OCE In The News

  • December 11, 2014 – Peterborough ExaminerTrent, Fleming to boost entrepreneurship
    Fleming College and Trent University have signed on for a new partnership with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College in Oshawa. FastStart is being funded through an $800,000 Government of Ontario grant being shared equally among all four post-secondary institutions under the province’s $5 million On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities program, managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
  • December 11, 2014 – UOIT NewsUOIT, Durham and Fleming colleges and Trent University launch FastStart program

    The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), in conjunction with Durham College,Fleming College and Trent University shared today that the four organizations are working withSpark Centre and the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) to launch the FastStart program (FastStart), a powerful new resource designed to help university and college students acquire entrepreneurial skills and convert innovative business ideas into successful companies. FastStart is an entrepreneurial training partnership designed to increase the entrepreneurship skills and awareness of university and college students and help them develop solid business plans and take products to market. It is being funded through an $800,000 Government of Ontario grant being shared equally among all four post-secondary institutions under the province’s $5 million On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, managed byOntario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

  • December 11, 2014 – McMaster Daily NewsMath geek turned neuroscientist's new site is the Match.com of research equipment

    Brandon Aubie just wanted to connect more researchers with McMaster's Biointerfaces Institute. He ended up creating a whole new company. With support from Ontario Centres of Excellence, he self-described "math geek turned neuroscientist" has created what might just be the Match.com of research equipment and expertise, and the site is now taking off across the country.

  • December 9, 2014 – The Kitchener-Waterloo RecordWaterloo-based inventor hopes to mine riches with Gold Sniffer

    Inside a Conestoga College lab, Jim Kendall is building a device that could revolutionize mineral exploration — a camera that detects gold in rock samples.
    Kendall calls it the Gold Sniffer. He co-founded a company, OCE-supported Kendall Technology, to bring his remarkable idea it to market. If all goes well in the coming months, the first Gold Sniffers will be ready next May and a more sophisticated version will come out next fall.

  • December 8, 2014 – VenturelabForaHealthyMe.com
    OCE-supported ForaHealthyMe.com was founded in July of 2012. It was designed to engage and inform patients prior to admissions and after discharge from the hospital in order to prevent unnecessary re-admissions and to address psycho-social issues related to a diagnosis and care.
  • December 4, 2014 – PharmiwebSciencescape selected as one of The Scientist "Top 10 Innovations" in life science in 2014
    The Scientist has unveiled the "Top 10 Innovations" of 2014 and selected OCE-supported Sciencescape the most comprehensive platform for real-time streaming exploration and sharing of peer-reviewed biomedical scientific papers as one the winners of this award. 

    If you’ve ever completed a home renovation, or even thought about it, dreaming about your new space is the easy part. Unfortunately, when it comes to actually renovating, most of us have no idea where to start. OCE-supported DraftingSPACE is an online tool that can automatically design your home renovation. Users visit the site, upload room dimensions, select furniture, and the tool automatically generates optimal designs that can be viewed as blueprints and 3D renderings.

  • December 4, 2014 – TechVibesBlueDot Raises Series A Round to Track Global Spread of Infectious Diseases

    BlueDot, an OCE-supported, Toronto-based social benefit corporation founded by Dr. Kamran Khan, an infectious disease physician and scientist, tracks and predicts the global spread of infectious diseases. BlueDot has secured a Series A venture capital funding from Horizons Ventures. Horizons invested in Facebook, Skype, Waze, Siri, and Spotify at early stages.

    York University today announced the creation of LaunchYU, a campus-wide initiative that supports early-stage entrepreneurship and helps to accelerate start-up companies within York University and the surrounding community.
  • December 2, 2014 – The Globe and MailClearpath wants to do for robotics what BlackBerry did for smartphones
    With a vision to automate the world’s dullest, dirtiest and deadliest jobs through their unmanned robots, OCE-supported Clearpath Robotics Inc. is making an international name for itself.
  • December 1, 2014 – Toronto StarVirtual reality enters the here and now

    Co-founded and sponsored by Ontario Centres of Excellence, Toronto’s Immersed conference showed that the virtual and augmented reality industry is evolving at warp speed.

  • November 26, 2014 – St. Catharines StandardWelland bottle manufacturer means business

    There's something corny about a new manufacturing business that has set up shop in Welland. With the environment and serving small businesses in mind, OCE-supported Trivium Industries is determined to lead the way in the innovative bioplastics market.

  • November 25, 2014 – Innovation Initiatives Ontario NorthYoung Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch

    Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch is a high school entrepreneurship competition presented by the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure and Ontario Centres of Excellence as part of the Youth Jobs Strategy.
    The contest challenges students in Grades 9-12 to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video that will be voted on by the public and expert judges. Finalists will present their ideas in front of a judging panel in Toronto at Discovery for a chance to receive reserved entry into the Summer Company program.

  • November 24, 2014 – TechVibesCanada’s Startup Communities Shining Brighter Than the California Sun

    Canada’s startup support system begins with a strong foundation. There is support and resources available not only to the prospective business owner, but to curious children who could be the next generation of entrepreneurs.
    In high school the support continues as adolescents are required to begin planning their paths to post-secondary education.  Programs like the OCE’s “Young Entrepreneurs Make Your Pitch” competition, are designed to help students set themselves apart as they become more serious about entrepreneurship.

  • November 21, 2014 – The Globe and MailThese six great neuroscience ideas could make the leap from lab to market

    Research labs across Ontario are full of ingenious – and even life-saving – inventions that often never make it to market. Ontario Brain Institute and Ontario Centres of Excellence are teaming up to rescue great ideas from eternally gathering dust.

  • November 20, 2014 – PR NewswireVive Crop Protection unveils its new manufacturing plant
    OCE-supported Vive Crop Protection, Inc. is pleased to announce the opening of its new manufacturing plant to enable commercial production of its advanced product formulations. These technologies leverage Vive's patented Allosperse®delivery system, providing enhanced agronomic performance and new application opportunities for farmers.
  • November 19, 2014 – The Fountain Pen3rd Annual Youth 'Make Your Pitch' Contest Begins
    Ontario is giving young entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their business ideas to experts and the public through the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition.
  • November 19, 2014 – The Fountain PenU of G Recieves Grant From Provincial Youth Jobs Strategy
    A $400,000 grant from the provincial government through Ontario Centres of Excellence will enable the University of Guelph to expand its student entrepreneurship centre, supporting young people in starting and growing their own businesses.
  • November 18, 2014 – MaRS News and InsightsMining & Metals + Internet of Things: Industry opportunities and innovation

    The mining industry is as vital to today’s global economy as ever before, yet it is at a crossroad. It is an industry that is currently combating multiple adverse global trends such as falling commodity prices, a slowing global economy and skilled labour shortages.The industry, for the most part, understands what must be done. The calls for innovation in the mining industry are deafening and the Internet of Things is making its way into mining sites near you. For entrepreneurs who want to sell their Internet of Things-based solutions to the industry and help miners address challenges, this is music to their ears. Or is it?

  • November 18, 2014 – Wilfrid Laurier UniversityDonna Kotsopoulos appointed Acting Associate Vice-President: Research
    Dr. Donna Kotsopoulos will lead the Office of Research Services at Wilfrid Laurie University and report to Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, who will serve as Acting Vice-President: Research in addition to her role as Vice-President: Academic and Provost.