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CBU Nursing Students Win $25K in Spark Competition

Chris Walker, Tanas Sylliboy, Kate MacEachern, Kelsey Robertson and Taylor Sibley, current CBU Nursing students who formed TACKK Mobile Health Solutions, have won $25,000 in Innovacorp’s Spark competition.

As part of the nursing course, NURS4101, Community Health Nursing II – Population Focused Approach, students are required to develop a business case on how they can improve patient outcomes and save health care dollars. CBU’s nursing group, TACKK Mobile Health Solutions, developed an app called FootChek; FootChek and FootChekPro applications offer healthcare professionals and consumers a real-time, interactive diabetic foot monitoring application to help reduce the incidence of diabetic foot ulcers.

"I am so proud of these students with their success in the Spark Competition and I believe this is just the beginning of innovation products you will see from the students in the Nursing Department at CBU," says Corrine MacIsaac, Associate Professor of Nursing. "This win validates the innovative capabilities of our nursing students, they are often unencumbered by the 'can not change the status quo mantra' and have very much a can do attitude; we will continue to foster this proactive and upstream approach to health care as we try and do our part to improve patient outcomes and help to sustain the health care system."

Funds awarded are to be used to support the completion of prototypes or preparation for taking the product or service to market.‎ In addition to the funding, winners will receive mentoring from seasoned business people through Cape Breton’s new MENTOR CONNECT program.

Spark Cape Breton is a competition to find and support high potential, early stage technology companies, and encourage entrepreneurial activity in the region.‎ It is presented by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and Innovacorp.

"This recent success in the Spark Competition could not make us prouder of our Nursing students or the faculty leadership and insight that led them to be exploring innovations in Health care within their  Nursing curriculum to begin with!," says Dr. jane Lewis, Dean of Professional Studies. "Their win is evidence that a powerful new dimension in Nursing education at CBU is paying dividends already.  Beyond preparing Nursing graduates who are highly competent and compassionate practitioners,  CBU is empowering Nursing students who see themselves as leaders and problem solvers in a health care system that really needs their kind of ingenuity."