Invested: June 2020
Tectonus believes in saving lives and livelihoods.
Their unique technology helps buildings withstand multiple earthquake events, with their seismic devices allowing a building to self-centre back to its original position. Resulting in minimal disruption to owners and occupants - and going beyond the 'life safety' standard specified in the engineering code.
Tectonus is a university spin-out (University of Auckland) and Velocity challenge winner founded in the wake of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Founders Pierre Quenneville and Pouyan Zarnani focused their research efforts to develop a system that would better protect people, places and businesses from structural damage witnessed post seismic event. Buildings would re-centre post event and avoid costly structural repairs and replacement.
With two commercialised categories to date (structural devices and storage tanks devices); serving multi-storey buildings and liquid storage tank markets, Tectonus solutions have been implemented in greenfield projects in New Zealand and Canada including the likes of: Nelson Airport, Lincoln University, Oxford Terrace, Hutt Valley Health Hub, Cathedral College and Fast + Epp HQ building in Vancouver, with more projects yet to be deployed.
Tectonus envision truly resilient cities by significantly improving the performance of earthquake-prone buildings with a long term, damage-free system for new and existing buildings.
- The Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2021 – Grand Winner
- Westpac Awards 2021 - Excellence in Innovation Award Winner
- Hi-tech Awards 2020 – Most Innovative Hi-Tech Hardware Product Award finalist
- Hi-tech Awards 2020 – Most Innovative Deep Tech Solution Award finalist
- Kiwinet Awards 2020 – Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award finalist: Professor Pierre Quenneville and Dr Pouyan Zarnani
- 2020 Westpac Business Awards Excellence in Innovation finalist
- 2019 ANZLF Trans-tasman Innovation & Growth Awards winner
- Hi-tech Awards 2019 – Hi-tech Start-up Company of the Year finalist
- 2018 Westpac Business Awards Excellence in Innovation finalist
- 2017 NZ Innovation Awards finalist - Innovation in Design & Engineering