RUNWITHIT Synthetics recognized as “most Edmonton startup”

RUNWITHIT Synthetics was declared the “Most Edmonton Startup of the Year” at the first-ever YEG Startup Community Awards.

RWI Synthetics constructs city models with artificial intelligence to visualize complex infrastructure projects like energy transition, economics, mobility and resilience. The adjudication committee noted the company’s work to build a “synthetic model of what Edmonton could be in the year 2035.”

“Really, we’re a little-known, oddball company that has some crazy ideas about how we can get together and use artificial intelligence to solve the world’s problems — the biggest ones and the scariest ones,” CEO Myrna Bittner told the virtual gathering after Mayor Don Iveson presented her with the award on May 20.

Samdesk and Areto Labs were runners-up in the category recognizing startups demonstrating diversity, innovation, and risk-taking.

The award show, hosted by Taproot’s own Emily Rendell-Watson, served as “an entrepreneur-led, volunteer-run, and community-centric initiative to recognize the brilliant work that’s being done in our city.” Almost 200 guests were in virtual attendance to see 12 individuals and companies rewarded for their efforts.

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