OCE In The News

  • February 25, 2014 – University AffairsThe trouble with the entrepreneurial mindset
    The November 2013 meeting of the Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) brought together hundreds of members of the private sector, government and academia, including OCE President and CEO Dr. Tom Corr, to discuss new directions for a Canadian “innovation-based” economy.
  • February 24, 2014 – Small Business CentreMake Your Pitch is back!
    The Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition is back for its second year! This is a high school entrepreneurship competition for Ontario residents where high school students present their business idea in a two-minute  pitch. Online video submissions will close March 28, 2014 with judging beginning April 1, 2014.
  • February 21, 2014 – Canadian ManufacturingOntario firm gets $250K to develop exhaust heat recovery system
    An Ontario firm is getting a $250,000 booster shot as it looks to commercialize an innovative system that converts exhaust heat from trucks into an onboard power source.
  • February 4, 2014 – PR WebSlyce Acquires OCE-Supported YorkU Computer Vision Technology for Retail E-commerce
    Slyce has acquired a computer vision technology developed at York University with support from Ontario Centres of Excellence that quickly analyzes and aggregates similar images.
  • February 4, 2014 – Soo TodayYoung Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch!
    In partnership with Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Government of Ontario is investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs by providing an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to experts and the public as part of the province's Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch contest.
  • January 8, 2014 – MarketwiredDx3 and Extreme Startups Launch the Extreme Startups Acceleration Zone at Dx3 2014
    Dx3, Canada's largest event focused on digital marketing, digital advertising & digital retail and Extreme Startups, a leading venture backed startup accelerator, in partnership with OCE has launched "The Extreme Startups Acceleration Zone @ Dx3" - a ground-breaking new partnership aimed at putting Canada's future leading digital product companies in front of brands eager to be at the forefront of global digital marketing and commerce innovation.
  • January 8, 2014 – The Green PagesOff-grid wind turbines make their way to Northern Ontario
    With support from OCE, the Wind Energy Group, based at the University of Waterloo, is researching new ways to make the most of that obvious potential, while also solving a long-standing problem of generating local power in Canada’s more remote communities.
  • December 20, 2013 – Startup Weekend Toronto Dominates in the Global Startup Battle
    Is Toronto a good spot to launch a startup? If the results of this year’s Global Startup Battle are anything to go by, it may just be one of the best places around. Three companies that took part in the OCE- presented Startup Weekend Maker Edition Toronto all did well at the Global Startup Battle.
  • December 20, 2013 – Canadian ManufacturingOCE-supported high-tech goggles restore sight to legally blind
    Necessity, as we all know, is the mother of invention. In the case of Conrad Lewis, it was the critical necessity of providing sight for his two sisters, who were legally blind due to Stargardt’s Disease. There was nothing that could be done medically, but Conrad believed he could develop an engineering solution that would restore their sight. And with the support of OCE, among others, that's just what he's done.
  • December 20, 2013 – Trent niversityOCE-supported Trent Undergraduate Student and his Professor Establish Patent
    The development of an innovative OCE-supported environmentally-friendly anti-corrosive coating for metals has earned Trent’s Dr. Andrew Vreugdenhil and his former undergraduate student Tom Singleton a new US patent.
  • December 13, 2013 – Biotechnology FocusOCE seed funding recipient Xagenic Inc. completes $20 Million Series B Financing
    OCE-supported Xagenic Inc. has successfully closed a Series B financing round totaling $20 million. New investor Domain Associates, LLC, led the round, joined by existing investors who include CTI Life Sciences Fund and the Ontario Emerging Technologies Fund.

  • December 3, 2013 – The VarsityOCAD U hosts Toronto’s first-ever Startup Weekend Makers Edition
    OCAD University, together with the Ontario Centres of Excellence and The Working Group custom software company, hosted Toronto’s first-ever Startup Weekend Makers Edition from November 22–24. The Startup Weekend was an entrepreneurship marathon ­— in the course of the weekend, ideas were transformed into reality, and new developments in healthcare and tracking technology were among the results.
  • December 2, 2013 – Huffington PostWhy Toronto and Waterloo are Hooking Up
    OCE-supported accelerator oneeleven is a critical bookend in the Waterloo-Toronto tech corridor.
  • December 2, 2013 – Technology MarketingXagenic Inc. Completes $20 Million Series B Financing
    OCE-supported Xagenic Inc., a molecular diagnostics company developing the first lab-free molecular diagnostic platform with a 20 minute time-to-result, today announced the close of a Series B financing totaling $20 million.
  • December 2, 2013 – CBC News Toronto business accelerator grooms data-driven firms
    A newly opened business accelerator co-founded by OCE in Toronto aims to move Canada ahead in the growing field of data-driven technology.
    The business of helping companies make sense of data is estimated to grow to $50 billion worldwide in the next five years from $5 billion today, say the founders of OneEleven accelerator, which had its grand opening last week.
  • November 29, 2013 – Canadian Entrepreneurship - Toronto StarBusiness solutions: Market your way to the top
    You’ve encountered the hurdle that so many small and medium-sized businesses face: marketing your product or service to make it a success.
    OCE President and CEO shares his thoughts on marketing your way to the top.
  • November 29, 2013 – CBC TV NewsA helping hand for data-driven start-ups
    OCE and OMERS Ventures have teamed up to create oneeleven, an accelerator for sophisticated data-driven entrepreneurs.
  • November 29, 2013 – Toronto StarTech startup tackles health care sector
    Toronto-based tech start-up Open Care has received business mentorship from the Ontario Centres of Excellence project called OneEleven, a so-called accelerator created to address the technical needs of entrepreneurs with proven track records.
  • November 28, 2013 – Ryerson NewsBuilding the next generation of big-data technology
    OneEleven, officially launched this week, is Canada’s first accelerator created to address the technical needs of successful, visionary entrepreneurs who will benefit from access to the power of high-performance computing.
  • November 20, 2013 – Broadway WorldToronto Adds OCE-sponsored Makers to the Mix for 6th Startup Weekend
    Toronto is poised to host its sixth Startup Weekend, which brings together entrepreneurs, designers and developers to participate in 54 hours of taking innovative business ideas from concept to launch. And Ontario Centres of Excellence is going to be part of this weekend's events.