Volume 39
June 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

It has been a great month, with our 12 RBC EPIC Founders making phenomenal progress on their venture ideas. They are scheduled to pitch for the 2017 $3,500 RBC EPIC Founders Prize on August 2, 2017. More details to come!! 

We've also adjusted our 2017 Enterprising Alumni Windsor Meetup date for September 28, 2017, which will be closely followed by the 3 rd annual UWindsor Biotech Symposium, taking place all day on September 29, 2017. This includes interesting research and commercialization speakers and a panel on opportunities in the marijuana industry. 

In addition, will be hiring for an 8-month contract position that will help us to research and test best ways to engage students at the college and university in our entrepreneurial activities. The preferred person would have studied at both college and university, with a career interest in student engagement and best practices in event planning. If you are interested, please contact Wen Teoh

Lastly, I'm very pleased to announce that EPICentre has partnered with Mediaplanet's 2017 Canadian Innovation campaign for Canada's 150 th.  This has been distributed today through the National Post, in print and online. You can click here to view the entire publicationOur editorial is found on the second page and discusses our developing Innovation Cluster in Windsor-Essex. The editorial can also be found online here!

Happy 150 th Canada Day to all of you!!

EPIC Annual Progress Report

All of EPICentre's yearly progress in one fancy infographic! Check out how much progress we've made over the last year.

Celebrating Windsor's 125th Birthday with 125 Windsor-Essex Entrepreneurs

In honour of Windsor's 125th birthday, we're celebrating 125 Windsor-Essex Entrepreneurs who embody the hard-working, passionate entrepreneurial spirit of the EPICentre! Click one of the icons below to follow us on Twitter, Facebook  and LinkedIn and join the celebration!  


Medical Biophysics graduate looks to connect innovators with adopters

Many organizations, including universities and colleges, are constantly conducting new research and developing new inventions and innovations. In fact, there is a plethora of groundbreaking research constantly happening. But how many of these projects and ideas actually get turned into technology that can be used in the real world? Yann Gagnon, our newest EPIC Incubator member, is trying to make it easier for new medical imaging technology to be adopted by medical professionals with his startup ClearVoxel.

UWIN_3D Print Club is Moving to EPIC Industrial Hub

The UWIN_3D Print Club will be moving its club activities to the EPIC Industrial Hub as of July 3rd, 2017. 

The EPIC Industrial Hub is located in Room 1133 in the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI). It is a business incubation space and makerspace for students interested in starting up their own businesses.

EPICentre now offers free legal drafting tool for its startups through Clausehound

EPICentre is pleased to offer a free, customizable legal document drafting tool to its startups through a collaboration with Clausehound.  Drafting legal documents, from employee contracts to end user licensing agreements, is an important activity for any business. For bootstrapped startups, a penny saved is a penny earned. Through Clausehound, our startups have the flexibility to download from a wide range of business contracts for free.

Dragons' Den Lunch at EPIC Genesis

On June 28th, we hosted our first Dragons' Den lunch at the EPIC Genesis C entre. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to meet up and watch some interesting Dragons' Den episodes while learning about the essential elements of a sales pitch. Our next lunch event will be on July 26th from 12-1pm at EPIC Genesis at St. Clair College!  

EPICentre and DMZ Space Sharing

EPICentre and the DMZ at Ryerson have signed a Friendship Agreement, and now s tartups affiliated with EPICentre are eligible to apply to use the space during their upcoming business trips to Toronto or New York City. Companies can  apply  at any time and will have 24/7 access to a fully furnished enclosed office area, robust amenities and concierge services.


Computer Science graduate developing 'Do-It-Yourself' platform

Are you intimidated by Do-It-Yourself projects? Have you started a home project that you eventually needed assistance finishing? Or maybe you just need a little guidance along the way to get started? A solution is on its way from one of our newest RBC EPIC Founders, Jesse Sheather.

Imagine viewing a rental property online and, after going to see the property, it completely didn't live up to your expectations. Most of us have probably gone through this at one stage or another and it can be a completely frustrating process.

Clarke Gallie, a 3rd-year Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Windsor's Odette School of Business, is working on a new platform that should make finding a rental home a lot easier for tenants while also providing landlords with an easier way of screening tenants and marketing their properties.

Medical Physics graduate developing technology to aid medical physicists

Solving problems in the medical industry can be extremely difficult given the cost of the equipment involved but Samuel Rusu, one of EPICentre's newest founders, has identified a problem that he believes he can solve through his new startup, Rusu Medical.

Environmental sustainability is a hot topic these days. People are more aware (and concerned) than ever before and we need to start thinking about the sustainability of our planet. Luckily, individuals like Bridget Taylor, a 4th year Bachelor of Commerce student at the Odette School of Business, are taking steps to educate the public on what we can do to help our environment and provide future generations with a sustainable planet to live.


RBC EPIC Founders Pitch Day 2017

Join us for our 3rd annual RBC EPIC Founders Pitch Day where our current Founders will be pitching their businesses to a panel of judges. The winning pitch will receive a $3,500 award courtesy of RBC Foundation.

The current Founders will also be showcasing their business ventures in an open house format throughout the event. 

Hors d'oeuvres and light refreshments will be served.

When: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: EPICentre, University of Windsor
Cost: Free

RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition 2017

The 2nd Annual RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition is on it's 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!

We will be taking applications soon so be sure to keep checking the RBC EPIC BMCC Website for updates:  https://www.epicbmc.ca/

Social Enterprise Early Stage Loan Funding Opportunity

The VERGE Social Enterprise Loan Fund, previously only available to the London region, is now being offered to early stage, high growth social enterprises across Southwestern Ontario. The purpose of VERGE is to connect local impact investors with local enterprises that have a social or environmental mission at their core.


Killer Startup Mistakes Entrepreneurs Should Try to Avoid

Are you planning to start a new business? There are many hazards that you might be faced with and avoiding these can help improve the chances of success.

Our latest guest blog post, from Entrepreneur-In-Residence Gerry Simpson, outlines some of these hazards that new entrepreneurs should try to avoid.

Juliet Garcia's EPIC Journey to Canada

Our new international intern, Juliet Garcia, has been blogging about her journey to Canada from Mexico! 

Learn more about what she is doing here and follow along as she continues to update our community on her EPIC Journey to Canada!

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