Volume 35
February 2017

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

I am pleased to highlight a number of EPIC activities and partnerships that took place in February.
Firstly though, we welcome our Regional Innovation Centre, WEtech Alliance, to their new location at EPICentre. A welcoming Open House took place on March 1st, 2017 to celebrate this collaboration. 
In February, we hosted a number of legal information workshops and look forward to hosting more of these workshops, in collaboration with LTEC, in March. 
On the teaching front, we will work with Odette to help roll out their entrepreneurial minor for non-business students across campus. This minor will provide enhanced experiential learning curriculum options for students, and be useful whether they work for themselves or for others upon graduation.  In order to develop an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset, it's necessary to engage youth both in-class and outside of class!
We have also become involved in a partnership of researchers and community organizations led by York University Professor, Valerie Preston, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council ($2.5 million over 5 years) that will investigate Migrant Resilience in Canada. Reza Shahbazi of the New Canadians' Centre of Excellence will join me as Co-chairs of the Windsor City network. Involving the local government and immigration partnership, the network will develop a research program around the resilience of international students and immigrants and their economic and entrepreneurial value to the community.  
Finally, we are partnering with Odette and with the Faculty of Law to develop networks of entrepreneurial alumni in Toronto.  On April 27, we will partner with the faculties and with the MBA/JD Student Association to host an inaugural meeting of the UWindsor MBA/JD alumni network. Individuals with MBA/JDs are extremely entrepreneurial and many have been involved in developing the EPICentre as you now know it.    

On April 28, we intend to host a breakfast meeting with alumni of the CBAR/IPLIN/CEL/EPIC consulting teams. As students, these alumni experimented and built experiential consulting courses that continue to provide real value to our local business community. 
We look forward to announcing more partnerships in March!

EPICentre accepting applications for RBC EPIC Founders Program 2017

Apply for our RBC EPIC Founders Program and GET PAID to work on your startup!!!

EPICentre is officially taking applications for the 2017 RBC EPIC Founders Program. Students or alumni of any post-secondary institution from any discipline can apply and those selected will receive up to $6,000 over the course of three months to work on their startup company!

Submission deadline is March 31st, 2017.

Thank You to EPICentre Volunteer Mentors

On January 30, 2017, EPICentre hosted a networking night for its volunteer mentors from all over Windsor-Essex to meet with EPICentre startups. In addition to networking with each other, the networking night created an avenue for mentors to watch the startups' pitches and to learn more about their businesses. EPICentre's volunteer mentors are categorized into general or baseline mentors, and subject matter experts. Baseline mentors typically provide general business advice to startups and guide them through their milestones, while subject matter experts are experts in a specific field who will provide advice to startups on an as-needed basis. EPICentre would like to give a shout out to its mentors and subject matter experts for coming to the networking night and committing to assist our startups grow their ventures!  Thank you!

EPICentre at the Movies

On March 3rd, EPICentre will be premiering a 30-second ad at Lakeshore Cinemas in Tecumseh during the pre-show for Logan and various other movies. The ad will run for three months, starting at the beginning of March until the end of May. 

Come out and support EPICentre, order some popcorn and enjoy the show!

EPICentre welcomes WEtech Alliance

It's official! WEtech Alliance, Windsor's Regional Tech Innovation Centre, has officially made the move to their new home here at the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre on the University of Windsor campus.

The EPICentre team would like to welcome WEtech and look forward to collaborating on a variety of entrepreneurship-related projects in the future. 

Marketing class takes on startup projects

This semester, EPICentre incubator members had the opportunity to work with students from the Odette School of Business to help drive their startups forward. Approximately 20 upper-year marketing students enrolled in Dr. David Hutchinson's Marketing Strategy and Planning class are taking a practical approach to the course, offering hands-on marketing insight and services to EPICentre incubator members. 

Each venture has their own marketing initiatives. Marketing students are working in teams to fulfill each unique need over the course of the semester, with a final presentation day set for the end of March. This partnership is one of many benefits to our incubator members on their entrepreneurial pathway to success and also benefits students through experiential learning!


Deadline for EPIC Blue Sky Competition approaching


Enter our EPIC Blue Sky Video Competition for a chance to win great prizes!

Create a two-minute video that outlines an idea to solve ANY problem. The idea should be innovative, inventive or improve on an existing product or service. There are no limitations to what your problem or idea can be, as long as they remain professional. Let your creativity take over!

Judging will take place during our Blue Sky Viewing Night on March 23rd from 4-6PM. All participants, friends, family, students, community members, etc. are welcome to attend.

The deadline to apply is March 20, 2017. 

Citi® Tech for Integrity Challenge

Citi® and its Allies are proud to present the Citi® Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I), a global initiative to invite and encourage technology innovators from around the world to create solutions to help public sector entities increase transparency and promote integrity. 

Tech innovators can now apply to the challenge by submitting an application form and one-page document explaining their solutions.

Deadline for applications is March 12th, 2017.


Ranking 101: The Fundamentals of a Good SEO Strategy
In "Ranking 101", we will discuss how to get your business started on the right track when it comes to search engine optimization. Reviewing each step along the path to SEO success, we will discuss the research involved, how to implement the research, strategies to avoid and a peek into the future of SEO. Some topics include: Keywords, Backlinks, Content and how SEO brings them all together.

This session in our EPIC Marketing Series will be led by Sebastian Agosta, owner of SebastianAgosta.com, a digital marketing company. 

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Venue: Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, 2nd Floor
Where: 2455 Wyandotte St. W., 2nd floor, Windsor Ontario

This workshop is open to all University of Windsor and St. Clair College students, faculty, staff and community.

What Startups Need to Know About Electronic Payment Systems
Every business must have some form of electronic payment system in place in order to conduct transactions with customers. This session will discuss some of the basics that members of the startup community need to know about, including the role that various actors play in the system, the costs associated with participating in the system and some of the legal issues that startups may encounter as they prepare to accept payments from customers.

This session in our EPIC LAW series will be led by Dr. Muharem Kianieff, an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. 

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Venue: Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, 2nd Floor
Where: 2455 Wyandotte St. W., 2nd floor, Windsor

This workshop is open to all University of Windsor and St. Clair College students, faculty, staff and community.

UWill Discover Undergraduate Research Conference 2017

UWill Discover is a campus wide undergraduate conference that showcases research, ideas, inventions and creative activity from every department and faculty on campus!

UWill Discover draws attention to and celebrates our students' research and original creative activity. It is an expression of the goals and aspirations of our University, to develop deeper and broader connections between teaching and research, between learning and the community, and between the classroom, the lab, and the working world.

UWill Discover 2017 will take place on Friday, March 31 in the Ambassador Auditorium, CAW Student Centre.

Life in the Soil 
Join us on March 7-9, 2017 for Life in the Soil, a 3-day interdisciplinary event presented in collaboration between Jennifer Willet, Amanda White, Alana Bartol and  hosted by the INCUBATOR Lab at the School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor. Life in the Soil will feature Interactive workshops, excursions, and participatory discussions led by artists, activists, farmers, and scholars who are each invested in the scientific, indigenous, embodied and practical knowledge about the vital nature of soils.

Please note that Life in the Soil is FREE and open to the public, 

CLICK HERE for details, schedule, and registration information.

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