Volume 41
August 2017

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Your complete digital resource for keeping up with
everything that's going on this month at EPICentre
A Message from the Executive Director

We are enthusiastic and ready for a new year of campus entrepreneurship! I'd like to highlight the welcome addition of Maureen Lucas as Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR).  Maureen, whose award-winning recruitment business, Lucasworks! now has 3 locations and has been among the fastest growing businesses in Canada. She has also been ranked by Profit Magazine in the top 100 female entrepreneurs in Canada. Maureen will join Dave Kirby in providing entrepreneurial advice on both campuses.  EPICentre will also be coordinating a "Tech EIR for a Day" which will engage tech mentors from Toronto, Waterloo, and Silicon Valley to help our members.
We also welcome Dr. Marcia Carvalho de Azevedo, a visiting scholar from the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil. Dr. Carvalho will work with me over the next year to research best organizational practices with respect to aging workers, including their engagement in new ventures. She will be located in EPIC Innovation. Additionally, Odette M.B.A. candidate, Jean-Paul Smyth will join the EPIC team for a Fall work-integrated learning experience.
Our flagship EPIC Founders Program continues this Fall and we are currently reviewing 26 applications for the 6 person cohort. We are also working with several local corporations to host 1-2 day long customized innovation events for their employees, including design thinking, product development, and idea pitches. If your organization is interested, please contact us. 

In mid-September, we will host a group of Bio-Science students and faculty from Oxford Brookes University as they visit Windsor. Over the term, EPIC Odette consulting students will be working with these scientists to help them commercialize their innovations. The Odette students will travel to Oxford, U.K. to meet them again late in October.
EPICentre locations at the university and the college are now fully staffed and will be open on a full-time basis. We have engaged many faculty and classrooms in outreach on both campuses, and planned a full event schedule. The team has worked hard to develop amazing events, such as Print For Healthcare, RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition, Mini-Makerfaire, Biotech Entrepreneurship Symposium, Enterprising Alumni Reunion, Fintech Symposium and many more - so check out our calendar and get involved!

EPICentre launching EPIC Launch Program

The EPIC Launch Program is your opportunity to open your own shop or make money doing what you love! The program is open to students of St. Clair College and the University of Windsor who are under the age of 29 and are interested in starting their own business. At the completion of the program, candidates can submit a 5-10 page business plan on their new venture for  an opportunity to receive a $500 stipend to go towards their startup fees .

OOLO Beta Launch

EPICentre's incubator member, OOLO, is beta launching! OOLO App is a free rental platform for users to connect with one another and share their sports equipment and adventure gear. You no longer have to let your kayak spend its summer in the shed or pay a fortune on a new tent to use one weekend of the summer. OOLO allows its users to get more out of their adventures for less! 

The app is launching its beta testing program on September 15th. The beta testing process invites eager users to test the app before the public launch and to submit feedback on where the app functions well and where it can improve. To participate in beta testing, just email info@ooloapp.com with your name so we can get you involved instantly! Share more. Waste less. Adventure often.

Maureen Lucas joins EPICentre as new Entrepreneur-In-Residence

EPICentre would like to give an EPIC welcome to Maureen Lucas, Founder of LucasWorks! Maureen has joined EPICentre as our newest Entrepreneur-In-Residence and will assist students and alumni with their business ventures in a mentorship role. 

Maureen Lucas is the Founder and President of LucasWorks!, a successful recruitment firm in Southwestern Ontario with offices in Windsor, Kitchener and London. Maureen has helped student entrepreneurs in the past with mentorship and has provided the LucasWorks Scholarship for student entrepreneurs or students assisting startups at EPICentre. In every year since 2013 Maureen has been acknowledged as one of Profit Magazine's Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs. 

International Intellectual Property Law Clinic is a great resource for startups seeking legal IP help

The International Intellectual Property (IP) Law Clinic provides upper year law students the opportunity to learn real intellectual property practice by working with local inventors and startups under the supervision of qualified professionals. 

