Mining Studio

Reimagining mining to be
safer and more sustainable.

Prospect Mining Studio, a partnership between Vimson Group and Newlab, supports top entrepreneurs, engineers, inventors, and prominent researchers to advance the natural resource and mining industries.

The Studio allows teams to build, pilot, and scale solutions that deliver efficiency and sustainability to the $1T mining industry. The program explores opportunities in prospecting and surveying, exploration, mine design and planning, closed loop production, and mine closure and mitigation.

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Corporate partners play a vital role in the success and impact of our innovation studios. Joining the Prospect Mining Studio is a unique avenue to collaborate with top entrepreneurs, access real-time research and prototyping facilities, and solve your most pressing business challenges.
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Key dates
Info Sessions
February 4 & March 2
Open Call deadline
March 10
Finalists notified
End of May
Finalist workshop
Startups selected
Pilot design
Jun - Sept
Fall 2021
Focus areas
Tailings, Waste, and Water Valorization and Reduction

Capturing more value from minerals through synthetic biology, physical, chemical as well as data-driven innovations that improve methods of reduction and valorization of tailings, waste, and water. Conversion of mining and processing byproducts into raw materials for new applications or carbon sinks, creating closed-loop production cycles in mining.

Efficiency Optimization

Maximizing operational, logistics and supply chain efficiency through the deployment of distributed sensors and digitalization. Improving the prescriptive life cycle management of assets, and workforce engagement.

Ore Understanding

Maximizing knowledge for selective winning of ore through the mining value chain from discovery to processing and even mine design. Applications may include advances in real time, remote, in-field and in-line, multispectral and penetrative sensing and data interpretation relating to elemental, mineralogical, metallurgical, physical, trace or even biological properties.

In collaboration with the Canada Mining Innovation Council

Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization

Optimizing energy consumption in mining, transport and processing, from sensing and digitalization to novel rock breaking and processing methods. Reducing the carbon footprint of mining processes and machines and new distributed non-fossil energy sources and alternative battery storage.

Worker Performance
and Safety

Setting a new bar for safety to keep workers out of hazardous environments through intuitive visualization and advanced imaging (AR/VR), teleoperations, decision support, and heightened workforce motivation and engagement. Physical protection on a person or system level.

2021 Cohort
Pitcrew AI
Newcastle, Australia

Providing artificial intelligence-driven predictive analytics and condition monitoring for heavy vehicles and equipment.

Sherbrooke, Canada

Developing diamond-based quantum sensors with vectorial capabilities for mineral exploration, infrastructure inspection, space, and defense.

Muon Vision
Cambridge, USA

Leveraging a transformative, deeply-penetrating X-ray technology to boost the throughput, sustainability, and safety of mineral processing, steel-making, and industrial processes.

Lexington, USA

Developing targeted solutions for sustainable water treatment and turning waste into an asset.

San Francisco, USA

Offering bespoke, aftermarket solutions designed to work with any software system while enabling autonomous workflows in the mining and construction industries.

Cemvita Factory
Houston, USA

Applying synthetic biology to enhance the kinetics and resilience of biomining microbes from preconditioning of rock, to extraction of metals, and recycling and remediation.

Impulstec GmbH
Radebeul, Germany

Developing and constructing an industrial shock-wave system for material fragmentation and recycling applications.

Potsdam, Germany

Using cloud-based spectral imaging to unveil mineralogical information for machine automation, decision-making, and process control.

Earth Alive Clean Technologies
Montreal, Canada

Developing and distributing environmentally-sound microbial products that resolve some of the greatest sustainability challenges currently faced in the mining, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors.

Broadbit Batteries
Espoo, Finland

Developing revolutionary new batteries using novel sodium-based chemistries to power the future green economy.

Quidnet Energy
Houston, USA

Developing an alternative approach to energy storage by storing water to deliver energy from intermittent renewable resources such as solar and wind.

Essen, Germany

Helping machine manufacturers and operators make better and faster decisions by offering data-based, reliable, and actionable insights that can be integrated into daily workflows.

2020 Cohort
Allied Microbiota
Stonybrook, NY

Identifying beneficial microbes and their enzymes to create sustainable bio-chemicals.

Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT)
Calgary, Alberta

Converting CO2 emissions from power plants into exfoliated inorganic solids.

Zurich, Switzerland

Combining chemical-sensing technology and cloud-based data solutions to enable monitoring and optimization of cyanide usage in gold leaching processes.

Exyn Technologies
Philadelphia, PA

Using autonomous aerial robot systems (UAVs) to gather data in complex, GPS-denied industrial environments.

Bhubaneswar, India

Developing proprietary additives for dispersants, dewatering aids, flow aids, and grinding aids to reduce ore-processing costs.

Brooklyn, NY

Generating photo-realistic synthetic data to enhance Vision AI models and create limitless amounts of on-demand training.

Lixivia, Inc
Santa Barbara, CA

Using hydrometallurgical technology to refine mineral mixtures including low-grade lime, dolime, steel and iron slag, rare earth metals, and lithium.

LlamaZOO Interactive
Vancouver, BC

Deploying a spatial business intelligence platform to consolidate and visualize organization-wide data in the context of real-world locations.

Novamera, Inc
Toronto, Ontario

Using directional drilling equipment and advanced imaging technology to develop a precise excavation technique that’s sustainable, safe, and economical.

Sudbury, Ontario

Developing A.I. algorithms to improve the efficiency of resource conversion drilling during pre-production activity.

Arnhem, Netherlands

Applying predictive A.I. and Embedded Acoustic Recognition Sensors (EARS) to detect faults in industrial equipment.

Phoenix Tailings
Woburn, MA

Offering an end-to-end, zero-carbon solution for sustainable harvesting of valuable metals from hazardous mining waste.

Pliant Energy Systems
Brooklyn, NY

Conceptualizing, patenting, and developing new technologies in marine robotics, propulsion, electricity generation, and pumping.

RIO Analytics
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Developing A.I.-infused and industrial analytics applications to predict failures of industrial assets.

Tomahawk Robotics
Melbourne, FL

Developing multi-domain robotic control solutions serving security and defense, energy, infrastructure, and assistive robotics markets.