OCE In The News

  • 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.
  • February 22, 2015 – Electronic Products and TechnologyFingerprint-resistant touchscreen coating from Queens U gets OCE 'thumbs up'
    Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) of Toronto is investing $200,000 in a Queen's University innovation that could soon make smudgy tablet and smartphone touchscreens a thing of the past.
  • February 22, 2015 – Waterloo, ONAntvibes takes guesswork out of name pronunciation

    Vigen Nazarian has borne a cross ever since he immigrated from Iran 30 years ago, His name is difficult to pronounce.

  • February 19, 2015 – Erie MediancTakeOff launches at college
    Niagara College launched a new initiative that will expand entrepreneurship activities across all of its programs; while increasing student access to experts, mentors, events, and opportunities on campus and in the community
    February 4 marked the official launch of ncTakeOff, led jointly by the college’s business, hospitality, environment, media, trades and technology divisionsand is managed by OCE.
  • February 19, 2015 – Timmins PressCollaboration leads to innovative idea

    Northern College and a Timmins-based forestry service have collaborated with others including OCE in developing an automated machine which packs bags of split firewood. Northern contributed to the project through the Northern Office of Applied Research and Innovation (NOARI), the college’s applied research arm.

  • February 19, 2015 – Northern Ontario BusinessNorthern College, OCE and industry partners join on applied research project

    Northern College, in collaboration with the Materials Joining Innovation Centre (MaJIC) and Millson Forestry Service, has completed an applied research project to design an automated machine that packs bags of split firewood. Northern contributed to the OCE-supported project through the Northern Office of Applied Research and Innovation (NOARI), the college’s applied research arm.

  • February 19, 2015 – U of T Engineering NewsEngineering alumnus gives back to support solar cell research at U of T

    U of T Engineering alumnus Shawn Qu believes in a bright future for home-grown solar technology—and he’s helping create it in connection with an OCE grant. Dr. Qu is founder, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, North America’s leading photovoltaic module manufacturer and one of the world’s largest solar power companies.

  • February 19, 2015 – NewsTalk 610Niagara College to launch ncTakeOff initiative for entrepreneurship activities
    Niagara College is starting a new initiative aimed at expanding entrepreneurship activities.
  • February 19, 2015 – Carelton NewsroomEntrepreneurs Pitch to Opportunity Review Boards at Carleton University
    Academic entrepreneurship is alive and well in Canada's Capital Region and Ontario Centres of Excellence are there to support the cause.
    Entrepreneurial reviews are ongoing events at Carleton University with some 150 teams annually pitching ideas to experienced serial entrepreneurs and others involved in business development.
  • January 22, 2015 – Orillia Packet and TimesCouncil rep could join Orillia Food Council
    The Sharing Place food bank is trying to be proactive to meet the growing needs of its clients and is working in collaboration with the Ontario Centres of Excellence in a bid to develop an indoor urban farm in Orillia to help provide people with healthy, fresh food.