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News Releases

  • IBM and ventureLAB Team with Ontario Government and Ontario Centres of Excellence to Drive Innovation and Economic Growth in York Region

    May 08, 2017IBM and ventureLAB Team with Ontario Government and Ontario Centres of Excellence to Drive Innovation and Economic Growth in York Region
    IBM and ventureLAB unveiled the IBM Innovation Space – Markham Convergence Centre, an enterprise-led innovation hub in Ontario.
  • Twenty high-school entrepreneurs ready to make their pitch at Discovery 2017

    Apr 28, 2017Twenty high-school entrepreneurs ready to make their pitch at Discovery 2017
    Twenty budding entrepreneurs will pitch live at Discovery for up to $3,000 in start-up funds and entrepreneurial mentorship through the Ontario Summer Company program and other awards in the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition.
  • Jared Cohen, Founder of Google Ideas and President of Jigsaw, to Give Keynote Address at Discovery 2017

    Apr 21, 2017Jared Cohen, Founder of Google Ideas and President of Jigsaw, to Give Keynote Address at Discovery 2017
    Ontario Centres of Excellence is thrilled to announce Jared Cohen as the keynote speaker for Day One of Discovery 2017, being held May 15-16 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
  • Ontario companies compete for $20,000 in accessibility-focused pitch competition at Discovery 2017

    Apr 21, 2017Ontario companies compete for $20,000 in accessibility-focused pitch competition at Discovery 2017
    Five groundbreaking companies from across Ontario that focus on accessibility and assistive technology will compete in Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE) $20,000 Accessibility Tech Pitch Competition.
  • Eight high-potential social enterprise ventures to pitch for $25,000 in awards at Discovery 2017

    Apr 21, 2017Eight high-potential social enterprise ventures to pitch for $25,000 in awards at Discovery 2017
    Eight Ontario-based social enterprise ventures will compete for $25,000 in awards at Ontario Centres of Excellence’s (OCE’s) second annual Social Enterprise Pitch Competition, being held on May 15 at Discovery 2017.
  • Future Crimes Institute founder and global strategist Marc Goodman to join Discovery 2017

    Apr 11, 2017Future Crimes Institute founder and global strategist Marc Goodman to join Discovery 2017
    Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased to welcome New York Times bestselling author, founder of the Future Crimes Institute, and global strategist Marc Goodman to the Discovery 2017 Day One Cybersecurity Panel as a featured presenter.
  • Tom Corr, President and CEO of OCE at Pond Technologies Inc.

    Ontario Government Announces Support for Semi-Finalists in $20 million competition

    Apr 07, 2017Ontario Government Announces Support for Semi-Finalists in $20 million competition
    Today at POND Technologies Inc. in Markham, Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, announced the government’s support for three Ontario-based teams among the 25 international semi-finalists in the $20-million global NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition.
  • Discovery 2017 welcomes Gina McCarthy, EPA head under President Obama

    Apr 04, 2017Discovery 2017 welcomes Gina McCarthy, EPA head under President Obama
    A leading advocate for public health and the environment for over 30 years, Gina McCarthy will be the Day Two keynote speaker at Discovery 2017.
  • Helping Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up

    Mar 02, 2017Helping Social Entrepreneurs Scale Up
    TORONTO, MARCH 1, 2017 – The Ontario Government, through the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), is now accepting applications for two highly popular features of its annual Discovery conference: the Social Enterprise Zone (SEZ) and the Social Enterprise Pitch Competition. The Social Enterprise Zone will showcase 24 Ontario-based social enterprises, helping them make valuable connections to potential investors, partners and customers. The application deadline is March 24, 2017 at 12 noon, and applications can be made on the OCE Discovery website.
  • $28.8-Million Innovation Challenge Supports a Sustainable, Innovation-Based Economy

    Mar 01, 2017$28.8-Million Innovation Challenge Supports a Sustainable, Innovation-Based Economy
    The Ontario government today launched a new, $28.8-million challenge to help innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Ontario address public sector business and service challenges. The Small Business Innovation Challenge (SBIC) is part of the Ontario government’s Business Growth Initiative (BGI), and will be managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) on behalf of the Ontario government. The SBIC will stimulate the growth of SMEs by supporting them in developing and demonstrating innovative technologies with the goal of these new solutions driving innovation in the public and private sectors.