Volume 44
December 2017

EPIC LAW Series: E-Payments - Jan 15 (Registration page coming soon)

EPIC LAW Series: Filing a Patent - Jan 24  (Registration page coming soon)

EPIC Startup Mashup - Feb 12  (Registration page coming soon)

Check our EVENTS page for updates
Follow us on Twitter    Like us on Facebook

View our profile on LinkedIn    View on Instagram

Your complete digital resource for keeping up with
everything that's going on this month at EPICentre

Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our profile on LinkedIn  View on Instagram
A Message from the Executive Director

The campus is vibrant with activity this month. At EPICentre we are preparing for the new year's activities, including the inaugural Windsor-Essex Social Enterprise Strategy Summit, final 3D Print4Healthcare showcase, EPIC Winter Founders program, EPIC Blue Sky Competition, and the first Windsor Mini-Makerfaire at St Clair College. 

We're also seeing some staffing changes. Tanya Brogan has taken a promotion in the Office of Research and Innovation, and we welcome Lynda Sollazzo as our EPIC Administrative Coordinator in January. We wish Mike Polychuk all the best, as he assumes a full-time marketing position in Chatham-Kent. The part-time EPIC Marketing Coordinator role will be posted this month. January will also see an expansion of our social enterprise capabilities, with Haleigh King joining our team as a social innovation researcher, and Ian Stecher (BComm Candidate '19) as Social Enterprise event co-ordinator. Duncan Lam (MBA candidate, '19) has joined our team to better develop the EPIC Industrial Hub and makerspace in the Centre for Engineering Innovation. Finally, Sydney Thompson (BComm '18) will join Cathy Mombourquette at EPIC Genesis to expand our St Clair College presence at EPIC Genesis.   
In terms of research, last month we hosted Dr. Nicole Coviello, the Research Director of the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her talk, titled, "No Business Experience Required? The Overlooked Role of Pre-Founding R&D Collaboration in Early Internationalization" was well-attended.
Dr. Wren Montgomery (Odette) and Dr. Brian Brown (Communications) have joined the EPIC Faculty Fellows and are working with students on projects that link entrepreneurship and innovation.
I'd also like to highlight the accomplishment of Odette graduate Sydney Mitton (BComm ' 17), who researched and wrote a business teaching case on Small Business Succession Management. We will present this case at the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship Annual Meeting, held in Los Angeles in January '18.

The EPIC team wishes you a wonderful and relaxing holiday season, and happiness and health in 2018!

Eighteen student startups from across Ontario compete for $23,000 in prizes

On November 17-18, 2017, eighteen student startups from across Ontario competed in the second annual  RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition (BMCC) , a pitch competition hosted by the University of Windsor and the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre).

Eighteen teams of students and recent graduates from across Ontario, including five teams from the University of Windsor, participated in this year's high-stakes competition. There were also teams representing Ryerson University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Ottawa and Fanshawe College.

EPIC Fall Founders program concludes with Pitch Day competition

The results are in! The 2017 EPIC Fall Founders Program came to a close on December 1st, 2017 with a Final Pitch Day. In the afternoon, each founder had the opportunity to showcase their Minimum Viable Products in a tradeshow-style setup at EPICentre. Guests were able to demo each innovation before the official pitch presentation session. Here, founders had 6 minutes to present their progress through the term and their learning outcomes to a panel of judges.

We'd also like to congratulate all of our Fall Founders on their success throughout the program and wish them the best as they continue working on their new ventures!

Business is budding at St. Clair College

It takes a lot of time and energy to start your own business.  And starting it while you're in school can be especially challenging. Yet, some of the most famous CEOs got their big ideas while in college - take Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, or Michael Dell of Dell Computers. Today, young entrepreneurs, like Leo Cardelli, are eager to emulate these successes.
"Leo has been working like crazy to get his business off the ground" says Cathy Mombourquette, Program Manager for the EPIC Genesis Centre.  "He stops in frequently, asks questions and follows all the advice we give him.  He's a joy to mentor".
Leo says his company 'Cardelli Media' has flourished with the help of the EPIC Genesis Centre.  "The direction, expert advice and connections they gave me made a huge difference. I now have a solid business plan, my number of clients have increased dramatically, and I know I need to keep my receipts for tax write-offs. All these things would never have happened without their help. And my business mentor Maureen Lucas is awesome."
In Spring 2017, the St. Clair College Genesis Centre teamed up with the University of Windsor's EPICentre to form what is now known as the EPIC Genesis Centre.  This unique partnership expands the service offerings, making programs available to students and alumni of both the University of Windsor and St. Clair College, including a variety of hands on workshops, events, competitions, and in-class education. 

