Volume 55
Nov/Dec 2018

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A Message from the Executive Director

As we wrap up 2018, I'm proud to say that our EPIC team's impact in the University of Windsor community continues to increase! Our events this quarter engaged more participants than ever: The RBC Business Model Canvas Competition attracted 15 teams from  across Ontario, and for the first time, a University of Windsor alumnus swept the awards, winning $12,500. The New Kids on the Blockchain Symposium attracted 130 registrants.  The 3D Print4Healthcare competition doubled the teams engaged this year, and showcased 6 finalists from UW, St Clair, L'Essor High School, and the broader Windsor community.  The winner of the competition drove down from Niagara to participate.  Our Libro Social Innovators are graduating, with 2 of the 3 social enterprises earning revenues, and the third planning to pilot their technology in 2019.  Finally, 23 Odette business consulting students working with EPICentre have developed capacity building strategies with 5 local charities and the O'Neil Foundation, as well as researched commercialization strategies with 5 UWindsor and 5 Oxford, U.K. based faculty inventors.  

Looking forward to 2019 EPICentre will again host a legal consulting student group led by Prof Myra Tawfik from the Faculty of Law. Professor Tawfik is widely recognized as a prominent thought leader on innovation strategies for Canada.  The law group's goals will include strengthening Intellectual Property (IP) literacy and commercialization strategy in our community.  They will also coordinate some projects with Odette business consulting students.
Finally, we will be hosting our 5th EPICentre Anniversary party at WIllistead Manor on February 1.  We hope that everyone who has shaped entrepreneurship on campus over the past 15 years will attend!
We'd like to wish you all peace and joy during this holiday season!


EPIC RBC Business Model Canvas Competition
On November 9th and November 10th, the EPICentre hosted its annual EPIC RBC Business Model Canvas Competition (BMCC). The BMCC invited student entrepreneurs to learn about business models, business model validation, and the business model canvas. Read More

3D Print for Healthcare Competition
The 3D Print for Healthcare Competition invited students, alumni and community members to develop an innovative healthcare device. On October 31, 2018, EPICentre hosted the Kick-off event for the competition, as a part of Tech Week YQG. Read More

EPIC Business
Congratulations to UWindsor's own AidaNote for not only winning the grand prize at our RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition, but for also taking home the Postmedia People's Choice award and the KPMG Financial Competence award. Click here to learn about their journey.

RollUP Solutions Inc.
RollUp Solutions Inc. took home the second place prize in our RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition this year. Founder and President, Megan MacKay gave us a little insight into her experience. Click Here for more!

US Consul General Touring EPICentre
EPICentre would like to thank Mr. Greg Stanford, the US Consul General, and his team for visiting EPICentre and EPIC Makers' Base on Monday, December 3rd. Read more

EPIC Makers' Base Holiday Hours
EPIC Makers' Base will be closed for holiday from December 20th 2018 to January 1st 2019. We hope you enjoyed the activities and workshops held at the makerspace during our 1st year of operation. We had a blast! Visit our website for new hours of operation in the new year. Hope to see you in 2019.

Outstanding Scholars Video Series Explores Local Entrepreneurship 
Over the fall semester, Dr. Schlosser's outstanding scholars Josh Galasso and Rija Gillian had the opportunity to interview local entrepreneurs to find out what it really takes to be a business owner. Read More


EPICentre 5 Year Anniversary 

The University of Windsor EPICentre is celebrating 5 years of entrepreneurship on campus. Join us on February 1st for an evening celebrating EPICentre's past, present and future click here to register



Toronto Digifest Call for Submissions 

One of Toronto's leading pitch competitions is back! The Digital Media and Gaming Incubator at George Brown College is proud to present the  2019 IT'S A START Pitch Competition. Learn More


Stu Clark Investment Competition 

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

2019 Rice Business Plan Competition

Compete to join the world's biggest student venture competition, where university entrepreneurs get real-world experience in how to pitch their startups to investors, enhance their startup strategy, connect with mentors, and learn what it takes to launch a successful business. 

Produced by the Entrepreneurship, Practice & Innovation Centre (EPICentre) at the University of Windsor
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