The Clinic also provides intellectual property services to needy inventors and startups in local communities!


RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition 2017

The 2nd Annual RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition is on its way! The competition is scheduled to take place on November 17-18, 2017 at the University of Windsor and is the official qualifier for the national Canada Business Model Competition at Dalhousie University. Teams will compete from across Ontario for the $10,000 grand prize, provided by RBC Foundation.

We are now accepting applications! Visit the official website for more information and APPLY TODAY:  https://www.epicbmc.ca/

Print For Healthcare Competition

EPICentre's inaugural PRINT FOR HEALTHCARE competition will see post-secondary students, and the community at large, develop innovative 3D-printed healthcare devices that meet the needs of local healthcare providers. We have officially partnered with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and have support from several local healthcare providers, educational institutions, and 3D printing businesses.
To participate in this competition as a team mentor or to register your team, please visit our website or contact Michelle Nevett at  nevettm@uwindsor.ca OR 519-253-3000 ext. 6615.

EPICentre to host Enterprising Alumni Meet and Greet in September

Please join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Twisted Apron in Windsor on Thursday, September 28th (from 5:30-7:30PM), and take the opportunity to share with other colleagues  how your experience at the University of Windsor has supported you in your business endeavours. The meet and greet will highlight the following programs at the University of Windsor:
  • Centre for Business Advancement and Research (CBAR)
  • Intellectual Property Legal Information Network (IPLIN)
  • Centre for Enterprise and Law (CEL)
  • Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Clinic (LTEC)
  • EPIC Odette Consulting
  • Enterprise Development Consulting
  • Enactus Windsor (formerly ACE)
  • Entrepreneurship Practice & Innovation Centre (EPICentre)

EPIC Startup Mashup

Startup Mashup introduces startups who need partners to students and alumni interested in joining new businesses. Join us for a drink and network with some amazing local talent at our first Mashup of the new school year at Walkerville Brewery!

When:  Tuesday, September 19th, 4:00 pm
Venue: Walkerville Brewery
Where: 545 Argyle Road, Windsor, ON

2017 Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Symposium: Bridging Biotechnology & Business

The BE Symposium is geared towards students, entrepreneurs and biotechnology professionals who wish to develop their knowledge of the biotechnology industry and the journey from research innovation to thriving business. This one-day symposium will inform participants about the journey from biotechnology to business while showcasing hot topics in the industry and guiding them to achieve their career goals. This year's keynote address by Dr. Ken Massey, Wayne State University, will showcase the journey from biotechnology to business. Registration links can be found below:

Robots At Common Law

Windsor Law's LTEC Lab welcomes Professor Ryan Calo, Lane and Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Assistant Professor, University of Washington, School of Law.
Professor Calo's talk will situate the current discourse around robotics law and policy within the history of cases involving robots in American courts.
The event is taking place on Thursday, September 21 at 12PM in the Farmer's Conference Room at the Faculty of Law Building on the University of Windsor campus. Lunch will be provided.
Limited space so please RSVP to  lteclab@uwindsor.ca by Sept 15. 

Green Future Competition

Undergraduate and Graduate students are invited to showcase their research on energy conservation and the use of renewable energy and its practical applications for a chance to win up to $500!

Your submission must be an original work--video, audio, or a text document. Your submission must not exceed three (3) minutes in length for video or audio, or 300 words for a text document.  The top 3 submissions will receive cash prizes.

Awards will be presented during a ceremony held on October 3 at 4PM in the EPICentre reception area.

Submission deadline is September 15, 2017. Please send your submission to Dr. Tanya Basok at  sustainability@uwindsor.ca.


Catching up with past Founder Colin Matthews

Colin Matthews, a past EPICentre Fall Founder  and current member of our EPIC Incubation Program, sits down with our international intern, Juliet Garcia, and provides some insight on his entrepreneurial journey, as well as some great advice for future entrepreneurs!

Produced by the Entrepreneurship, Practice & Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor
Learn More about EPICentre: https://youtu.be/_0oUPfJh8CM