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  • Crowdfunding coming to Ontario?

    Dec 03, 2012Crowdfunding coming to Ontario?
    Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased about the Ontario government’s decision to look into ways to relax the rules that restrict crowdfunding, the use of technology and social media to raise funding for early-stage companies.
  • Daniel and the Dragons’ Den

    Nov 29, 2012Daniel and the Dragons’ Den
    He entered the den and faced some of Canada’s fiercest venture capitalists head on. And, much like his biblical counterpart, this Daniel — Danny Crossman, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Impakt Protective — showed no fear, stood his ground and emerged triumphant (and with $350,000).
  • New U of T PhD sets his sights high

    Nov 23, 2012New U of T PhD sets his sights high
    Michael Montgomery’s PhD studies in Structural Engineering at the University of Toronto taught him that the sky’s the limit – literally. But even he didn’t think he’d be a CEO at the age of 31.
  • Three young OCE entrepreneurs among Top 20 FuEL Award Winners

    Nov 13, 2012Three young OCE entrepreneurs among Top 20 FuEL Award Winners
    Armen Bakirtzian, CEO of Waterloo-based Avenir Medical Inc.; Arjun Kumar, founder and CEO of Kela Medical in Whitby, ON; and Ronald Richardson co-founder and Vice President, Sales of Kanata, ON’s Benbria Corporation rose to the top of nearly 100 nominees to emerge as Top 20 winners in PROFIT’s FuEL (Future Entrepreneurial Leaders) Awards.
  • Paul Webster

    Next generation entrepreneur behind next dimension of control for advanced manufacturing in Ontario

    Nov 09, 2012Next generation entrepreneur behind next dimension of control for advanced manufacturing in Ontario
    Queen’s University Physics PhD graduate Paul Webster has picked up a thing or two about business. Now the 2012 Martin Walmsley Fellowship recipient. Webster credits financial and business support received from OCE, Queen’s and NSERC for getting the company to where it is today and for getting him personally out of the lab and into a job he was able to create for himself.
  • Holistic approach to energy requires collaboration

    Nov 06, 2012Holistic approach to energy requires collaboration
    Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE’s) recent energy leadership workshop, Smart Energy Networks in Toronto brought together nearly 70 senior officials and researchers from the natural gas and electricity sectors last week. The objective of the session was to explore the benefits associated with integrating gas and electricity networks with the overall goal of starting to think about the energy system holistically.
  • Ontario’s energy system: More than the sum of its parts

    Nov 05, 2012Ontario’s energy system: More than the sum of its parts
    Ontario Centres of Excellence hosted a Smart Energy Networks event in Toronto, bringing together 70 Ontario energy leaders to explore the benefits associated with integrating gas and electricity networks.
  • Small businesses to reap big Benefits from new OCE High Performance Computing Initiative

    Oct 25, 2012Small businesses to reap big Benefits from new OCE High Performance Computing Initiative
    High performance computing (HPC) is the next big thing in small business. The technology powers through unimaginably massive sets of data to find the actionable information and meaningful correlations - accelerating commercialization opportunities. But processing big data costs big bucks - outside the reach of many small businesses. Until now.
  • Celebrating Return on Innovation

    Oct 24, 2012Celebrating Return on Innovation
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) held its annual general meeting amongst tableaus of the old trading days at the Design Exchange (formerly the TSE) Oct. 23. The crowd of more than 200 attendees was more focused on the future, however, as OCE put its money where its mouth is when it comes to its tagline: where next happens.
  • OCE Program Contributes to Emerging Small Business Boom

    Oct 17, 2012OCE Program Contributes to Emerging Small Business Boom
    Interest in entrepreneurship at universities and colleges is on the rise. With academic institutions starting to foster this culture of entrepreneurship, creating your own jobs is now seen as part of the solution and hundreds of small businesses are starting to emerge from these institutions.
  • Accelerating the business of commercialization for future prosperity

    Oct 02, 2012Accelerating the business of commercialization for future prosperity
    CCR invited key players in the innovation space to Ottawa to hear the findings of an independent report CCR commissioned to measure the overall impact of its services on the Canadian economy since its inception.
  • Specializing in the business of innovation

    Sep 26, 2012Specializing in the business of innovation
    Professional engineer and former president of NSERC, Dr. Tom Brzustowski is an expert in commercialization and innovation. The Chair of the Centre for Commercialization of Research's (CCR's) Advisory Board, Dr. Brzustowski discusses the business of innovation and what Canada needs to do better.
  • Singapore Bound

    Sep 19, 2012Singapore Bound
    For emerging companies that are hoping to internationalize quickly, Singapore can be an important entry point. For two such companies accompanying the Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR) to Singapore in mid-October, this gateway to Asia will hopefully open some doors.
  • Attracted to the brain's mysteriousness

    Sep 12, 2012Attracted to the brain's mysteriousness
    Dr. Talebinejad is a biomedical engineer whose fascination with the brain has led him to a research career – and now a business – in noninvasive, nonpharmaceutical, stimulation-based therapy for depression, Alzheimer's and more.
  • Neptec

    Collaborative Research Project Goes Boldly Where No Collab Has Gone Before

    Aug 29, 2012 Collaborative Research Project Goes Boldly Where No Collab Has Gone Before
    In preparation for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, OCE funded a collaborative research project between University of Guelph prof. Ralf Gellert and Brampton-based manufacturing partner MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) to develop an improved Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) for the Curiosity rover.
  • Farming 4R Watershed project seeds collaboration and knowledge transfer

    Aug 23, 2012Farming 4R Watershed project seeds collaboration and knowledge transfer
    Funded by the Canadian Fertilizer Institute and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Social Innovation Program, the Farming 4R Watershed project will protect water quality and support Ontario agriculture.
  • Talk Rocket

    MyVoice Takes Off with New App, New Price and New Language

    Aug 22, 2012MyVoice Takes Off with New App, New Price and New Language
    OCE-supported start-up MyVoice has released app TalkRocket Go, a more robust, more wheelchair-friendly, more cost effective, more accessible and now in French, more linguistically diverse upgrade of its original communication aid.
  • Driven to succeed: exceptional quartet of young innovators investigate electric vehicles as a power source

    Aug 20, 2012Driven to succeed: exceptional quartet of young innovators investigate electric vehicles as a power source
    In their final year, Kris Harris, Maclean Shea, John Sparks and Vaughn DiMarco all enrolled in Ontario Centres of Excellence's Connections program. When they came together to solve a real-world problem, they had to push their skill sets to their limits, ultimately graduating with a degree and another shared title - that of consultant.
  • More doors open for Toronto-based ShopLocket to power the next wave of e-commerce

    Aug 13, 2012More doors open for Toronto-based ShopLocket to power the next wave of e-commerce
    In partnership with Extreme Startups, OCE's SmartStart program helped position tech start-up Shoplocket for $1-million in additional seed financing. One of the first SmartStart participants, ShopLocket has proven to the investment community it has the potential to disrupt the e-commerce space and power a new wave of merchants.
  • A head for business

    Aug 09, 2012A head for business
    New Wilfrid Laurier graduate Dave Inglis took an athletic career-ending injury and turned it into a business opportunity. He pitched his concussion management mobile app, The Concussion Toolbox, at OCE's Experiential Learning Competition at Discovery and was one of three $25,000 prize winners.