Volume 24
Nov 2015



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Ontario Invests $27.8 Million in Youth Entrepreneurs
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Research and Innovation, Daiene Vernile visited EPICentre on November 13th, to echo the announced $27.8 million investment by Ontario into the Youth Job Strategy, supporting our entrepreneurs. Following the announcement, entrepreneurs from the Windsor-Essex entrepreneurial ecosystem spoke about their businesses, including EPICentre tenants RMRD's Kyle Bassett, and MLVC's Matt Lapain. READ MORE      
You Are Invited!  
You are invited to an EPIC Holiday Party on December 9th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at EPIC Innovation. Please join us in celebrating the holiday season: READ MORE 
Tanya Brogan Joins the EPIC Team   

The EPIC team has grown a little bigger with Tanya Brogan filling the administrative assistant position. Tanya brings a fresh perspective and the skills to propel EPICentre moving forward. READ MORE 
Employment Opportunity   

EPICentre is hiring a part-time Marketing Coordinator.
Introducing: EnviroDrone
ENVIRODRONEĀ® is a commercial drone that performs a variety of professional services from surveying and mapping to surveillance based activities. The drone can be utilized by multiple industries including mining, forestry, agriculture, construction, city-planning, scientific research, wildlife protection and much more. READ MORE 
EPIC Blue Sky Competition: Win up to $1500!
This idea competition allows students to develop 2-minute video pitches in multi-disciplinary teams. The event is hosted in March, but applications are accepted at any time. Eligible applications must come from students from the University of Windsor or St. Clair College and teams of 2-4 students made up of 2 different disciplines.
Entrepreneurship Week Recap    
WEtech Alliance, along with 16 regional partners from across Windsor & Essex County, kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week by launching the Windsor-Essex Entrepreneur Support Network (ESN) - a road map for entrepreneurial support in our region.   READ MORE 
EPICentre Success Story: The Collectors, Inc.  
James Taylor began his journey with entrepreneurship through the Centre for Enterprise and Law in 2012. Through a mentorship program, he was granted $5000 to work on his startup - a platform to showcase specific collections worldwide. The Centre for Enterprise and Law's Mentorship Program, now three years later, has evolved to the EPICentre's EPIC Founders Program. READ MORE  
Faculty Fellows Tanzania Project    

The long-term aim of this effort is to collaborate with Teachers for Tanzania project, run by Faculty of Education, and develop complementary program that encourages and trains people to develop technologies that improve health and safety, save labor and time, and eventually generate income. The concept intertwines the ideas of frugal innovation, essentials of design process and combines them with principles of participatory co-creation and [...] READ MORE 
Are you a current University of Windsor student, or recent graduate (up to 5 years)?
Do you currently run a start-up business in the Windsor-Essex community? Are you looking to expand into the United States? Do you want $5000 to help you get there? If you answered yes, the EPICentre Cross Border Entrepreneur Grants are for you!.
Kiyanoosh Shapoori Recipient of $50,000 OBI Entrepreneurs Program    

Congratulations to Kiyanoosh Shapoori, one of the seven recipients of the Ontario Brain Institute's Entrepreneurs Program in September 2015 for his project titled "Development of a novel portable ultrasonic transcranial imaging system for immediate and on-site diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in civilian emergency settings". READ MORE 
EPIC Discovery Membership    

The EPIC Discovery Program is well underway for the Fall 2015 semester! Students have been working with our Entrepreneurs-In-Residence to validate their ideas to prepare them to build their minimum viable products.   READ MORE
eMerge America's Startup Showcase    

eMerge America is taking place April 18th and 19th, including a startup showcase of university, early and later stage ventures. For more information please visit emergeamericas.org/startups: READ MORE  
Fall 2015 Consulting Class    

Two entrepreneurial consulting classes were offered during the Fall 2015 semester. A total of nineteen consulting students and three student project manager employees were responsible for a wide variety of client projects.   READ MORE
Alumni Dinners with Aaron Simms and Scott Jenkins    

During the month of November students of the EPIC Odette Business Development Consulting class had the opportunity to attend dinners with successful University of Windsor alumni. Scott Jenkins, Director of Advertising for Caesars Windsor, and Aaron Simms, President and CEO of Pharma Security Group Inc. based in Toronto, were spectacular guests. READ MORE 
Local Hack Day    

Soham Patel, a second year engineering student and aspiring entrepreneur organized a Local Hack Day in collaboration with Major League Hacking (MLH) on October 10th. The event encompassed a mini hack-a-thon that was held at the Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI) and open to high school, university and college students. Hack-a-thons involve competing in teams to build a product or business idea, usually with a technological focus. A typical hack-a-thon runs for 36 hours, whereas the mini hack-a-thon ran for 12 hours from 9am to 9pm. READ MORE 
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