KITCHENER — Matt Rendall, chief executive officer of Clearpath Robotics, will represent Ontario in the national finals for the $100,000 Young Entrepreneur Award sponsored by the Business Development Bank of Canada.
“It is more validation that we are onto something really powerful,” Rendall said in an interview.
The bank said Clearpath Robotics made it to the finals for its work on autonomous mobile robots that are able to navigate warehouses and factories on their own.
This cutting-edge technology is a new focus within Clearpath that taps into a lucrative market in advanced manufacturing.
Until now, Clearpath has produced autonomous vehicles that can operate on land and water. They collect samples from toxic environments, perform tasks in underground mines and clear explosives.
But the Kitchener company’s latest technology push is all about mobile robots in warehouses and factories.
The Young Entrepreneur Award is open to individuals who are 18 to 35, who faced a turning point or decisive moment in their business, and came up with solution that puts the business on a new growth trajectory. Rendall’s turning point is the plan to develop autonomous mobile robots.
Starting Wednesday and continuing until June 17, Canadians can vote for the provincial finalist they think should win the Young Entrepreneur Award. People can vote at www.bdcyoungentrepreneuraward.ca as often as once a day.