OCE In The News

  • March 27, 2015 – TechvibesOCE-supported Sensibill Raises $2 Million, Launches Mobile Digital Receipts Service

    Sensibill announced today that it has received $2 million in seed funding. The investment was led by Impression Ventures and included Six Squared Capital, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and Ryerson Futures.

  • March 26, 2015 – Markham Economist and SunOCE President Dr. Tom Corr to help judge York Region innovation competition

    The idea of the sky being the limit is behind the Global Impact Competition, which will play itself out at the Markham Civic Centre April 2 as five of Canada’s brightest minds pitch their ideas to improve the lives of Canadians in a Dragon’s Den-style showdown. The winner will attend a highly competitive 10-week graduate studies program worth $30,000 at Singularity University in California’s Silicon Valley, where participants examine ways where technology can create a better world.
    OCE President, Dr. Tom Corr, is one of the judges of this competition.

  • March 25, 2015 – Electronic Products and Technology MagazineOCE's Discovery event to feature headline speakers: Lean startup architect Eric Ries and YouTube co-founder among list of keynotes
    Now in its 10th year, OCE's Discovery is Canada's premier innovation showcase, bringing together the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, investment and government. The annual conference will appear at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on April 27-28.
  • March 25, 2015 – The RecordOCE-supported mobile app simplifies health studies for doctors and patients
    A mobile app developed by the startup Metric Wire, with support from OCE, prompts patients enrolled in clinical trials for new drugs to take their medication, report their reactions and complete surveys, providing real-time data to researchers. 
  • March 23, 2015 – PV MagazineOCE-supported Clear Blue Technologies receives Canadian investment

    The Canadian government is investing nearly CAD 100,000 ($79.517) in OCE-supported off-grid company Clear Blue Technologies. The investment, which totals CAD 92,000, is to be made through the National Research Council of Canada's Industrial Research Assistant Program. The aim of the investment is to help Toronto-based Clear Blue continue to develop its Smart Off-Grid technology.

  • March 20, 2015 – Hamilton Bay ObserverOCE-supported contest a boost for Hamilton's life sciences sector

    As Hamilton looks to develop its position as a leader in the life sciences, community members have come together to present the second annual Synapse Life Science Competition. It’s a collaboration between Innovation Factory, TechAlliance, McMaster University and Ontario Centres of Excellence. Synapse is designed to help move innovative life science products and services out of the lab and into market, by pairing up life science innovators with business and entrepreneurship students.

  • March 19, 2015 – Virtual Strategy Magazine2015 Funding Roadshow Arrives in Toronto on March 25 at Ryerson DMZ
    The 2015 Funding Roadshow, a national initiative with 11 city stops across Canada and includes representation from OCE, today announced the details of its first Toronto stop. (For a complete schedule, please see https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/2015-funding-roadshow-toronto-march-tickets-15460020337).
  • March 18, 2015 – The EyeopenerXstream streaming

    There’s a new angle on live streaming - actually, there are four.
    A recently developed OCE-supported app allows users to choose which angle to watch live streaming sport games, concerts and events.
    PESA Live features multiple video feeds at the same time while giving users the option to tap into which feed angle they want to focus in on.
    Ryerson RTA School of Media students designed the multi-camera content and graphics, while computer science students created the application.

  • March 11, 2015 – Yonge StreetLed by ChipCare, three Toronto startups secure significant investment
    It was a good week for Toronto's startup ecosystem as three of the city's startups announced that they had secured significant outside investment including OCE-supported ChipCare.
  • March 5, 2015 – Ottawa Business JournalStartup croquet a hard game to win
    Over the past 20 years various levels of government have studied and analyzed how they can assist startups and Canada now has dozens of government programs aimed at supporting entrepreneurs These include early stage initiatives such as the National Research Councils Industrial Research Assistance Program provincial and federal agencies that support collaborative research and development such as the Ontario Centres of Excellence programs from the Business Development Bank of Canada that provide convertible loans and financing to startups and the federal finance departments Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program which has invested in commercialization centres across Canada
  • March 5, 2015 – Ottawa Business JournalCarleton graduate, students launch new mobile app to make connecting easier on social media

    After five seasons on the Carleton University men’s basketball team – four of them ending with national titles – Kyle Smendziuk is used to winning. Mr. Smendziuk is hoping his latest venture, a mobile app launched Wednesday from Carleton’s Lead to Win program, will keep him in the winner’s circle.

