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    Finalists for prestigious OCE awards selected

    Sep 23, 2015Finalists for prestigious OCE awards selected
    Six promising and talented companies have been shortlisted to compete for two of Ontario Centres of Excellence’s most prestigious awards. Three companies, nominated from across the province by OCE’s Business Development team, will compete for the Martin Walmsley Award and three more will vie for the Mind to Market Award.
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    From flash cards to a life skills app for tablets and phones

    Aug 24, 2015From flash cards to a life skills app for tablets and phones
    For entrepreneur Nadia Hamilton, growing up with a brother with autism ignited a lifelong passion to help those living with cognitive special needs. Now she has built a company and developed an innovative mobile app that has the potential to help people with autism and other special needs all over the world.
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    Foot-powered washing machine cleans up with major award

    Aug 19, 2015Foot-powered washing machine cleans up with major award
    Drumi, the foot-powered washing machine designed by Yi Jiang (BDes, Industrial Design, 2013), has been awarded $3,500 from the James Dyson Foundation. Drumi came in first out of 65 Canadian applicants. Now, the ingenious device will move on to the international portion of the competition, along with 100 finalists from 20 countries.
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    Feature Interview: SURGE: Powering Entrepreneurship

    Aug 19, 2015Feature Interview: SURGE: Powering Entrepreneurship
    Run through the McKeil School of Business alongside iDeaWorks and the Faculty of Engineering Technology SURGE aims to reach out to the entire Mohawk student population across all campuses and programs of study, as well as the greater Hamilton start-up community.
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    Queen’s entrepreneurs ready to make their pitch

    Aug 19, 2015Queen’s entrepreneurs ready to make their pitch
    After 16 furious weeks of planning and prototyping, student entrepreneurs from Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College will make their pitch on Aug. 20 to win up to $30,000 in seed funding for their start-up companies.
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    Ottawa start-up draws welcome attention from U.S. military

    Jul 29, 2015Ottawa start-up draws welcome attention from U.S. military
    An Ottawa-based start-up’s open-source web conferencing platform, BigBlueButton, is under military surveillance by the U.S. government – albeit in a welcome and potentially lucrative way. Blindside Networks, which manages the development of BigBlueButton, was approached recently by the U.S. Department of Defence (DoD) to assist in adapting the platform to DoD’s needs.
  • Mackenzie Health launch event on June 24, 2015.

    Southwest York Region facility pioneers new era of technology adoption in healthcare

    Jul 06, 2015Southwest York Region facility pioneers new era of technology adoption in healthcare
    Healthcare innovation in Ontario recently reached a major milestone with the launch of the second phase of a new hospital unit devoted fully to integrating disruptive technologies into Ontario’s healthcare system.
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    OCE launches Smart Computing R&D Challenge

    Jun 30, 2015OCE launches Smart Computing R&D Challenge
    More than 150 representatives from industry, academia and government attended a special forum hosted by Ontario Centres of Excellence on June 24 to identify potential collaborations in smart computing.
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    OCE accelerates auto innovation through new program partnerships

    May 27, 2015OCE accelerates auto innovation through new program partnerships
    Fueling innovation is exactly what Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and some of its partners are doing through programs that will move more automotive-based research from the classroom to the showroom.
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    Partnering with angels

    May 27, 2015Partnering with angels
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) has solidified its relationship with six Ontario angel investment groups as a means of bolstering resources and services for start-ups and entrepreneurs.
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    Strong engagement by health community in OCE innovation program

    May 27, 2015Strong engagement by health community in OCE innovation program
    A recent event designed to explore challenges in the healthcare system and how innovation can improve patient care and hospital operations attracted more than 180 health and government officials, investors and representatives of technology companies.
  • Chad Hurley at Discovery

    YouTube co-founder talks disruptive tech at Discovery

    May 27, 2015YouTube co-founder talks disruptive tech at Discovery
    On April 28, attendees at OCE's Discovery 2015 were treated to an appearance from keynote speaker Chad Hurley, co-founder of YouTube and CEO of MixBit.
  • OCE and AUTO21 team up to drive innovation

    May 26, 2015OCE and AUTO21 team up to drive innovation
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    Launching successful businesses in Western Toronto

    May 13, 2015Launching successful businesses in Western Toronto
    In recent months, the HumberLaunch Campus Accelerator has sponsored a number of events that include a startup weekend, a skills mixer (bringing together technology skills with entrepreneurial need) and also the launch of its first Entrepreneur Awards.
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    Online program offers practical lessons for start-up success

    May 13, 2015Online program offers practical lessons for start-up success
    Excelerate is a unique series of entrepreneurial training videos specifically designed to help start-up companies in the early stages of commercialization. It is part of a suite of program offerings developed by the Canadian Innovation Centre (CIC) in Waterloo, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs achieve market success.
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    Supporting young entrepreneurs in the nation's capital

    May 13, 2015Supporting young entrepreneurs in the nation's capital
    With a plethora of resources to support young entrepreneurs, the Carleton-led Accelerator is a pillar of Ottawa’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. The Carleton-led Accelerator is part of Capital Entrepreneurs, a Campus-Linked Accelerator that includes Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College.
  • MyHealthSphere co-founder Jane Wang

    Small changes, lasting effects

    May 05, 2015Small changes, lasting effects
    With numerous studies warning against the dangers of stress and a sedentary lifestyle, organizations are devoting more and more resources towards encouraging employees to incorporate healthy behaviours as part of their workday routine.
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    Discovery conference a record-breaking success

    Apr 29, 2015Discovery conference a record-breaking success
    Canada’s premier innovation conference broke all records this year. Held this Monday and Tuesday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Discovery well exceeded previous attendee rates attracting 3,100 attendees and close to 500 exhibits.
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    OCE applauds new federal investment in SOSCIP

    Apr 29, 2015OCE applauds new federal investment in SOSCIP
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) applauds the announcement of a new $20 million investment from the federal government in the Southern Ontario Smart Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) consortium to add new areas of focus such as advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity to its research projects.
  • Make Your Pitch 2015 winners

    Discovery 2015 pitch competitions crown winners

    Apr 29, 2015Discovery 2015 pitch competitions crown winners
    Pitch competitions have become an integral part of the Discovery experience. Every year, hundreds of students and start-ups compete for the right to pitch in a variety of sectors and age groups at Discovery.