Meet new incubator member Printable Canada

Printable Canada is a 3D printing and engineering firm that provides a 3D Printing Service, CAD design and post processing services. They cater to those looking to reduce time and cost from the traditional methods of manufacturing for small to medium production runs. They are looking to gear their services to focus more on medical and humanitarian applications.

Meet new incubator member JIAYIFTZ

JIAYIFTZ is located on the Detroit River, the southernmost tip of Canada. JIAYIFTZ is committed to promoting high-quality Canadian food and beverages in China. As an agent of Pelee Island Winery, JIAYIFTZ also provides wine distribution opportunities to partners in China. In addition to its food and beverage operations, JIAYIFTZ operates an international logistics and courier service and cross-border electronic trade venture. JIAYIFTZ prides itself in providing a platform that provides practical work experience for international students that helps international students acclimate to the Canadian culture, adapt to the Canadian business environment, and also expand their social circle.  

Ron Joyce visits EPICentre

Businessman and philanthropist Ron Joyce (right), whose name adorns the Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, met some of the students with startup ventures operating out of EPICentre. Joyce was on campus November 1 to tour the centre with UWindsor chancellor Ed Lumley and president Alan Wildeman.

An Epic Journey to Canada: The End of an Adventure

The EPIC adventure is over!  Our international intern, Juliet Garcia, has been blogging about her journey to Canada from Mexico! She's now officially back home in Mexico and y ou can read her final blog entry about her journey by clicking the link below.


Computer Science students launch custom 3D Printing company

3D printing is seeing massive growth in North America and, for EPICentre member PepCo, it's the perfect time to start a company in this growing industry! 

Parker Drouillard, a 2nd year Honours Computer Science student specializing in artificial intelligence, and his friend and business partner Zach Goyeau, a 1st year Honours Computer Science student, have decided to turn their knowledge of 3D Printing into a full-fledged company.

Mobile Application Development students creating platform to provide healthier food options for hospital patients

Hospital food is famously awful and there is a certain negative stigma attached to food being served to patients. In fact, 29% of patients leave the hospital malnourished-a staggering number!

Simon Lizotte, Liam Goodwin and Carmen Kerim, current students from the Mobile Application Development Program at St. Clair College, are currently in the process of developing a solution to this 'hospital food' problem with the hopes of not only changing people's perceptions about hospital food, but more importantly, to give patient's access to healthier options.


Print For Healthcare Competition: Final Showcase Event

Please join us at EPICentre to view the 3D printed devices designed and created by our participants. Local healthcare executives, industry partners, funding sources, and community leaders will be present to interact with teams and present awards.

When: Monday, January 8th, 4:00PM - 7:30PM
Venue: EPICentre,  Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, 2nd Floor
Where: 2455 Wyandotte St. W., 2nd floor, Windsor, Ontario
Cost: Free

Canada Makes 3D Challenge

Canada Makes is launching its first Pan-Canadian 3D Printing Challenge for  postsecondary students enrolled in a college or university  in Canada. Students in Canada can change the world with a new idea that is 3D Printed and win cash prizes and a chance at one of two one-year paid internships!


Stu Clark Investment Competition

Applications for the 2018 Stu Clark Investment Competition are now available. The competition will be taking place Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Winnipeg!

Sixteen grad student teams will compete for over  $50,000 in  total prizes (CAD $20,000 for first place) in Winnipeg. Additionally, the University of Manitoba guarantees a minimum of CAD $1,000 to each participating team.

Online applications and a two-page executive summary must be submitted by January 26, 2018. 


Ontario Launches New Export Business Portal to help Businesses Maximize International Market Potential

Ontario is boosting access to resources for exporters with the new Magnet Export Business Portal, the first of its kind in Canada.  

The Magnet Export Business Portal helps businesses quickly find programs and services for which they are eligible. Magnet pro-actively curates and filters current content from the Ontario Ministry of International Trade, Global Affairs Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, and Export Development Canada.

Produced by the Entrepreneurship, Practice & Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor
Learn More about EPICentre: https://youtu.be/_0oUPfJh8CM