Volume 30
June / July 2016



Your complete digital resource for keeping up with
everything that's going on this month at EPICentre
EPICentre accepting applications for the Roy Verstraete Fall Founders Cohort
EPICentre is pleased to announce that they are now taking applications for the first ever Roy Verstraete Fall Founders Cohort. The 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 from September 6th to November 25th to work with mentors on their minimum viable product. The Roy Verstraete Fall Founders Cohort is also available as a co-op placement for students who would rather start their own innovative business. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2016.

Program Start Date:  September 6, 2016
Program End Date:  November 25, 2016
Pitch Day:  December 2, 2016


MBA Society hosts Odette MBA Invitational

The Odette MBA Society and the Class of 2017 were proud to host the Odette MBA Invitational on Saturday June 25th. Over 60 golfers came out on a beautiful sunny day to Ambassador Golf Club in Windsor, Ontario with 20 more joining for the dinner reception. Guests included current students and alumni (representing 8 different cohorts), local business and community leaders, as well as friends and family of the Odette MBA students and alumni.  READ MORE 

Practice Makes The Perfect Pitch

Practice makes perfect! Or in this case, practice makes for the perfect pitch. Successfully pitching a business idea to investors is no easy task but preparation is one of the main ingredients for success.

In anticipation of RBC EPIC Founders Pitch Day, EPICentre's latest summer cohort is getting ready to make their final pitches after spending the summer working on their startups.  READ MORE 

EPIC Founder launches startup PayEzay

One of EPICentre's newest up-and-coming startup companies is making it easier to collect money! PayEzay, a company started by EPIC Founder Eric Wilson, is a website that allows people to quickly collect money from a large group of people to avoid the frustration of chasing people down for money.  READ MORE 

EPICentre Founder attends Next Gen Summit in New York

Entrepreneurship can be scary, nerve wracking, a risky career move, financially stressful and overwhelming. However, entrepreneurship can be the best decision you ever make. It can be a learning experience, a whirlwind of opportunity and something you love and are addicted to.

Cierra Bray, 22, is an entrepreneur and owner of a company called CGal Media. Bray provides social media marketing, event planning and media relations to organizations making a positive impact in the community. She recently made a trip to New York City to attend the Next Gen Summit.   READ MORE 

University of Windsor hosts Energy and Water Symposium

On June 22-23, the University of Windsor and the  Centre for Energy and Water Advancement hosted the 2016 Energy and Water Symposium (EAW2016) at the Centre for Engineering Innovation. EAW2016 brought together scientists, engineers, policy makers, captains of industry and entrepreneurs to quantify, question, and propose solutions for sustainable use of water and energy by humans.  READ MORE 

Odette School of Business offering Minor in Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Students

Non-Business majors will now have an amazing opportunity to obtain a minor in Entrepreneurship through the Odette School of Business with the new Minor in Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors.  READ MORE 

Meet EPICentre's Community and Business Mentors

EPICentre has collaborated with a variety of mentors within the Windsor-Essex community in order to provide EPICentre students and alumni with the best possible mentoring for their startups. Meet our Entrepreneur-In-Residence, our community and business mentors and our RBC EPIC Founders Program Mentors.  READ MORE 

Dr. Gerry Kerr joins EPICentre Team

EPICentre is proud to announce that Dr. Gerry Kerr will assume the role of EPICentre Research and Outreach Director for Small Business Scale-up Strategies beginning July 1, 2016.  This position fills a gap in in the Canadian entrepreneurial ecosystem, by identifying firms with potential growth and helping these 'gazelles' grow. 

Dr. Gerry Kerr received a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto, Canada. His specialties include Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, both of which Gerry has taught full-time since 2001, when he joined the Odette School of Business. Since then, Dr. Kerr has gratefully received multiple teaching awards from undergraduate, graduate, and executive students.

Dr. Kerr's research interests also cover both Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. The work in entrepreneurship includes examination of resource development and performance in small firms. As well, Gerry has undertaken projects focused on aspects of ethnic/immigrant and older entrepreneurs. Publications include articles in Business Horizons, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, Journal of Entrepreneurship, Journal of Management History, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Personnel Psychology.

RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition 2016

The RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition (BMCC) will be held at the University of Windsor from November 25th - 26th. For further information, keep checking the EPICentre website and social media feeds for updates. The official website will be launching soon. READ MORE

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. 

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.  READ MORE       

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is inviting underserved youth, aged 18-30, to apply for its Young Arts Entrepreneur business fund. The initiative provides successful applicants with $7,500 in start-up funds, over a two-year period, as well as seasoned mentors from the business sector.  Deadline for applications is August 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm E.T.

The program was designed with the assistance of youth business organization Futurpreneur Canada to fill a gap identified by community youth and arts organizations across the country. It is supported by BMO Financial Group and CIBC.  READ MORE      

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). READ MORE       

100&Change Competition

Solving society's biggest problems isn't easy, but it can be done. 100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that will make measurable progress toward solving a significant problem. 100&Change will select a bold proposal that promises real progress toward solving a critical problem of our time. It will award a $100 million grant to help make that solution a reality. Proposals focused on any critical issue are welcome. The competition opened on June 2, 2016, and registration closes on September 2, 2016.  READ MORE       

2016 Windsor-Essex Vital Signs Survey
For the past four years the WindsorEssex Community Foundation has produced and published a Vital Signs ®  survey to the Windsor-Essex region. Vital Signs ®  is a national program under the auspices of Community Foundations of Canada. It draws connections between national, provincial, and local data on a range of issue areas important to the local community.
A special element of this report, which makes it different from other reports published in our region, is that it includes data from the Vital Signs ® survey released in June. This local data provides a comparison between itself and published data in order to produce an all-encompassing report of how the data says we're doing versus how our community thinks we're doing.
The Vital Signs ® report is a great educational tool that provides Windsor-Essex residents with the opportunity to learn about their region, reflect on how we're doing, and inspire conversation and communication.


Webinar: How to Do Business with the Ontario Government
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Supply Chain Ontario, is hosting a webinar on Ontario government procurement. Participate online without having to leave your office. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, August 17 from 1:30pm - 2:45pm.

Learn about:
  • The Ontario Public Service procurement process
  • The Ontario Tenders Portal
  • The vendor of record program
  • How to respond to procurement opportunities
  • How to market to the Ontario government

CNE Innovation Garage

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) will launch its 138th season with a special three-day event introducing the latest in innovations to the public. The CNE Innovation Garage will take place August 19 to 21 in Hall F in the Enercare Centre at Toronto's Exhibition Place. The event is free with admission to the CNE. Complete details are available at TheEx.com or join the conversation at #cneinnovationgarage.  READ MORE     

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