OCE In The News

  • 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. 
  • December 4, 2014 – CommunitechDRAFTINGSPACE: PUTTING THE TECH IN ARCHITECTURE

    If you’ve ever completed a home renovation, or even thought about it, dreaming about your new space is the easy part. Unfortunately, when it comes to actually renovating, most of us have no idea where to start. OCE-supported DraftingSPACE is an online tool that can automatically design your home renovation. Users visit the site, upload room dimensions, select furniture, and the tool automatically generates optimal designs that can be viewed as blueprints and 3D renderings.

  • December 4, 2014 – TechVibesBlueDot Raises Series A Round to Track Global Spread of Infectious Diseases

    BlueDot, an OCE-supported, Toronto-based social benefit corporation founded by Dr. Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician and scientist, tracks and predicts the global spread of infectious diseases. BlueDot has secured a Series A venture capital funding from Horizons Ventures. Horizons invested in Facebook, Skype, Waze, Siri, and Spotify at early stages.

  • December 2, 2014 – York UniversityYORK UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES LAUNCHYU: A CAMPUS-WIDE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM
    York University today announced the creation of LaunchYU, a campus-wide initiative that supports early-stage entrepreneurship and helps to accelerate start-up companies within York University and the surrounding community.
  • December 2, 2014 – The Globe and MailClearpath wants to do for robotics what BlackBerry did for smartphones
    With a vision to automate the world’s dullest, dirtiest and deadliest jobs through their unmanned robots, OCE-supported Clearpath Robotics Inc. is making an international name for itself.
  • December 1, 2014 – Toronto StarVirtual reality enters the here and now

    Co-founded and sponsored by Ontario Centres of Excellence, Toronto’s Immersed conference showed that the virtual and augmented reality industry is evolving at warp speed.

  • November 26, 2014 – St. Catharines StandardWelland bottle manufacturer means business

    There's something corny about a new manufacturing business that has set up shop in Welland. With the environment and serving small businesses in mind, OCE-supported Trivium Industries is determined to lead the way in the innovative bioplastics market.

  • November 25, 2014 – Innovation Initiatives Ontario NorthYoung Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch

    Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch is a high school entrepreneurship competition presented by the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and Ontario Centres of Excellence as part of the Youth Jobs Strategy.
    The contest challenges students in Grades 9-12 to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video that will be voted on by the public and expert judges. Finalists will present their ideas in front of a judging panel in Toronto at Discovery for a chance to receive reserved entry into the Summer Company program.