Volume 29
May 2016



Your complete digital resource for keeping up with
everything that's going on this month at EPICentre
EPICentre and the Office of Research and Innovation Services attend OCE Discovery 2016

EPICentre and the Office of Research & Innovation Services represented the University of Windsor at the annual Ontario Centre's of Excellence Discovery Conference in Toronto on May 9-10.  READ MORE 
University of Windsor hosts Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit 2016

On May 13-15, the University of Windsor hosted the second annual  Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit  at the Toldo Health Education Centre, an event that breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together IT and healthcare professionals across the US-Canada border to collaborate, dream up & design apps for patient-centric care.  READ MORE 
Meet the 2016 Founders
The RBC EPIC Founders Program started on May 9th with eleven new founders beginning work on their startups. Meet the newest members of the EPIC RBC Founders Program 2016.  READ MORE 
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. READ MORE
EPICentre and the Alumni Association host Toronto event

EPICentre and the University of Windsor Alumni Association held an alumni event at Arcadian Loft in Toronto on Thursday, June 2nd. The focus of the event was geared towards innovation and entrepreneurship. A panel of young entrepreneurs from the University of Windsor provided insights into the startup scene as well as their own businesses. The event was also an opportunity to build awareness about the EPICentre and provide opportunities for alumni to get involved.  READ MORE
Introducing EatDrinX

Meet one of our newest incubator members: EatDrinX. Co-founded by Matt Guignard and Pramod Mendonca, EatDrinX is a mobile application that provides specials, features, menus and events based on the users geolocation for local restaurants and bars. Restaurants can showcase their food and drink offerings to customers and consumers benefit because they can easily find the best deals for food and drink on any given day.   READ MORE 
Faculty Fellows Profile: Dr. Jill Urbanic

Dr. Jill Urbanic is a University of Windsor professor in the Faculty of Engineering where she teaches courses such as Manufacturing Process Design, Advanced Manufacturing and the Capstone Design course for Industrial and Mechanical Engineers. She became involved with EPICentre through the Faculty Fellows Program through collaboration efforts with Dr. Francine Schlosser from the Odette School of Business.  READ MORE
Student Inventions Break Down Barriers in Accessibility at COU's 2016 IDeA Competition     

Eight finalist teams from five Ontario universities showcased their inventions at the Ontario Centre of Excellence Discovery Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 9-10, including two teams from the University of Windsor.  READ MORE
UWIN_3D Print Club launches for students interested in 3D Printing

UWIN_3D Print is a University of Windsor based 3D Printing Club. Their goal is to promote the concepts and practices of 3D Printing, as well as to facilitate an educational hands-on experience via workshops and events to those with an interest in 3D printing. Students will have an opportunity to explore this awesome new process to turn concepts from digital to reality.  READ MORE

Get Involved with EPICentre and help local startups 

EPICentre provides support for University of Windsor and St. Clair College students and alumni in their efforts to start and grow new ventures. We connect students and faculty with businesses and other partners to encourage development of new technologies, products and services. If you or your organization would like to get involved with local startups, EPICentre is the place to be!  READ MORE 
Canada's Music Incubator's Artist Manager Bootcamp to visit Windsor-Essex

Canada's Music Incubator is partnering with the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corp and Small Business Centre to host the Artist Manager Bootcamp. The boot camp will be FREE and run Saturday, June 25 (9am-6pm) and Sunday, June 26 (9am-3pm) with the objective of providing customized, hands-on and high-level mentorship to a maximum of 15 pre-selected music artist managers, self-managed artists or transitioning industry professionals.  READ MORE 
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 21in 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       
World Vision and MaRS launch Social Innovation Challenge
Young minds are brilliant minds. That's why MaRS Centre for Impact Investing has teamed up with World Vision and Grand Challenges Canada to launch an entrepreneurship competition for students and recent graduates. The World Vision Social Innovation Challenge aims to find young people with a business idea that could tackle some of the world's most difficult development challenges and help them make it a reality.

The competition will award up to $35,000 in seed funding for the winning team, together with a year of support and advisory services to market test their concept.  READ MORE       
Patterns for Success Challenge: Help Small Businesses Succeed
HeroX is reaching out to innovators around the world to help small businesses succeed by developing a unique set of tools that will provide guidance and development assistance to the entrepreneurial community. This initiative is called the  Patterns for Success Challenge! Each tool is a simple module grouped into three categories: Strategy, Leadership and Culture.

Prize:  The total prize purse for this competition is USD $25,000. In addition to monetary prizes, winners shall receive tremendous exposure for their submissions.

Application Instructions:  Last date for submission is July 13, 2016. No entry fee is required.
Challenge Guidelines: You may check out the  Patterns for Success Challenge page for more information on each of the three categories and for complete challenge guidelines. You can also register as an innovator for the challenge by following the above link.  READ MORE       
James Dyson Award 2016
The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The Award is open to current and recent design engineering students. It's run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson's charitable trust, as part of its mission to get young people excited about design engineering.  READ MORE       
Debate: 'How will combining entrepreneurial thinking and professional sales training benefit millennials?'
The panel discussion: 'How will combining entrepreneurial thinking and professional sales training benefit millennials?', will be held June 23 at 1 pm EDT. Join the Social Entrepreneurship and Education Consortium (SEEC) as four professionals in the fields of entrepreneurship, professional sales and education discuss this question as they provide compelling and persuasive positions on this significant topic.  READ MORE       
Produced by the Entrepreneurship, Practice & Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor