OCE In The News

  • August 27, 2012 – Environmental Expert.comBuilding a smarter smart grid: Practical innovations from Ontario, Canada start-ups
    While many smart grid innovations are technically complex, a renewable energy storage solution from Ontario-based HydroStor is brilliantly simple.
  • August 24, 2012 – Exchange MagazineNew rural-urban partnership launched to protect water quality and support Ontario agriculture
    Conservation leaders, scientists, farm leaders, fertilizer industry representatives, and provincial officials today launched a unique rural-urban partnership that will protect water quality in the Grand River Watershed and support the sustainable intensification of agriculture in the region.
  • August 24, 2012 – CBCDr. Hossein Rahnama on CBC's Lang and O'Leary Exchange
    Dr. Hosseing Rahnama of Ryerson's Digital Media Zone appears on CBC's Lang and O'Leary Exchange to talk start-ups and innovation in Ontario.
  • August 15, 2012 – Globe and MailWhy Canada needs to grow more ‘born globals’
    Born global companies play a pivotal role in all economies – however in Canada, the importance of these firms is even more pronounced. Largely comprised of small firms, our nation represents three per cent of the total world market. To build our domestic economy, Canadian companies must focus on the 97 per cent beyond our borders. Written by Centre for Commercialization of Research (CCR) Managing Director Dr. Mario Thomas.
  • July 30, 2012 – MTBS 3DI iGO3D Results Flowing In
    In March, 2011, a large-scale stereoscopic 3D gaming research initiative was launched called iGO3D. Primarily government funded by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), iGO3D was launched to research best practice guidelines for stereoscopic 3D game development and more.

  • July 30, 2012 – Ryerson Department of Architectural Ramakrishnan Awarded two TPS Ontario Centres of Excellence Grants
    Prof. Ramani Ramakrishnan has secured funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence for two of his Technical Problem Solving application. He will use this grant to develop two projects.

  • July 25, 2012 – Waterloo Chronicle University of Waterloo Demo Days
    We've all done it. Scrambling around in the morning, collecting keys and sunglasses, we jump in the car and on the way to work suddenly wonder … “Did I lock my door?” It’s a problem everyone can relate to, and is probably the reason Unlockly took home the People’s Choice award at last Thursday’s VeloCity Demo Day at the University of Waterloo.
  • July 12, 2012 – PRWeb Gazaro Changes Name to 360pi, Announces Funding
    Gazaro announced today that, following a period of significant growth, which included the launch in 2011 of its industry-leading price intelligence offering and its adoption as the service of choice by numerous top North American retailers, the company has rebranded its B2B offering as 360pi, with “PI” being the company’s focus: “Price Intelligence.”

  • July 6, 2012 – David Teten’s Blog Market Research for Entrepreneurs and Other Cheapskates

    Participating in OCE Discovery (Canada’s largest innovation conference). Some of the most exciting companies (500px, Interaxon) are in Canada. Video and slide deck on Market Research for Entrepreneurs and Other Cheapskates.


  • July 5, 2012 – Canadian Healthcare Technology Ontario, Quebec launch life sciences program
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is partnering with the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM), the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) and MaRS Innovation to create a joint funding program focused on biomedical research in Quebec and in Ontario.

  • July 3, 2012 – Backbone Magazine Leverage Mentors to Accelerate Success
    Business mentors help start-ups in major ways, like forming successful go-to-market strategies, but they also offer counsel on the sometimes-presumed “little things” that keep the lights on. As Kevin Teur, managing director of the Canadian Digital Media network, pointed out, mentorship is fundamental to the success of early-stage companies.

  • June 26, 2012 – Computer Technology Review Piston Cloud and Gridcentric join to offer OpenStack-based VDI
    Piston Cloud Computing Inc., the enterprise OpenStack vendor, announced Monday that it has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Gridcentric, the virtualization optimization company. Every Piston Enterprise OS software license now includes Gridcentric's Virtual Memory Streaming (VMS) technology, delivering an easier, more affordable approach to Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). This partnership also marks the initial commercially available VDI solution built on OpenStack, the world's leading open source cloud framework.

  • June 26, 2012 – Financial Post New funding program to help non-business grads commercialize innovation
    The federal government is taking aim at resolving the dearth of commercialized innovation in Canada with an announcement today of a new funding program designed to help graduates of science, technology, engineering and math programs improve their skills and acquire business seed funding.

  • June 25, 2012 – Water CanadaVideo: How Blue is your bottom Line?

    Back in May, Kerry Freak, Editor of Water Canada moderated a session called “How Blue Is Your Bottom Line?” at the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Discovery 12 conference. The conversation considered the environmental and economic value of water, particularly in cities. How do cities become smarter about their water use? Panellists also discussed creative policies and programs for water users at all levels.


  • June 21, 2012 – Backbone Magazine Financial Tech Start-up EidoSearch Wins Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign
    An innovator in simplifying sophisticated numerical queries landed a big boost in May when it was named winner of the Alpha Exchange Innovation Campaign. EidoSearch, the brainchild of Xiao-Ping (Steven) Zhang, a Ryerson University professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and former M&A investment banker David Kedmey, out-pitched a coterie of impressive entrepreneurs to take home top honours—and the lion’s share of a $100,000 prize pack—at the Innovation Campaign’s live pitch-off held during the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery12 show in downtown Toronto.

  • June 18, 2012 – Newswire.ca CQDM Partners with MaRS Innovation, Ontario Brain Institute and Ontario Centres of Excellence to Launch Life Sciences Funding Program Within Ontario-Québec Corridor
    Together with key partners from Ontario, the Québec Consortium for Drug Discovery (CQDM) is creating a new initiative to fund collaborative life sciences research projects between the two provinces.

  • June 13, 2012 – Ingersoll Times New smart phone app will help make infant formula 'just right'

    Like the porridge in Goldilocks and the Three Bears, infant formula needs to be just right, with the combination of powdered product and water not being nutrient deficient nor toxic from excessive mineralization. Soon there'll be an app for that. Ingersoll resident and water expert Heather Gingerich is developing a smart phone application called “Baby Bear Care” for caregivers of formula-fed infants in communities like Ingersoll, which has highly mineralized water.


  • June 9, 2012 – Stratford Beaconherald.com The benefits of learning by doing
    At a time when gaming is trying to simulate the real world, it seems as though education is following the trend, again. Apprenticeship has existed as long as there have been trades because some things are learned better by doing. Recently, more universities are offering project-based, or experiential, learning programs.

  • June 9, 2012 – Mentor Network MENTORREADY – LESSONS FROM THE WORLD’S LARGEST BUSINESS MENTORING EVENT
    On May 14, MENTORnetwork was involved in producing the World’s Largest Business Mentoring Event at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery12 Conference. 328 mentors and protégés completed 24 x 3-minute speed mentoring sessions, setting a new Guinness World Record in the process.

  • June 8, 2012 – Village Gamer Ontario Centres of Excellence Named Latest Partner in Communitech HYPERDRIVE Program

    As Canadian start-ups gear up for Communitech‘s highly anticipated HYPERDRIVE program, launching mid-June and set to get under way in early July, high-profile partners and funders are following suit to offer their support to the promising tech initiative. Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) is the latest partner to contribute its resources to what is considered the next generation of funding incubators.