Volume 70
April 2020
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A Message from the Director

It has been almost two months since we have transitioned to working remotely. EPICentre's team continues working remotely to serve our students and entrepreneurs.    In response to COVID-19 pandemic, we have partnered with WEtech Alliance and Windsor Essex Small Business Centre (SBC) to launch the  EPIC Nimble Program  to support small businesses currently facing unprecedented challenges brought by the pandemic. Successful applicants will receive mentorship, advisory services and funding up to $4,000 to help them adopt or technology into their current business model so that they can stay sustainable or achieve competitive advantage in the marketplace.   
The 2020  RBC EPIC Founders Program   will start virtually on May 19 th . We are in the process of finalizing the cohort.  This is a 12-weeks accelerator program sponsored by RBC Foundation where successful participants will receive up to $6,000 to work on their business ideas  
The first cohort of the  EPIC VentureWomen  finally had the chance to pitch their businesses remotely to a panel of judges. We are very proud of the accomplishments from all four teams: Vectorgaze, Ground Culture, BeauxApp and Xpress Career. Congratulations to Ground Culture for winning the cash prize of $3,000 sponsored by the Lucas Imagine Fund.    
We have just wrapped up our first  EPIC VentureWomen Program , a program to support woman-led startups. Due to the closure caused by COVID-19, we have rescheduled the Final Pitch Day, which originally scheduled for March 30 th  to a later date where one team will claim the Top VentureWoman Prize of $3,000 in cash sponsored by Lucas Imagine Fund. Stay tuned for further information.   
We are also utilizing the 3D printers  and laser cutter  in our Windsor Mold Group EPIC Makers' Base to help Dr. Jill Urbanic and her team  in collaboration with Valiant to  make  parts for  face shields . To date, we have donated over 250 face shields to various organizations in our community.       
Finally, we would like to reveal our brand new  website . We have been working hard with our website designer Sebastian Agosta over the past few months on this project. We hope you like it.   
Until we see each other in person again, s tay health y!      
EPICentre continues our operation virtually 

EPICentre and its makerspace, Windsor Mold Group EPIC Makers' Base  remain  physically close d. Our team, however, continues to operate remotely. We are  available for virtual meetings or phone calls. You may contact the following persons directly for questions related:  

Meet our new EPIC Board of Advisors

EPICentre is excited to introduce our new board of advisors chaired by University of Windsor President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Robert Gordon. Visit our website to learn more.

Thats A Wrap on Our First 
EPIC VentureWomen Cohort

On April 30th, our first EPIC VentureWomen cohort completed their virtual presentations to a panel of judges for their chance to win a $3000 cash prize from the Lucas Imagine Fund. We're thrilled to announce the winners of the competition, Ground Culture! 

WEtech, EPICentre and Windsor-Essex FIRST Robotics Partner With 3D Printing Companies To Donate 500 Face Shields

We're happy to announce that we've teamed up with  WEtech Alliance   Windsor-Essex FIRST , local 3D printing companies  KELCOM Document Division  and our EPIC Incubator members Pep Corp. to donate 500 face shields to essential workers across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent. Learn More

A Goodbye from our EPIC Co-op Student

For the past 4 months, I have had the pleasure of being an employee at the EPICentre. I say employee because I never felt like a co-op student. From the moment I walked in the door I have felt like I was an employee like everyone else. Read more.

2020 IDeA Competition

We would like to share the  video   compiled by the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility (OHREA) highlighting the IDeA Competition that took place at EPICentre earlier in February.  Congratulations  to Noor Al-Azary for winning the competition with her project Listening Academics. IDeA (Innovative Designs for enhancing Accessibility) is an annual student competition hosted by OHREA to engage creative minds to develop inclusive, innovative, cost-effective and practical ideas to solve accessibility-related barriers.

Where Are They Now?

This past month, we had the opportunity to catch up with Laura Pinault, former member of the  RBC EPIC Founders Program  and co-founder of Aphasia Friendly Canada, a non-profit that provides Canadian businesses training and resource development support to better understand the communication disorder, Aphasia. Read More

In The News

Program for Small Businesses

A new program is designed to help more businesses do exactly what Sketch Art Workshop is doing - using technology to open a new revenue stream.  The program is funded by FedDev Ontario and it's called the EPIC Nimble Program. Read more. 

Windsor's EPICentre aims to help businesses pivot during COVID-19

A new program from the University of Windsor's entrepreneurship hub looks to help businesses adapt and strengthen through the COVID-19 crisis. Read More. 

EPIC Small Biz

The pandemic has underscored the importance of being nimble if you're in business. A new program from the University of Windsor is ready to help with that. Listen to the April 15th broadcast here.

Nimble Program to Help Windsor-Essex Businesses

In collaboration with WEtech Alliance and the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre, the University of Windsor Entrepreneurship, Practice and Innovation Centre ( EPICentre ) is proud to announce the launch of the EPIC Nimble Program, funded by FedDev Ontario under the Community Economic Development and Diversification stream program. Read More

        EPIC Opportunities 

My EPIC Idea

Have a great idea?  A solution to a newfound problem?  The next big thing?  We want to hear about it!
We're taking our EPIC Idea sessions virtual. email layanb@uwindsor.ca to get set up with one of our EPIC Program Leads. You'll have the opportunity to discuss your idea and find out the next steps to make your dreams a reality.

        External Opportunities


A set of challenges that serve as an open call for innovators to design inclusive, technology-enabled products, services, or solutions in r esponse to COVID-19.  Learn more


ClimateLaunchpad is the world's largest green business ideas competition , a program that is run simultaneously across the globe in over 50 countries. Learn More

Produced by the Entrepreneurship, Practice & Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor
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