents in the fields of display, camera and video technology.

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Emilie Boutros, CA.

CFO

Emilie Boutros, CA.

CFO

Since starting her career as a chartered accountant at KPMG, Emilie has led finance functions for prominent technology companies: Softimage, CGI, and most recently for Averna Technologies, a US$30M business with 300 employees, whom she served as CFO. Emilie holds degrees from McGill University, HEC and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Matthew Smith

COO

Matthew Smith

COO

As well as having founded two companies of his own, Matt has served in executive roles in product management, quality and operations across a wide range of industries including robotics, aerospace, automation, medical imaging and clean tech. Matt holds an engineering degree from McGill University.

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Catherine Young Morris, MPhil

Venture Development Manager

Catherine Young Morris, MPhil

Venture Development Manager

Katie Young Morris served as a Program Manager at the University of New Brunswick where she worked extensively in partnership research and knowledge transfer. She holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management, a Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership and a Masters of Philosophy in Policy Studies from the University of New Brunswick.

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Dominique Bélanger, B.Eng, MBA

Strategic Advisor

Dominique Bélanger, B.Eng, MBA

Strategic Advisor

Dominique Bélanger is VP Venture Capital Strategic Investments and Initiatives at BDC. Prior to joining BDC in 2010, Dominique was co-founder and President of Gamerizon Studio, Inc., and CFO of venture-backed Quazal Technologies, Inc. (acquired by Ubisoft). Dominique currently manages relationships with Real Ventures, Build Ventures, Growlab, Founderfuel, Launch 36, TandemLaunch Technologies and Execution Lab on behalf of BDC.

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Wolfgang Heidrich, PhD

Technical Advisor

Wolfgang Heidrich, PhD

Technical Advisor

Wolfgang Heidrich is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, and is the incumbent Director of the KAUST Visual Computing Center. His research interests lie at the intersection of computer graphics, computer vision, imaging, and optics. He has authored well over 100 publications and been the program co-chair for Graphics Hardware 2002, Graphics Interface 2004, and the Eurographics Symposium on Rendering, 2006.

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Liam Cheung, B.Math, MBA, CFA

Strategic Advisor

Liam Cheung, B.Math, MBA, CFA

Strategic Advisor

Mr. Cheung is the CEO of Tactex Asset Management, and portfolio manager for the Tactex F1 Private Equity Fund and the Tactex B1 Income Fund. Through the course of his 20+ years in the industry, he has managed strategy, technology and operations for equities, derivatives, fixed income, and foreign exchange businesses throughout North America, Asia, and Europe.

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Michael E. Miller, PhD

Technical Advisor

Michael E. Miller, PhD

Technical Advisor

Michael Miller is an Assistant Professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology.  His research interests include human systems integration, modeling and measurement of human performance and human interface design.  Prior to joining AFIT, Dr. Miller contributed to various research and early commercialization activities at Kodak and IBM.  Dr. Miller holds over 80 US Patents in digital imaging and OLED systems.

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Nathalie Marcoux, CA.

Strategic Advisor

Nathalie Marcoux, CA.

Strategic Advisor

Mrs. Nathalie Marcoux has 20 years in the finance industry and been the VP Finance of Capinabel Inc. since 2001. She sits on the boards of the Anges Québec private investors’ network, TC Transcontinental, and Toujours Ensemble. Mrs. Marcoux is a Remi-Marcoux Entrepreneurial Program and Carmelle and Rémi-Marcoux Chair in Arts Management committee member at HEC.

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Eugene Fiume, PhD

Technical Advisor

Eugene Fiume, PhD

Technical Advisor

Eugene is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, co-director of the Dynamic Graphics Project and director of the MSc in Applied Computing. His research interests include computer graphics, animation and modelling of natural phenomena, digital media, internet services, and high-performance interactive systems. He has (co-)authored over 130 publications, and has a long history of industry engagement in Canada and the U.S., most notably via Alias|wavefront and various Board positions.

