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  • 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.
  • Revised submission process and dates for Quebec/Ontario CQDM Funding Program

    Aug 08, 2012Revised submission process and dates for Quebec/Ontario CQDM Funding Program
    Revised submission process and dates for Quebec/Ontario CQDM Funding Program: Letters of intent due September 28, 2012; Full submissions due December 20, 2012.
  • Tip of the hat to Top Hat Monocle

    Aug 02, 2012Tip of the hat to Top Hat Monocle
    Interactive education software company Top Hat Monocle recently landed $8M in Series A financing. The compnay started as a graduate school project in 2009 at the University of Waterloo.
  • Sue Abu-Hakima Receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

    Jul 30, 2012Sue Abu-Hakima Receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
    OCE’s Board of Directors Vice-Chair Dr. Suhayya (Sue) Abu-Hakima was recently honoured with a newly minted Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, being awarded throughout the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year of 2012.
  • Ontario-made Cardiac Care Device Greenlit by European Union

    Jul 26, 2012Ontario-made Cardiac Care Device Greenlit by European Union
    OCE-supported Company CellAegis Receives European CE Mark Certification for Broad Clinical Testing of its autoRIC noninvasive organ protection device.
  • Three young OCE entrepreneurs nominated for FuEL Awards

    Jul 25, 2012Three young OCE entrepreneurs nominated for FuEL Awards
    Young OCE entrepreneurs Ronald Richardson, Benbria; Arjun Kumar, Kela Medical; and Armen Bakirtzian, Avenir Medical are nominated for FuEL Awards.
  • Reap What You Sow: Grad Student Launches Urban Farming Business with Potential for Profit and Social Impact

    Jul 24, 2012Reap What You Sow: Grad Student Launches Urban Farming Business with Potential for Profit and Social Impact
    For a generation that was raised more on Ronald McDonald than “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” choosing to be an agri-preneur may be out of the ordinary. But for University of Toronto Civil Engineering PhD candidate, Heather Wray, it just makes sense.
  • Remembering Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Beginnings

    Jul 23, 2012Remembering Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Beginnings
    The first five years of the OCE Program were all about building infrastructure and critical mass in each of the seven centres. The next five years were about growing the networks. It was when the original seven centres merged into four in 1998 that the focus shifted and the mission became clear: to commercialize publicly funded research to help drive the economy.
  • Windows into Ontario

    Jul 19, 2012Windows into Ontario
    OCE was one of more than 200 exhibitors showcasing to an international audience at the Microsoft World Partner Conference (WPC) as part of the Ontario, Your Next Big Idea Pavillion.
  • Partnering for Poverty Alleviation

    Jul 16, 2012Partnering for Poverty Alleviation
    More than 90 participants from the private, academic, non-profit and social enterprise sectors recently gathered at Algonquin College in Ottawa to share their experiences and brainstorm collaborative innovative solutions to poverty alleviation as part of OCE's Social Innovation Partnership Challenge forum.
  • Mining sector in need of young innovators

    Jul 11, 2012Mining sector in need of young innovators
    With global demand for its products tripling, an aging workface and a gap in the number of qualified workers graduating from the education system and the volume of jobs to fill, the mining industry is in need of some young innovators.
  • Dr. Hadi Mahabadi Appointed to the Order of Canada

    Jul 09, 2012Dr. Hadi Mahabadi Appointed to the Order of Canada
    OCE Board Member Dr. Hadi Mahabadi was recently appointed to the Order of Canada for his internationally recognized innovations in the field of polymer science and his commitment to promoting scientific development in Canada.
  • Telling Ontario’s “Born Global” Story Abroad

    Jul 06, 2012Telling Ontario’s “Born Global” Story Abroad
    Dr. Mario Thomas, Managing Director of the Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR) spoke at international tech transfer events in Barcelona and Madrid on Ontario companies being "born global."
  • Mining Sector Seeks Broad Academic Engagement to Meet Growing Global Demand

    Jul 04, 2012Mining Sector Seeks Broad Academic Engagement to Meet Growing Global Demand
    More than 150 participants at Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE’s) and Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation’s (CEMI’s) recent mining forum learned that mines are very sophisticated complex structures and the mining sector is now leading edge and ripe for more innovation.
  • Giving Young Entrepreneurs a Smart Start

    Jun 27, 2012Giving Young Entrepreneurs a Smart Start
    The new SmartStart program for young STEM entrepreneurs was officially launched at OCE’s Toronto office by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) which invested more than $1.1 million to develop and execute the program.
  • Building a Biomedical Research Corridor from Ontario to Quebec

    Jun 19, 2012Building a Biomedical Research Corridor from Ontario to Quebec
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is partnering with the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM), the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) and MaRS Innovation to create a joint funding program focused on biomedical research in Quebec and in Ontario.
  • OCE Business Development Manager Honoured for Decades of Student Support as Industry Sponsor

    Jun 14, 2012OCE Business Development Manager Honoured for Decades of Student Support as Industry Sponsor
    University of Toronto presents OCE Business Development Manager Thomas Gehring with a certificate for his pre-OCE contributions to the Connections program
  • Young entrepreneurs find medical industry is hip to change

    Jun 12, 2012Young entrepreneurs find medical industry is hip to change
    Avenir Medical's technology, PelvAssistTM has seen plenty of success so far, including its most recent milestone, closing $725,000 in seed financing.
  • EIDO at Discovery

    OCE Company EidoSearch Proves to be Alpha Start-Up in Backbone Magazine Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign

    Jun 06, 2012OCE Company EidoSearch Proves to be Alpha Start-Up in Backbone Magazine Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign
    EidoSearch Co-Founders David Kedmey and Xiao-Ping (Steven) Zhang were selected as the inaugural Backbone Magazine Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign winners.