OCE In The News

  • May 11, 2015 – Electronic Products and TechnologyOCE Discovery conference breaks all records

    Held this Monday and Tuesday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, OCE Discovery well exceeded previous attendee rates attracting 3,100 attendees and close to 500 exhibits.

    “We are extremely pleased by the success of the conference and unprecedented engagement of Ontario’s innovation community in this celebration and showcase of Ontario’s leading edge technologies and talented entrepreneurs,” says Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) president and CEO Dr. Tom Corr. “We hope that all who attended found their time there to be highly productive and valuable.”

  • May 11, 2015 – Dundas Star NewsSt. Mary Catholic Secondary School Pat Chong wins Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition
    Pat Chong, a Grade 12 student at St. Mary Catholic Secondary School, has been named one of six winners in the OCE-managed Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition.
  • April 29, 2015 – TechVibesFive-million-dollar Shot in the Arm to Boost Innovation in Ontario's Healthcare System
    New technologies to improve life-saving communication, help prevent strokes or advance epilepsy treatment will be helping patients thanks to a new Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) program aimed at fostering innovation in Ontario's healthcare system.
  • April 16, 2015 – Daily ExchangeWaterloo Region's Most Promising Startups Go Head to Head
    OCE-supported Golden Triangle Angel Network (GTAN) has announced the eight startups that will be competing in their highly anticipated pitch competition: GTAN|START taking place on May 8th, 2015. GTAN|START is an annual event that celebrates dynamic early-stage companies, who have demonstrated the originality, skills and experience necessary to make them some of Waterloo Region’s most promising startups.
  • April 9, 2015 – Financial PostToo high-risk for the bank? Try alternative fundraising options like OCE

    As entrepreneurial businesses grow and develop, the sources of financing they rely on can change and pose a threat to their survival. Access to funding remains the biggest hurdle for entrepreneurial businesses, EY’s latest report, Megatrends 2015, suggests. However, those who research their options and think outside the realm of traditional lending can position themselves well for success.
    If you’re seeking up-front cash for growth-stage financing, the federal and provincial governments have grant and funding programs such as the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) or the Ontario Centres of Excellence. It’s beneficial to research the incentive programs your business may qualify for and be sure to consider key dates and timelines that may be associated with the specific program applications.

  • April 1, 2015 – The Windsor StarYoung entrepreneurs make their best pitch
    Students in the Windsor area are among hundreds who have entered OCE's Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch contest.
    They are vying for a place in the finals at the 2015 Discovery Trade show and conference in Toronto on April 27.
  • March 31, 2015 – Mississauga NewsWinner of two OCE awards named Canada’s best intern

    Andrew Andrade, winner of two OCE awards, was recently named national co-op student of the year for 2014 by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.
    Currently a student at University of Waterloo’s school of engineering, he was recognized for co-founding PetroPredict, a startup that uses data analytics to find potential oil and gas leaks that may go undetected for years, during his enterprise co-op work term last year.
    The fledgling company has won a pair of top awards at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference, including the inaugural David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge and the Elevator Pitch competition.

  • March 27, 2015 – Financial PostStartup Funding Roundup: Sensibill raises $2 million, Helpling gets financing for Canada expansion

    Toronto-based Sensibill Inc., a tech startup that digitizes paper receipts for easy storage and retrieval on banking websites and mobile apps, has raised $2 million in a seed funding round. The financing was led by Impression Ventures and includes investors Six Squared Capital, the Ontario Centres of Excellence and Ryerson Futures.

  • 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.