Volume 58
March 2019

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A Message from the Executive Director

The month of March was a busy month fulfilling many grant and donor commitments. In particular, our Campus Linked Accelerator grant, funded by the Ministry of Economic Development and growth, and administered through Ontario Centres of Excellence, has come to an end. Over the past 4 years, this $1.8 million grant has funded EPICentre programs at 3 locations (EPICentre, Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, and EPIC Industrial Hub, Centre for Engineering Innovation at UWIndsor as well as EPIC Genesis, our partner at St. Clair College).  We began managing the EPIC Genesis space two years ago, and it's been a partnership that both UW and SCC can be proud of!  We wish our SCC colleagues, Jim Marsh, Cathy Mombourquette, Roger Bryan, and Janis Windsor all the best, as they move forward with plans to build a larger Genesis Entrepreneurship Centre in the new SCC business building over the next few years. Please note we will continue to offer all EPIC programs and resources to both UW and SCC students and recent alumni.  Our formal Southwest Social Enterprise Partnership lead by Pillar Nonprofit in London, Ontario will also come to an end, but we will continue to support social enterprises in Windsor Essex.

EPIC Makers' Base Receives Funding from Windsor Mold Group
EPICentre is excited to be one of the recipients of a generous gift from the Windsor Mold Group to the University of Windsor. This funding will be used to support our current makerspace. To show our appreciation, the EPIC Makers' Base will now be named the Windsor Mold Group EPIC Makers' Base. Read more

International Women's Day Panel Discussion

On Thursday, March 8th, the University of Windsor EPICentre kicked off the Windsor-Essex International Women's Day events with a panel discussion featuring three powerful, female leaders in the community. Read More

Mini Maker Faire Recap
On Sunday, March 24th, the second annual Windsor-Essex Mini Maker Faire brought together over 400 attendees. A 'Maker Faire' is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing  what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments and projects. Read more

2019 Blue Sky Competition
Our 5th annual Blue Sky Competition went off without a hitch!
Current students from the University of Windsor and St. Clair College were encouraged to submit a 2-minute video showcasing how they can solve any problem. The goal of the Blue Sky Competition is to encourage students from different disciplines to work together to create solutions for real-world problems. It allows students to be creative while also developing their critical thinking skills. The main focus of the competition is for students to think about: improvement, innovation or inventing. Read More

Fuelling Social Enterprise Recap
Have you ever wondered who the social enterprise leaders are in South Western Ontario? What about the types of businesses they run, the teams and partners involved, and how they battled against rules, regulations, and against all odds to turn their idea into reality? Well, if you attended EPICentre's Second Annual Fuelling Social Enterprise Summit, you would have seen five amazing social leaders showcase their businesses, stories, and experiences answering all the questions above and much more. 

EPIC Founders Program

RBC EPIC Founders Program is an intensive 12-week summer accelerator program for students and recent graduates aspiring to launch a business. Participants will receive a stipend of up to $6,000 per venture team to test out their entrepreneurial dreams. Read More

Dr. Francine Schlosser presents to UNIFESP in Brazil

Dr. Francine Schlosser, Executive Director of the University of Windsor Center for Practice and Innovation in Entrepreneurship - EPICentre, presented on the EPICentre experience in offering multidisciplinary business training, mentoring and networking that supports the transformation of people into entrepreneurial thinkers and the transformation of innovative ideas into successful economic and social ventures. Please click here to see the full presentation.

Doing Immigration Differently at the 21st National Metropolis

Duncan Lam, EPICentre UWindsor Research Assistant, will have the opportunity to present his research "It Takes a Village: Building Resilience by Connecting International Students to the Broader Community" at the 21st National Metropolis Conference in Halifax, NS on March 22, 2019. Read More

Dr. Francine Schlosser  & Dr.Marcia Carvalho de Azevedo

Last year, Dr. Marcia Carvalho de Azevedo spent some time in the University of Windsor EPICentre as our visiting scholar. While in Brazil, Dr. Francine Schlosser was able to pay her a visit. 

Juliet Garcia Stops by For a Visit!

Former  Mitacs Globalink Research Intern Juliet Garcia stopped by the EPICentre this month to say hello. We were thrilled to catch up with her!


Book Launch Dinner 

The University of Windsor English Department's Publishing Practicum would like to invite you to a pasta dinner with their class before the launch of "In the Face of It" on Thursday, April 4th. The dinner will take place at the Fogolar Furlan in the Friuli Hall at 5:00 pm. To buy a ticket, please contact Sarah Foster at  foste11b@uwindsor.ca  .

ONtrepreneurs Program
The ONtrepreneurs (Ontario Neurotech Entrepreneurs) Program is Canada's single largest award that catalyzes early stage entrepreneurs to commercialize brain-related technologies by accessing funding and support to launch or grow their neurotechnology ventures.


Canadian Export Challenge

Join Startup Canada, in collaboration with  UPS Export Development Canada , and the  Trade Commissioner Servic e  to become export-ready, connect with Canada's trade and global growth partners, graduate from 1-day global accelerators, and pitch to win $25,000and $100,000 of in-kind support to go global. 

National IDeA Competition

The National IDeA Competition is now open for submissions!  The IDeA competition challenges university students across Canada to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility barriers for people with disabilities.
Students of the University of Windsor must be nominated to enter this competition.
If interested in being nominated, please contact idea@uwindsor.ca
Your team (or yourself) could win up to $5,000 for your design.
Contest deadline is April 30, 2019.
For more information visit univcan.com/accessibility


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