Volume 42
September 2017

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everything that's going on this month at EPICentre
A Message from the Executive Director

Over the past month EPICentre and Odette kicked off the UWindsor Golden Jubilee Distinguished Reseach Speaker Series, with Dr. Olav Sorenson from Yale. He discussed his research on small business compensation patterns.
EPIC Odette Business consulting students also hosted a group of bio-science faculty and students from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K. This garnered great media coverage with our Daily News, CTV News ( at the 22:35 mark of the video)  and Windsor Star covering the unique commercialization collaboration.
This month EPICentre will also make an impact at crossover academic and practitioner conferences. Wen Teoh and Nicole Anderson will host a panel at the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres annual meeting in Halifax. I will present research at the G-Forum entrepreneurship conference in Germany that proposes the utilization of international student human capital to sustain regional small businesses.
I would also like to highlight the generosity of Libro Credit Union stakeholders, who, together, decided to award EPICentre with a significant Prosperity grant. Working with our partner WEtech Alliance, EPICentre will deliver a Prosperity program in 2018-2019 that supports social innovation in Windsor.

As we move into October, I'd also like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

EPICentre recipient of Libro Prosperity Grant to deliver new program in social innovation

We are excited to announce that EPICentre was recently a recipient of a Libro Prosperity Grant, which will allow us to deliver a new program related to social innovation. The Libro Social Innovators Program will provide education and programming to ventures pursuing social innovations and social enterprises. The total project will be divided into two phases: the Libro Social Innovation Workshop Series and the Libro Social Innovators Program.

University of Windsor business students collaborate with U.K. science students

EPICentre and the University of Windsor recently welcomed visiting students from overseas! A unique collaboration between the Odette School of Business and Oxford Brookes University of Oxford, U.K., combines bioscience and business skills to bring innovations to market.  A group of science students and faculty from Oxford Brookes University arrived in Windsor on September 18th and met their local counterparts. The Odette business consulting students will spend the semester working with the OBU scientists to develop plans to commercialize four scientific advances ranging from bio-fuel to vaccines.

The students also experienced the main economic and academic activities powering their respective economies. EPICentre arranged to showcase our region's economy with tours of FCA Assembly, Aphria greenhouses, Pelee Island Winery, Great Lakes Institute of Environmental Research and Dr. Zheng's biodiesel laboratory in the Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Meet the 2017 Fall Founders

We are excited to announce the start of our 2017 Fall Founders Program. We are working with very innovative businesses and entrepreneurs coming from various faculties on the University of Windsor and St. Clair College campuses, including engineering, computer science, FAHSS, and others. The program will host 8 startups comprised of 16 entrepreneurs, who will be working with our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Maureen Lucas and Dave Kirby over 12 weeks. A showcase of their prototypes will be featured during a Pitch Day on December 1st at EPICentre. 

EPICentre hosts Mentor Networking Night

EPICentre hosted its second Mentor Networking Night on September 25th. This event was very successful, attracting 20 mentors to join the EPICentre Mentorship Program, which consists of war-rooms, mentorship teams and ad-hoc mentorship. Mentors with expertise in manufacturing, sales, marketing, accounting, law, technology, global expansion, to name a few, had the ability to listen to pitches by our incubator members and founders, and select to whom they could provide mentorship. We at EPICentre would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all of our current and past mentors who have taken the time to help our ventures grow and succeed.

Take a tour of EPICentre on Google Maps

EPICentre has set up a virtual tour on Google Maps. Users can now see the space in its entirety using the virtual service! 


RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition 2017

The 2nd Annual RBC EPIC Business Model Canvas Competition is on its way! The competition is scheduled to take place on November 17-18, 2017 at the University of Windsor and is the official qualifier for the national Canada Business Model Competition at Dalhousie University. Teams will compete from across Ontario for the $10,000 grand prize, provided by RBC Foundation.

We are now accepting applications! Visit the official website for more information and APPLY TODAY:  https://www.epicbmc.ca/

Print For Healthcare Competition

EPICentre's inaugural PRINT FOR HEALTHCARE competition will see post-secondary students, and the community at large, develop innovative 3D-printed healthcare devices that meet the needs of local healthcare providers. We have officially partnered with Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare and have support from several local healthcare providers, educational institutions, and 3D printing businesses.
To participate in this competition as a team mentor or to register your team, please visit our website or contact Michelle Nevett at  nevettm@uwindsor.ca OR 519-253-3000 ext. 6615.

EPICentre hosting Finance/Accounting workshop for EPIC Launch Program

The second of four workshops of the EPIC Launch Program will cover all aspects of accounting and finance for small business. The session will also feature guest speakers Franca Poisson and David Bortolin from KPMG and will include general tips for startups from an Accounting and Tax perspective.

The workshop is open to the University of Windsor and St. Clair College students, as well as the general public. 

EPICentre and the Office of Research and Innovation Services hosting a "Build in Canada Innovation Program" lunch and learn info session

This info session will discuss the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP), which assists Canadian businesses in testing their innovative goods and services before they are commercialized and helps Canadian companies of all sizes move their state-of-the-art goods and services from the laboratory to the marketplace. 

October Startup Mashup

Startup Mashup introduces startups who need partners to students and alumni interested in joining new businesses. Join us for a drink and network with some amazing local talent at our October Mashup at Walkerville Brewery!

When:  Monday, October 16th, 5:00 pm
Venue: Walkerville Brewery
Where: 545 Argyle Road, Windsor, ON

Small Biz Expo:  Explore Windsor-Essex at a one-stop event to shop local

The Small Biz Expo is a showcase of diverse, independent small business products and services from Windsor and Essex County. The expo is hosted by the WindsorEssex Small Business Centre of the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Province of Ontario. 

The Small Biz Expo will be taking place on Wednesday, October 18th from 5:00pm-9:00pm at the Giovanni Caboto Club.

For more information about the Small Biz Expo, including a list of vendors who will be in attendance, go to the official website here:  http://windsoressexsmallbusiness.com/expo

The University of Windsor's Formula SAE is looking for a business student to join their team! 

Formula SAE is a student design project, where students design, construct, test, and compete a small formula style race car. The team attends different events to compete against other universities from around North America. The team competed in Barrie ON and Pittsburgh PA in 2017. These competitions include an autocross event (timed laps), a technical inspection to ensure the vehicle meets proper safety requirements, a design presentation, a business case (a presentation explaining the vehicle's budget, and what makes our vehicle competitive in terms of cost of construction), etc. 

Specific tasks this student would be in charge of include:
  • having purchase requisitions approved 
  • contacting potential sponsors for funding/in kind work
  • helping to organize fundraisers
  • keeping track of the teams finances/budget
  • aiding in presenting business cases at team competitions 
For more information, please contact Aleks Josevski:  josevska@uwindsor.ca

Meet University of Windsor Robotics Club: UWinFIRST  

Experience first. Robots first. UWinFIRST. Come join our club and help build a network of hard-working individuals who focus on business, planning, programming and engineering! 
Check out our website at https://uwinfirst.org/ or email uwinfirstclub@gmail.com to learn more about who we are, and to join our team.


Juliet Garcia's EPIC Journey to Canada

Our international intern, Juliet Garcia, has been blogging about her journey to Canada from Mexico! 

EPICentre would also like to thank Juliet for her contributions and wish her the best in her future endeavours back in Mexico. You can read her final two blog posts about her journey by clicking the links below.

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