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Tim Tokarsky, B.Sc

Strategic Advisor

Tim Tokarsky, B.Sc

Strategic Advisor

Over the last 25 years Tim Tokarsky has been a founder, board member, investor and operational manager in many successful (and unsuccessful) tech start-ups, including WysDM software, Organovo, Brightscope, Mediapartnerships.com, Potentia Solar and Micromuse. Micromuse and Organoov listed on major US exchanges, WysDM was acquired by EMC. Tim is currently an angel investor in bio-tech, high tech and green tech companies.

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Josh Reiss, PhD

Technical Advisor

Josh Reiss, PhD

Technical Advisor

Josh Reiss is a Senior Lecturer and head of audio engineering research with the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London. He has published over 150 scientific papers in the areas of music retrieval, time scaling and pitch shifting techniques, polyphonic music transcription, loudspeaker design, mixing and digital audio effects. He co-founded MixGenius, a company that provides intelligent audio production tools.

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Dominique Ferst, B.A.

Strategic Advisor

Dominique Ferst, B.A.

Strategic Advisor

Dominique Ferst has 20 years of experience as an investor, entrepreneur and business operator in the financial services, telecom and web industries. Companies he has founded include TradeFreedom, Ferst Communications, and Odyssey Internet. At Ferst Capital Partners, Dominique manages a portfolio of early stage tech companies and debt and equity investments to the lower-middle market.

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John Kymissis, PhD

Technical Advisor

John Kymissis, PhD

Technical Advisor

Ioannis (John) Kymissis is an associate professor of electrical engineering at Columbia University, and head of the Columbia Laboratory for Unconventional Electronics (CLUE). His area of specialization is solid state electronics and device fabrication, with a focus on thin film devices and systems. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Society for Information Display, and has been a scientific advisor to a number of US based startups.

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Jean-François Grenon, MBA

Strategic Advisor

Jean-François Grenon, MBA

Strategic Advisor

Holding 6 patents, Jean François Grenon brings more than 30 years of telecom and wireless expertise, as a founder, manager, shareholder, and inventor. Prior to forming Vectrad Networks in 2000 and NexTFund Capital in 2003, Jean-François was President and CEO of Innova Corporation, which he took public in 1997. He sits on the board of several innovative companies, including OptoSecurity, and iLoc.

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Aishy Amer, PhD

Technical Advisor

Aishy Amer, PhD

Technical Advisor

Aishy Amer is an associate professor with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University. Dr. Amer has over 20 years of video signal processing experience, with a focus on real-time algorithms in areas such as video noise estimation, video noise reduction, object segmentation, and object tracking. Dr. Amer holds five patents and co-authored over 60 papers. Her noise reduction work for Siemens AG has been implemented in TV chip sets worldwide.

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Charles Bombardier, P.Eng, C.Dir

Strategic Advisor

Charles Bombardier, P.Eng, C.Dir

Strategic Advisor

Charles Bombardier joined BRP in 1999 where he was responsible for the development of the Ski-Doo Elite and Can-Am Spyder. He has founded and managed several companies in sales and distribution, Electric vehicle R&D and online Social Media. Mr. Bombardier is currently an Angel investor and designs and publishes vehicle concepts on CharlesBombardier.com.

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Donald Prévost, PhD

Technical Advisor

Donald Prévost, PhD

Technical Advisor

Donald Prévost is the program manager in charge of vision technologies at the Institute National d’Optique (INO).  He is responsible for defining technological roadmaps that are aligned with client and anticipated market needs. Donald has over 10 years of experience as a team leader and project leader in vision system development. His current interests are in sensor networks, sensor fusion, video analytics and augmented reality.

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Eric Martineau-Fortin, B.Com, M.Sc.

Strategic Advisor

Eric Martineau-Fortin, B.Com, M.Sc.

