OCE In The News

  • January 19, 2015 – Electronics Products and TechnologyTech start-ups partner with Ontario academics, financial institutions
    Canada’s financial services and technology sectors are heading into a new era of innovation and collaboration. Working in partnership, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA) will connect companies and institutions in the country’s largest financial services cluster with Ontario’s innovation ecosystem including its academic community and technology companies, to address individual businesses and industry challenges.
  • January 19, 2015 – Electronics Products and TechnologyAlberta-Ontario innovation program initiates grants
    West Tech Report has covered ACAMP and New Ventures BC in the past and we are pleased to spread the word on another excellent program, the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program. In partnership with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Provincial Governments of Alberta and Ontario, this program focuses on commercializing the innovative potential from our academic institutions. Valued at $12-Million, the Alberta-Ontario Innovation Program supports inter-provincial projects engaged in solving challenges facing key industries in both provinces.
  • January 19, 2015 – WATCH OnlineLittle Money Matters: Camelia Nunez, founder of Milao Language talks about the impact of small investments

    To Camelia Nunez, founder of OCE-supported Milao Language, a startup located at the Waterloo Accelerator Centre, a ‘small money’ funding approach just makes sense.
    “I’m not really interested at this point in the $2 million investment,” she admits. “As I see it, there are really two ways to go as a startup. You can go after that big round of investment right out of the gate, or you focus on customer acquisition, with the plan to build a business for the long term. In our case, I don’t feel comfortable looking for that big investment round without first achieving customer traction."

  • January 14, 2015 – CKAT North BayNew partnerships available in Aerospace

    Provincial Aerospace companies and academic researchers took part in an information session at Canadore’s Aviation Campus yesterday (Tuesday). The goal was to partner educational institutions with companies to expand on research or projects.

  • January 14, 2015 – North Bay NuggetFunds available for collaborative aerospace projects
    Local companies, academic researchers and other organizations heard Tuesday how they can tap into millions of dollars earmarked for projects that will aid the aerospace industry.
  • January 9, 2015 – OurWindsor.caUnconquered Sun and UWindsor partnership produces solar-powered vehicle

    A year-long collaboration between Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies Inc. and the University of Windsor with support form Ontario Centres of Excellence has culminated in the creation of a solar-powered vehicle.
    This solar-powered electric vehicle has an average range of 45% further than an identical vehicle without the technology, according to an Unconquered Sun Solar Technologies press release.

  • January 5, 2015 – Sudbury StarSudbury program to instill business spirit
    Laurentian University, Cambrian College, College Boreal and the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) Innovation Mill have teamed up with Ontario Centres of Excellence to open a new office that will support young entrepreneurs on local campuses.
  • December 29, 2014 – Windsor StarProvincial youth retention funding in Windsor
    With support form Ontario Centres of Excellence and the provincial government, eight young entrepreneur and youth employment programs in Windsor are getting a funding boost.
  • December 29, 2014 – Northern LifeLaurentian and colleges team up for entrepreneurship program
    Laurentian University has hired a full-time entrepreneurship co-ordinator who will build and implement a program to foster an entrepreneurial culture across Sudbury's three post-secondary institutions, in collaboration with NORCAT's Innovation Mill.
  • December 23, 2014 – The RecordWaterloo startup helps landlords, tenants link up — and gripe

    A new OCE-supported Waterloo startup company linking landlords and tenants plans to give both sides the chance to praise — or trash — each other. Apartmint, founded by three University of Waterloo graduates, lists rentals across Waterloo Region on its platform at apartmint.ca. Tenants can use a map-based search, connect with the landlord and pay their rent online.

  • December 22, 2014 – Owen Sound TimesContest for youth with business ideas
    High school students with an idea for a new business are being invited to pitch their concept in a two-minute video for a chance to win several prizes.
  • December 22, 2014 – Globe and MailThree things millennials need to launch their businesses
    Whether it’s the result of a persistently high youth unemployment rates, a zest for entrepreneurship or both, young people are increasingly looking to start their own businesses.
  • December 16, 2014 – ReutersIntronix Technologies to Collaborate with Western University to Develop New Rehabilitation Technologies for Musculoskeletal Disorders
    OCE-supported Intronix Technologies will be collaborating with Western University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to develop technology to be incorporated into rehabilitation devices. Canadian-based innovator Intronix Technologies will be working with Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Western University, and Associate Scientist at Canadian Surgical Technologies and Advanced Robotics, Lawson Health Research Institute.
  • December 11, 2014 – Erie MediaHUB AT COLLEGE WILL INCREASE ACCESS TO MENTORS
    Niagara College will launch a new hub that will expand and enhance the college’s entrepreneurship activities.
    The hub will embed a spirit of entrepreneurship across all college programs and activities, while enhancing the student experience by increasing access to experts, mentors, events and opportunities on campus and in the community, the college said in a release.
    The project will be supported by a $200,000 grant from Ontario’s On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence and matched by Niagara College, a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs.
  • December 11, 2014 – Peterborough ExaminerTrent, Fleming to boost entrepreneurship
    Fleming College and Trent University have signed on for a new partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College in Oshawa. FastStart is being funded through an $800,000 Government of Ontario grant being shared equally among all four post-secondary institutions under the province’s $5 million On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
  • December 11, 2014 – UOIT NewsUOIT, Durham and Fleming colleges and Trent University launch FastStart program

    The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), in conjunction with Durham College,Fleming College and Trent University shared today that the four organizations are working withSpark Centre and the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) to launch the FastStart program (FastStart), a powerful new resource designed to help university and college students acquire entrepreneurial skills and convert innovative business ideas into successful companies. FastStart is an entrepreneurial training partnership designed to increase the entrepreneurship skills and awareness of university and college students and help them develop solid business plans and take products to market. It is being funded through an $800,000 Government of Ontario grant being shared equally among all four post-secondary institutions under the province’s $5 million On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, managed byOntario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

  • December 11, 2014 – McMaster Daily NewsMath geek turned neuroscientist's new site is the Match.com of research equipment

    Brandon Aubie just wanted to connect more researchers with McMaster's Biointerfaces Institute. He ended up creating a whole new company. With support from Ontario Centres of Excellence, he self-described "math geek turned neuroscientist" has created what might just be the Match.com of research equipment and expertise, and the site is now taking off across the country.

  • December 9, 2014 – The Kitchener-Waterloo RecordWaterloo-based inventor hopes to mine riches with Gold Sniffer

    Inside a Conestoga College lab, Jim Kendall is building a device that could revolutionize mineral exploration — a camera that detects gold in rock samples.
    Kendall calls it the Gold Sniffer. He co-founded a company, OCE-supported Kendall Technology, to bring his remarkable idea it to market. If all goes well in the coming months, the first Gold Sniffers will be ready next May and a more sophisticated version will come out next fall.

  • December 8, 2014 – VenturelabForaHealthyMe.com
    OCE-supported ForaHealthyMe.com was founded in July of 2012. It was designed to engage and inform patients prior to admissions and after discharge from the hospital in order to prevent unnecessary re-admissions and to address psycho-social issues related to a diagnosis and care.
  • December 4, 2014 – PharmiwebSciencescape selected as one of The Scientist "Top 10 Innovations" in life science in 2014
    The Scientist has unveiled the "Top 10 Innovations" of 2014 and selected OCE-supported Sciencescape the most comprehensive platform for real-time streaming exploration and sharing of peer-reviewed biomedical scientific papers as one the winners of this award.