Volume 37
April 2017

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everything that's going on this month at EPICentre
A Message from the Executive Director

As a new semester begins, we are proud to announce the expansion of our EPIC team to include Dr. Michelle Nevett, our Health and Social Innovation Research Associate. Dr. Nevett has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Windsor and has been teaching part-time in the Nursing Faculty at St. Clair.  We are also pleased that Sebastian Agosta will consult with us on marketing strategy and social media outreach .   
It's been quite calm on campus during exams, but at EPICentre we have been running full-tilt.  Our Summer RBC EPIC Founders Program received 50 applications, of which 25 were selected to pitch, and 12 were ultimately selected for the 12 week intensive venture development program.  We'd like to thank judges Sandra Vasquez, Puneet Mathur from  RBC and Gerry Simpson, our Entrepreneur in Residence, for dedicating their time to this important program.
We've just returned from our first EPICentre alumni events in Toronto.  The Odette School of Business and the Faculty of Law partnered with us to make them a great success. You'll find our more in this issue. We're already planning for our next EPIC alumni event in Windsor, so mark the date Thursday, September 21, 2017!
On the research side, we've been busy. I was fortunate to present a research paper with Dr. Gerry Kerr at the Strategic Management Society meeting in Milan, Italy in April. The paper examines the motivations and career changes from paid to unpaid work by successful tech entrepreneurs. As part of our University of Windsor Golden Jubilee Speaker Series in Entrepreneurship, we invited Dr. Matthew Gibson, Director of Educational Programs, Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan to present to the Odette faculty in April. Upcoming research projects include various studies involving succession planning in financial services and youth and immigrants.

EPICentre hosted two alumni events in Toronto this past weekend.  On Thursday, April 27,  the MBA/JD Student Society, EPICentre, the Odette School of Business, and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law held an inaugural MBA/JD Alumni Celebration. This was followed with an Enterprising Alumni Networking Breakfast on the morning of Friday, April 28th.

Meet the 2017 Founders

EPICentre  is pleased to announce the top 12 promising startups that have officially been accepted to the RBC EPIC Founders Program, Summer 2017 cohort. The program will kick off on May 8th, 2017.

EPIC Genesis celebrates collaboration with launch party

History was made on April 20,  2017,  with the launch of the new EPIC Genesis Centre. The University of Windsor has partnered with St. Clair College to provide an entrepreneurship space for college and university students to develop and build their business ideas.

Introducing PepCo: EPICentre's first student startup at the EPIC Industrial Hub

Ever had an idea, but just didn't know where to start to create it? Or a solution to a problem but not sure how to implement it? That's where PepCo steps in. PepCo's goal is to bridge the gap between ideas and reality, taking products off of paper and getting them into user hands. Rapid prototyping with 3D Printing is evolving the product world as we speak, so contact the experts at PepCo today with any ideas you may have and they'll be sure to set you up with the best 3D Printing applications possible!

Introducing EPICentre's Health & Social Enterprise Research Associate

We would like to welcome Michelle Nevett to our EPIC team as our new Health & Social Innovation Research Associate. She will be working as part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) Social Enterprise Partnership for Southwestern Ontario, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.

EPICentre member nominated for Woodie Flowers Award

Bob Hedrick of CAMufacturing Solutions, one of EPICentre's incubator startups, was nominated for the Woodie Flowers Award. He was a finalist at the FRC District Championship which was held in Mississauga from April 12-15, 2017. EPICentre would like to congratulate Bob on his nomination.

EPICentre at Toronto's Digifest

EPICentre and the University of Windsor were in the house for Toronto's Digifest on April 27-28.  Digifest Toronto is a three-day conference located on Toronto's waterfront that focuses on the future of education, creativity, entrepreneurship, gaming, and technology.

A team of computer scientists from the University of Windsor also won praise at the conference for their service to share information about the accessibility of sites to people with disabilities.


Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit 2017

If you haven't yet registered, please do so ASAP! You will not want to miss out on the opportunity to be part of a global phenomenon held across 30 cities - from New York to Berlin, Montreal to Mexico City - pairing technology innovators with healthcare experts to build solutions to front-line healthcare problems.
Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit III returns to TechTown Detroit May 5-7, 2017.  
Copyright User Rights and Access to Justice Symposium

Join us at the  Symposium on Copyright User Rights and Access to Justice,  hosted by Windsor Law LTEC Lab on Thursday and Friday May 18-19 2017 at the Freed Orman Centre on the University of Windsor campus.

The conference is free for University of Windsor faculty, staff, and students. If you wish to attend, please register through the link below at the earliest opportunity.


Cross-border Health Foundation and WIN join forces to impact health systems in Canada and the U.S.

The  Cross-Border Health Foundation  (CBH) in Arlington, VA, and the  World Health Innovation Network  (WIN) at the University of Windsor's Odette School of Business joined forces to advance healthcare in Canada and the United States.

"Partnering with CBH gives us an extraordinary opportunity to work together with industry, government, and health organizations to accelerate formal cross-border collaboration that will advance health policy and innovation in our respective health systems," says Dr. Snowdon, Academic Chair of WIN. "By leveraging the close relationships between Canada and the United States to share knowledge and expertise, we can advance health system performance, strengthen our economies, and improve health outcomes for patients in North America and globally."

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