Strategic Advisor

With close to 20 years investment experience, Eric is a founder and managing partner of White Star Capital, a seed to early stage transatlantic VC fund. Previously, he was a founding member and Partner of Messier & Associés, worked M&A with Merrill Lynch, and Private Equity and Corporate Finance with ABN AMRO. He has been involved with over 50 M&A transactions valued in excess of $10 billion.

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Algolux

Algolux brings professional-quality photography to smartphone owners with a new kind of lens and smart software. With our team of computational imaging experts, we make producing high-quality images seamless and more affordable. More ›

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Backtrack

Backtrack is building wearable tools to help people with back pain recover more effectively. Using wearable sensors and computational analysis, Backtrack lets you track your movement and pain right from your phone, helping you to be smart with your recovery. More ›

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E-Stellar: 3LD Denoiser

Fully-automated, real-time noise removal that gives you sharp and crystal clear images, without sacrificing the small details that are lost in standard denoising solutions. More ›

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Incubated Technology:
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E-Stellar: Resolution Eyes

Resolution Eyes is a software solution that displays high-res detail on low-res monitors. Increase perceived image quality and text legibility without draining processor power and battery life. More ›

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Incubating Technology:
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3D Disparity Solutions

3D Disparity Solutions offers a suite of modeling and algorithms for 3D displays, auto-stereo displays and related devices. The algorithms can improve the visual quality of 3D displays while the 3D disparity allows viewers to choose between watching 3D or 2D at the same time, on the same screen. Glasses on? Perfect 3D. Glasses off? 2D without ghosting.

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Incubating Technology:
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Mirametrix

Mirametrix

Mirametrix manufactures and sells portable, high performance gaze-tracking devices. Mirametrix licensing offers opportunities for major CE companies to explore the transformative potential of gaze tracking integrated into household consumer products. More ›

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MixGenius

Intelligent Mixing creates fully automated, studio-quality mixes in real time using a set of machine learning and spectral analysis based algorithms. We think we can replace the sound-engineer. Or at least make his job more creative. More ›

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TandemLaunch invests in software and hardware technologies for the multimedia consumer electronics market (e.g. audio, video, display, and human computer interaction).  Contact Katie Young Morris at projects@tandemlaunch.com for more information and a copy of our application form.

We invest in your innovation.

TandemLaunch supports your invention with custom funding, builds a business and technical development team around it, and provides the critical industry connections you’ll need to bring it to market.

View our winter call for technology proposals.

And give it what it needs to grow:

Investment Funding
Industry Connections within Consumer Electronics
Experienced Business Leadership
Technical Leadership
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Innovators in Residence Program

Our next Pitch Day will be held on May 13, 2014: A gathering of entrepreneurs and technologists who are interested in joining the TandemLaunch ecosystem. Apply below to receive an invite for the next event.

We bring together teams.

The Innovators-in-Residence program provides business and technology professionals with an opportunity to jump into the start-up process. Our Innovators-in-Residence can follow two broad trajectories of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence or Technologists-in-Residence.

And help them hit the ground running:

Cutting edge tech opportunities
Technical and entrepreneurial talent
Expert and investor network
Financial backing and operational support
Mentorship and training 

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For Companies

We find the innovation you are looking for today, and create the products your customers will look for tomorrow.

Companies need new innovation to fuel their revenue pipeline. And while university innovation can offer major competitive advantage, it is notoriously difficult to leverage. TandemLaunch eases the transition from university to industry in three key ways.

  1. Technology Reports: Time saving roadmaps to emerging innovations.
  2. Technology Scouting: Mandate based scouting from universities worldwide.
  3. Product Acceleration: Funding, growing and accelerating tomorrow’s technologies until they are market ready.

To learn more, contact research@tandemlaunch.com today.

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Like most website operators, TandemLaunch collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. TandemLaunch’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how TandemLaunch’s visitors use its website. From time to time, TandemLaunch may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

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