  • March 5, 2015 – Northern LifeEntrepreneurship 101: 'You need a support system'
    Every successful entrepreneur needs a support system to achieve their goals, says the co-ordinator of the Sudbury Youth Entrepreneurship Hub, Matthieu Dasys. “No entrepreneur is the beginning, middle and end of anything,” Dasys said. “You need a support system, you need complimentary skills, and you need help from the people who can help.”

    The hub, which Laurentian University created in December 2014, in collaboration with Cambrian College and Collège Boréal, and in partnership with NORCAT, is meant to foster an entrepreneurial culture at all three post-secondary institutions. 

    The Ontario Centres of Excellence fund the office through their On Campus Entrepreneurship Activities grant.
  • March 3, 2015 – PR WebChipCare Closes Oversubscribed $5 Million Series A Financing
    ChipCare Corporation, an OCE-supported University of Toronto start-up company commercializing a handheld, blood-testing platform for HIV and other infectious and non-communicable diseases has closed a $5.045 million Series A financing to bring its first-generation product to market while further developing the platform's next generation products.
  • March 3, 2015 – County LiveCounty Cider collaborates with students, shares skills

    Loyalist College’s Manufacturing Engineering Technician program students will collaborate with the County Cider Company on an applied learning project this semester.
    Students and faculty plan to work closely with the local cider producer to evaluate its machining operations and recommend process improvements to increase productivity and flexibility. The initiative, which enables students to put their design skills to work, is made possible by a grant from the provincial government through the Ontario Centres of Excellence, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, marking the College’s first NSERC award.

  • March 3, 2015 – Windpower Engineering and Development3D printed wind turbines help remote communities gain sustainable power

    When it comes to energy, finding a sustainable clean energy alternative to fossil fuels is one of the most talked about engineering challenges. Wind power is a very popular alternative due to its lack of emissions, and it can be applied to virtually any environment. While we’re working to develop mass-scale clean power solutions, it’s often forgotten that there are still many communities that don’t have any access to power.
    The David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge, a yearly energy challenge organized by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, is working to help bring power to everybody.

  • March 3, 2015 – Globe and MailPatents: a hindrance to getting ideas to market?
    In its final survey of IP in the higher education sector in 2009, Statistics Canada reported the country's universities made just more than $67-million in income from IP, but it cost almost $57 million to commercialize this research. With just $10-million in profits, critics call this rate of commercialization dismal at best and some of the blame may lie with unnecessary licensing, which can be costly and, in some cases, scare off further innovation.

    But despite the criticism, some experts say that Canadian universities have improved their outlook on patents and their role in commercialization in recent years. "I think we are getting better because it's finally changing to where it hasn't been before," says Tom Corr, president of the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

  • February 25, 2015 – PR WebScreaming Power’s mobile app will change the way energy consumption and conservation are managed
    OCE-supported Screaming Energy is the first mobile application focused on the energy and conservation specialist. It allows energy professionals to manage, analyze and share energy information securely with multiple people, both inside and outside their organization.
  • February 25, 2015 – Toronto ObserverCollege ‘accelerates’ youth entrepreneurship across GTA

    The Accelerator for Centennial Community Entrepreneurs and Leaders (ACCEL) at Centennial College hopes to empower youth across the GTA with the skills to start and grow their own business.

    The program, launched last November, is aimed toward young entrepreneurs, including Centennial College students, ages 18-29. Funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Centres of Excellence, ACCEL works with participants over a three-month period to “enhance their personal skills, while accelerating their businesses to achieve their milestones.”

  • February 22, 2015 – Canadian ManufacturingQueen’s U developed coating to banish smudgy touchscreens
    Queen’s University chemists, Dr. Guojun Liu and Dean Xiong, announced the development of a fingerprint-resistant coating that may soon prevent smudges from accumulating on touchscreens.
  • February 22, 2015 – Peterborough, ONEntries sought for second Bears' Lair Entrepreneurial Competition
    It will all come down to the best pitch and the perfect sell as area entrepreneurs get ready for the second annual Bears' Lair Entrepreneurial Competition.