Volume 31
August 2016



Your complete digital resource for keeping up with
everything that's going on this month at EPICentre

RBC EPIC Founders Pitch Business Ideas for Top Award

On August 10th 2016, nine founders completed the RBC EPIC Founders Program by competing amongst one another for the RBC Top Founder Award and $3500.

Pitch Day is the culmination of the program, where each founder must pitch their startup to a panel of judges and demonstrate their progress.

EPICentre Annual Report 2015 - 2016

A Message From The Executive Director:

"I'm excited to provide you with the first EPIC Annual Report for 2015-2016 activities. The Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor is a campus-wide initiative created to encourage entrepreneurship on campus and to support students and graduates from all disciplines interested in launching their own businesses.
We have grown substantially since opening the EPIC Innovation space in January 2015 and continue to offer support to students and graduates through various programming, funding opportunities, mentorship, competitions and research. We have different levels of engagement open to the campus community:
  • Initial access to workshops, networking events, and clubs,
  • Discovery membership, providing mentoring and hot space to early stage youth venture ideas,
  • Founders Program membership, providing funding, mentoring, programming, and hot space to pre-revenue youth ventures,
  • Incubation membership, providing mentoring, programming, discounted leasable dedicated space and access to hot space in incubators in Toronto and internationally for youth and industry partners.
Going forward, we will continue to offer support and promote entrepreneurial activities on campus. I am honoured to be leading the EPICentre with such an amazing team and proud of our EPIC community's accomplishments."
-Dr. Francine Schlosser

Roy Verstraete Fall Founders Cohort set to kick off

EPICentre is proud to announce the five newest founders for the first ever Roy Verstraete Fall Founders Cohort. The program is set to kick off on September 12th.


Introducing eigan. Advertisement

eigen. Advertisement is a brand new startup that offers advertising solutions for local businesses. Their sharing economy model allows for any driver on the roads to feature advertisements from local businesses. This model allows for local businesses to advertise at much cheaper rates while drivers benefit by getting paid for featuring the ads on their vehicles.

Introducing See Farms

See Farms sells high-end custom cuts of meat products that are  pesticide , antibiotic and hormone-free, sold directly to health-conscious consumers and delivered straight to the customer's door. Their goal is to find small farmers who still exist within Ontario and who are producing healthy food, then bringing that food directly to the consumer.  Furthermore, they want to educate the consumer with respect to what is in their food and how their products compare to what is already out there in the marketplace.


The RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition (BMCC) will be held at the University of Windsor from November 25th - 26th.

The official website has launched and we are now accepting applications! The top prize will be $10,000 for the winning team.  

Deadline to apply is  October 17th, 2016.

'What Is An Invention?'

EPICentre will be hosting the EPIC Law Series Lunch & Learn, starting on September 27th from 12:00PM - 1:30PM. The first session will focus on Patent Law with special guest Wissam Aoun, Director of the International Intellectual Property Law Clinic.
The session will discuss the key elements of invention, and using several fun and engaging hypotheticals, will take attendees through the steps of identifying and defining an invention.

Date: September 27
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: EPICentre, University of Windsor (401 Sunset Ave.)

September Networking Opportunity: EPIC Startup Mashup

Startup Mashup introduces startups who need partners to students and alumni interested in joining new businesses. A great opportunity to network with the local community!

Date:  Monday, September 19th
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location:  Rock Bottom Bar & Grill (3236 Sandwich Street)


Generation Startup

GENERATION STARTUP takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the struggles and triumphs of six recent college graduates who put everything on the line to build startups in Detroit. Shot over 17 months, it's an honest, in-the-trenches look at what it takes to launch a startup. Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Miller Houser, the film celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action-with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country's economic future is at stake. 

The film is coming to the  Detroit Film Theatre at DIA for two consecutive weekend runs: October 7 th-9 th and October 14 th-15 th. The filmmakers and film subjects will be in person doing Q&As opening weekend. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE!

For more info and the official trailer, please visit:  http://www.generationstartupthefilm.com/

Generation Startup


Applications for The Next 36 2017 cohort are now LIVE

The search is on for the next generation of young innovators and entrepreneurs. We are looking for ambitious, entrepreneurial students and recent graduates with the drive to create big impact. 

Why Apply to The Next 36?

As part of the 2017 cohort of The Next 36, participants will gain access to a unique and rigorous founder development program, learn from top North American professors and entrepreneurs, get up to $50K in seed capital for their venture, and build formative relationships with business leaders, N36 mentors, advisors, and alumni. The deadline to apply is October 18, 2016. 

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The University of Windsor has thousands of notable industry professionals and interesting alumni to help you build a network, ask questions, or share ideas.

Grab a coffee with professionals, students, and recent grads from our community. 


Venngage Student Startup Scholarship
Venngage is offering three scholarships for entrepreneurial students looking to launch their own startup. 

How To Apply
1) Be a current student or a recent graduate (within the last year).

2)  Create an infographic using Venngage  that pitches your amazing startup idea.

3) Email your infographic to  sara@venngage.com  with the title "Scholarship Application". Include your full name, your school and program of study, what year of education you are currently in, and the link to your infographic.

Venngage will pick three infographics that showcase the most promising, exciting and innovative business ideas (and how you plan on using your scholarship money). Deadline is October 1st, 2016.

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The world has solutions to poverty. Can you distribute them to those in need?

D-Prize is seeking aspiring leaders to start a new organization and increase access to global poverty solutions. Winners of this entrepreneurship competition are given up to $20,000 in funding to launch a pilot of their venture idea. D-Prize is especially interested
in supporting students who are just getting started in their social impact careers.

D-Prize is for all aspiring entrepreneurs. You may come from anywhere in the world, be any age, and have any background. You must be ambitious, a skilled leader, and ready to work hard to grow your company/NGO for years to come.

Submit a resume and two-page concept note by Sept 18 (early deadline), Oct 2 (regular deadline), or Oct 16 (limited extension). Early submissions are encouraged. 

Leddy Library Research Question Competition

Is there something you're curious about? Do you have an interesting, engaging or even amusing research question? If so submit it to the Leddy Library Research Question Competition for a chance to win one of three $50 prizes!

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Master of Applied Computing Intern Program

The University of Windsor has students in the Master of Applied Computing program that are seeking paid internships in software, web, and mobile app development. The internships take place from July to December 2016 or January to April 2017 and can include full-time or part-time hours. 



Libro Credit Union and WEtech Team Up to Support Startups

Libro Credit Union is partnering with  WEtech Alliance by establishing the Libro StartUP accelerator program that provides financial and mentoring support to startup entrepreneurs of all ages in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent.

Libro StartUP is made possible through a generous $50,000 grant from the Libro Prosperity Fund.

Nominations now open for the 27th Annual Business Excellence Awards

Since 1991, the Business Excellence Awards has become the premier event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Windsor and Essex County. This evening will bring together Windsor and area business leaders and media for a celebration of excellence in business.

The deadline for nominations is  Saturday, October 1, 2016 . Any individual can make nominations for any of the Business Excellence Award categories according to the criteria outlined for each award. 


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