Volume 34
January 2017

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

It's a new year, and we have been off to a very fast start!!  This edition highlights some of our events this month.  If you weren't able to attend, I hope to see you next month!
Since it's the start of a new year, I would like to share with you some of our plans for 2017.  
When EPICentre was set up two years ago, the vision was that the University of Windsor would become a centre for entrepreneurial education and opportunity for students and for the Windsor-Essex region. We refined this vision to complement our role as a learning institution and focused on developing student knowledge, skills and abilities by providing entrepreneurial experiential learning and networking opportunities. 

This year we will focus strategically on partnership development and the optimization of EPIC spaces. 

EPICentre celebrates Second Birthday in style

On January 24th, over 100 students, entrepreneurs, business professionals, faculty and staff came out to celebrate EPICentre's Second Birthday.

EPIC Blue Sky competition prizes renamed to honour sponsor

The University of Windsor and the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) is proud to announce that Dr. Sushil Jain, President of the South Asian Centre of Windsor, has generously donated $10,000 in support of EPICentre's EPIC Blue Sky Competition.

EPICentre launches new promo video

One of EPICentre's own, Stan Amyotte and his production company Shine 5 Productions, put together an amazing promo video that will motivate, inspire and encourage students to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. 

Introducing the new EPIC Board of Advisors

The University of Windsor and the EPICentre are proud to announce the inaugural EPIC Board of Advisors. The goal of this board is to provide advice that will help EPICentre to become an impactful and sustainable part of the University of Windsor, creating value for student, faculty, alumni, and community stakeholders. This group of amazing advisors has been selected by Dr. Wildeman because of their varied expertise in campus innovation and commercialization, and their power bases in Canada and the U.S. We are grateful for their help and look forward to our first consultation!

EPICentre helps connect 4th year Electrical and Computer Engineering students with industry partners

On Friday, January 13th, EPICentre hosted a meet and greet networking event at EPIC Innovation for students to meet with industry partners. Although only half of the sixty-six students were looking for projects, many of them were excited to have the opportunity to meet representatives from Brave Control Solutions, CenterLine, Enwin Utilities, and Proto Manufacturing.

Winter Hackathon a great experience for UWindsor students

EPICentre was proud to sponsor the Winter Hackathon, which took place over the weekend at the University of Windsor from January 27th to 29th, 2017. This event was co-organized by the School of Computer Science and Hackforge. Seventeen teams consisting of fifty students took part in this coding competition. Teams had to select one of the various challenges presented by the community/private sponsors and were tasked with presenting a solution at the end of the competition.

EPICentre's Entrepreneur-in-Residence assists with local cyber security startup

CORAcsi is a business developed by Joe Latouf and, through contacts initiated by EPICentre's Executive Director  Dr.  Francine Schlosser, Joe was introduced to Gerry Simpson, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the EPICentre. Joe had initiated contact with the EPICentre to seek assistance with some areas of technical development. The initial meeting led to further contact with Gerry and a very productive joint effort to launch the business.


RBC EPIC Founders Program 2017

Do you want to get PAID to work on your own business idea? EPICentre is now accepting applications for our summer RBC EPIC Founders Program!

The RBC EPIC Founders program is intended to teach startup founders the theory of the Lean Startup, while working through the Business Model Canvas and Starting Lean methodology. Students work on their business and are paid full-time through May to July to work with mentors on their minimum viable product. 

Submission deadline is March 31st, 2017.

OBI ONtrepreneurs Program

Win $50,000 to build your Neurotech company! The Ontario Brain Institute is now accepting applications for its ONtrepreneur's Program. They will be offering up to 10 awards, a chance to win $50,000 for your company, mentorship and training.



EPIC Blue Sky Competition 2017

Win up to $1,000 and a trip to Toronto for the OCE Discovery Conference! 

The EPIC Blue Sky Competition is a 2-minute video competition, showcasing an idea (product or service) to solve ANY problem. All University of Windsor and St. Clair College students are eligible to compete!

EPIC Challenge


Take part in our EPIC Challenge for a chance to win cool prizes while also showing off your social media and presentation skills! 

IDeA UWindsor Competition

Do you have an idea that could make our community accessible?

IDeA UWindsor is seeking to challenge the creative and innovative minds of undergraduate students to identify accessibility related-barriers and create inclusive, practical, cost-effective and unique solutions to them.  

Submit your accessible design idea and you could win great prizes and compete at the Ontario-wide competition! 

  • IDeA UWindsor Competition: February 21st, 2017
  • IDeA Ontario Competition: April 1st, 2017

E-Fest: A Competition for Undergraduates
Undergraduates from around the country will have the chance to compete for over $250,000 in grants and scholarships at a three-day celebration of undergraduate entrepreneurship April 6-8, 2017, in Minneapolis.

Student teams who are interested in entering the competition should contact Wen Teoh at   wteoh@uwindsor.ca

For more information visit:  https://eiexchange.com/e-fest

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