Volume 36
March 2017

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

As we come to the end of the Winter term, we are excited to share news of University of Windsor's partnership with St. Clair College in the area of entrepreneurial outreach. EPICentre will extend its support to entrepreneurial youth to St. Clair College, working to support the outreach initiated by the College's Genesis Centre. We are pleased to welcome Lauren Nantau and Mike Spadotto from the Genesis staff to our team. This collaboration will foster innovative venture teams of university and college students. The full press release is included below.
The EPICentre team is also partnering with Pillar Nonprofit in London to expand mentoring support for social enterprises (ventures with a social mission). We will cover more about this in next month's newletter.
Finally, I am looking forward to two alumni reunions next month in Toronto. The first will take place on April 27 and will host University of Windsor MBA/JD alumni. The second takes place on April 28 and will host all business and legal consulting alumni of CBAR/CEL/IPLIN/EPIC Odette consulting/Odette Enterprise Development Consulting and LTEC.  If you have not already registered, we encourage you to do so by clicking the above links.  Hope to see you there!

University of Windsor and St. Clair College formalize entrepreneurial agreement

Beginning April 1, 2017, the University of Windsor's Entrepreneurship, Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre) will extend its entrepreneurial outreach to St. Clair College. 

The St. Clair Genesis Centre's team will merge with EPICentre, creating a new location called EPIC Genesis. This collaboration will build on synergies and expand the services available to college and university students in Windsor-Essex. It will create opportunities to mix and connect the varying skill sets of these post-secondary students and graduates, and potentially enable highly innovative venture teams.

EPIC Blue Sky Competition 2017 Results

On March 23rd, EPICentre hosted its 3rd annual EPIC Blue Sky Competition, a student competition aimed at fostering entrepreneurial thinking in academics. This year's competition featured students from 18 different academic programs from the University of Windsor and St. Clair College.

Unique collaboration comes together to promote UWill Discover Conference

On March 20, organizers of the University of Windsor's undergraduate research conference kicked off a promotional campaign with help from one of EPICentre's startups, Eigen Advertisements, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA Canada).

FCA Canada loaned three vehicles which were then outfitted with car-based advertisements designed by EPICentre startup company Eigen Advertisements, a company co-founded by 3rd-year student Connor Holowachuk.

The UWill Discover Conference will take place on Friday, March 31st  in the Ambassador Auditorium at the CAW Student Centre.

EPICentre startups compete at Canada's Business Model Competition

Earlier this month, EPICentre's student startups, H&F Foods and Amis Touring, competed in Canada's Business Model Competition in Halifax, Nova Scotia from March 10th to 11th. The competition provided invaluable experience to the student entrepreneurs. 

EPICentre hosts IBM Design Director Karel Vredenburg 

EPICentre was pleased to welcome Karel Vredenburg, Director of IBM Design, who spent time with students and startups at the EPICentre on March 23rd and 24th.  Karel served as a judge on the panel, as well as keynote speaker for the  EPIC Blue Sky Competition  that took place on Thursday afternoon. Participants in the competition were very thrilled and excited to have their business ideas judged by Karel whom they described as a very renowned and prominent figure.

On Friday morning, Karel delivered his Design Thinking presentation to the 4th year Electrical and Computer Engineering students. Karel strongly believes that design thinking should be practiced by all disciplines, and that everyone can benefit from it. 

Founders Update: Aphasia Friendly Business Campaign

Laura Pineault, a former RBC EPIC Founder from 2016, is proud to  announ ce an exciting milestone for her startup Aphasia Friendly Canada. They have completed their first two training sessions for Tim Hortons employees (30 managers from 14 stores and 45 supervisors).

The next step will be to train all 500 employees. Laura thanked EPICentre for making this all possible. "Thank you for your role in making this possible--the employees' receptivity to the training made me think of the valuable time I spent at EPICentre last summer, creating and developing this project." 

Laura focuses on offering services and workshops for people living with aphasia and other communication disabilities. Leading meaningful organizational change initiatives is an area of interest and passion for Laura, and her current projects enable her to do so in the setting of vulnerable and at risk populations. EPICentre would like to wish Laura the best in her future endeavours.


RBC EPIC Founders Submission Deadline Approaching


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

EPICentre is still 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!

Next Founders Accepting Applications

Are you the founder of a startup looking to rapidly scale both your business and your mindset? Tech innovators can now apply to the challenge by submitting an application form and one-page document explaining their solutions.

Next Founders is a program that accelerates the growth of Canada's most promising entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to capital, and unparalleled founder development. We want to help scale both the founder and their business.

Deadline for applications is April 10th, 2017.


Intellitix Chief Revenue Officer Eric Janssen to speak at EPICentre
Join us on April 18th as Eric Janssen, Chief Revenue Officer with Intellitix, will be speaking at EPICentre about his experiences growing sales for the company.

Eric is an executive-level sales and marketing leader with a proven track record of building high-growth, predictable sales teams and driving exponential growth for technology companies.  He joined Intellitix with the vision of building a world-class sales organization to sell the next generation of technology solutions to live events.

When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, 2nd Floor
Where: 2455 Wyandotte St. W., 2nd floor, Windsor Ontario

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

Hacking Health 2017

Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit  breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together IT and healthcare professionals across the US-Canada border to collaborate, dream up & design apps and innovative solutions for patient-centric care. 
The first Windsor-Detroit Hacking Health was held at TechTown Detroit in 2015 and crossed the border last year for a memorable weekend at the University of Windsor.  Together - over 500 professionals & students have joined in the creativity, collaboration and fun that is Hacking Health.

Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit III returns to TechTown Detroit May 5-7, 2017.  
Med Tech+ Innovation Workshop Weekend

Learn how to evaluate the viability of new innovations, develop a b usiness model for them and communicate effectively with investors, advisors, prospective customers, team recruits and others! This workshop is ideal preparation for developing highly competitive teams in pitch competitions and for early investor discussions.
Produced by the Entrepreneurship, Practice & Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor
Learn More about EPICentre: https://youtu.be/_0oUPfJh8CM