V13 Policetech Accelerator and Sootsoap Collaborate in Product Testing
The V13 Policetech Accelerator has launched a Pilot Stream initiative with Sootsoap for the testing and validation of detoxifying and deodorising product innovations. The local company launched with a mission to address the contamination challenges facing firefighters and now has an expanded line of lab-designed and formulated all-natural products suitable for multiple applications (more at sootsoap.ca).
In February, 2022, Sootsoap’s President and Co-Founder K. Dee Howard pitched successfully to the Cobourg Police Service (CPS) Innovation Platoon. The Innovation Platoon is a special group of frontline police personnel passionate about improving community safety and operational excellence. They play an integral role in product testing and validation as part of the Accelerator initiative.
The V13 Policetech Accelerator team, led by NCFDC’s Joe Miller, helped the company to refine the project objectives, performance metrics and most efficient way to test three new products in a policing environment. With a primary focus on officer workplace health and wellness, the project will test performance in a real-world setting.
“Innovation is at the core of what we do,” said Howard, owner of Sootsoap and a resident of Port Hope, Ontario. “Our company was born out of necessity and tremendous passion for the safety of our first responder community–something we share with the V13 Policetech Accelerator. The support and feedback from the team at NCFDC and the Cobourg Police Service’s Innovation Platoon has been invaluable as we work to continue to develop unique, effective and safe solutions for those working to make our communities safer.”
The V13 Policetech Accelerator will share additional news and information following the completion of the current collaboration with Sootsoap.
Additional Media Links
- Port Hope’s Sootsoap Supply Co. shampoo wins first place at 2021 Clean Beauty Awards (Peterborough Examiner)
- Product of the Day: Detoxifying and Deodorizing Body Soap (Firehouse)
- Tales of Triumph: Sootsoap Supply Co Ltd. (Canada Post via YouTube)
- Dee Howard Talks Soap and Firefighters (Can’t Sell This Podcast)
- Northumberland Businesses Pivoted to Address PPE Shortages (Northumberland News)
Marketing Communications Lead
Cobourg Police Service
K. Dee Howard
President and Co-Founder
Sootsoap Supply Co. Ltd.