Quick Links

Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship news

Winners of the University Challenge Leverage Your Idea selected during Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

Fondation Montréal Inc. (montréalinc.ca) announced last Saturday at the close of an Entrepreneurial Boot Camp the Big Winners of the University Challenge Leverage Your Idea presented by the National Bank and organized in collaboration with Montréal universities.

Published on : 01 Dec 2016

A Montreal startup provides a smoothie solution

It’s still early days for UGo, a fledgling Montreal company that has developed a self-cleaning smoothie machine, but co-founders Morgan Abraham and Mitch Schwartz have big dreams. “Down the road, I see us as a wellness company, not just a smoothie company,” said Abraham, 29, a Boston native who studied engineering at McGill University and returned to Montreal post-graduation to give his business idea a shot. Read full article: Montreal Gazette, November 21, 2016 

Published on : 24 Nov 2016

Healthy options are a package deal at Oatbox and Yumibox

McGill students Mengyin Hong, 28, and Zoey Li, 22, the duo behind Yumibox, met two years ago, when a professor suggested Li as an assistant for Hong on her master’s project. Hong had moved from China to study at McGill, Li was from Vancouver, where she moved from China at age 4. Working together, they discovered they had similar goals and beliefs. They launched their business six months ago, even before completing their studies at McGill.

Published on : 15 Nov 2016

Two McGill students use company to raise awareness for diabetes

Two students from McGill Univeristy have founded a company to help raise awareness about diabetes and to help those coping with it. Yumi Box is a whole grain subscription box that delivers preportioned and preseasoned whole grains to your front door. “All you have to do is add water, add heat and you have healthy carbs delivered to you,” Zoey Li, McGill University dietetic student, said. Read full article: Global News, November 9, 2016 

Published on : 10 Nov 2016

Easy-to-make meals for diabetics featured on Global News

Zoey Li, co-founder of YUMiBOX by YUMiTRITION and current McGill dietetic student, was recently featured on Global News Montreal. YUMiBOX is a subscription box company that sells whole grain products to support diabetic blood sugar control. Zoey and her co-founder Mengyin Hong came in 1st place in the Small & Medium Enterprise category of the 2016 McGill Dobson Cup winning $15,000, and took the Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize of $5,000 home as well.

Published on : 10 Nov 2016

Remporter la Coupe Dobson de McGill a aidé Samuel Bruneau à démarrer son entreprise Taiga Motors

Gagner la Coupe Dobson a permis à Taiga Motors d’avoir la reconnaissance nécessaire pour à l'international et obtenir le financement nécessaire afin de fabriquer la première motoneige électrique au monde. La Banque Nationale est partenaire du Dobson Cup de McGill, qui aide les entreprises telles que Taiga Motors à réaliser leurs projets d’affaires.

Published on : 04 Nov 2016

Five very different McGill startups under one roof

What does tiramisu made with avocado have in common with cosmetic ingredients? Both are being developed by newly incorporated startup companies launched right here at McGill. Avocado Desserts, which uses avocado in unexpected and delectable ways, and Anomera, which has developed a proprietary technology to produce eco-friendly cosmetic ingredients, are both in a special three-month residency at Notman House, a startup incubator located near the corner of Sherbrooke and St. Laurent Boulevards.

Published on : 25 Oct 2016

The 23-Year-Old Behind Soular Is Bringing Solar-Powered Backpacks To Children In Africa

Salima Visram is the 23-year-old entrepreneur behind the Soular, a backpack company equipped with solar panels, which allow children who don’t have access to electricity in rural parts of Africa to study at night without having to use an expensive and carcinogenic kerosene lamp. Soular will be launching a new one-for-one model today, through the sale of trendy backpacks on HSN in collaboration with Disney, alongside their new movie, Queen of Katwe, which is set in rural Uganda, where the kerosene lamp is central to the plot of the story.

Published on : 18 Oct 2016

Lupita Nyong’o Stuns on Latest Vogue Cover, Interview Earns Praise

Lupita Nyong’o is earning praise from Black social media users for a quote she made in a fashion magazine. The comment landed on the publication’s cover and caused many to see it as a welcome change in the industry. The Vogue magazine quote cements Nyong’o’s representation of African-Americans and minorities. “I want to create opportunities for people of color.” ...Forbes reported Nyong’o and the Soular Backpack team went to Katwe, Uganda with Disney after Queen of Katwe filming ended. There, they handed out the backpacks.

Published on : 18 Oct 2016

Flatbook rebrands as ‘Sonder,’ lands $10 million investment

Montreal’s Flatbook is rebranding as “Sonder” amid a large fundraising escapade that will see the startup bank $10 million. The startup formerly focused on providing premium short term rentals for travellers in select North American markets. With today’s announcement, Sonder will offer 500 “hometels,” which are places that possess the authenticity of peer-to-peer home rental along with the services of a hotel.

Published on : 18 Oct 2016

The new (non-tech) tech luminaries

Ms. Magdesian was frustrated. Then a researcher at McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute, she was having trouble with the spinal cord cells she was studying. The only way to grow them was in a petri dish, but the cells don’t grow in a dish in the same way they grow in the human body. Instead of growing straight, they get tangled. It made her work harder, slower and more prone to error.

Published on : 18 Oct 2016

Launch of the University Challenge Leverage Your Idea

Students, Foreign Students and University Graduates aged 18 to 35 invited to submit their business idea. 

Published on : 30 Sep 2016

Lancement du concours universitaire Le levier de ton idée

La Fondation Montréal inc. organise en collaboration avec les universités montréalaises, pour la deuxième année, le concours universitaire Le levier de ton idée, présenté par la Banque Nationale.

Published on : 30 Sep 2016

Succès accéléré pour une entreprise appuyée par un programme de McGill

Lancée l’an dernier, la jeune entreprise Key2Access peut déjà compter sur une expertise variée au sein même de la famille qui l’a fondée : Sarah est étudiante en droit à McGill, Sophie est diplômée en gestion internationale et leur père, Motaz, est ingénieur. C’est lui qui a conçu le produit de l’entreprise : une application destinée à rendre les passages piétons dotés d’un bouton d’appel plus faciles à traverser pour les personnes en fauteuil roulant ou aux prises avec une déficience visuelle.

Published on : 22 Sep 2016

Entrepreneurial courses for those who could use them the most

At McGill University, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sprouting up across campus, supported by the business school. Starting this month, students from five faculties (arts, science, engineering, music, and agriculture and environmental sciences) can pursue minors in entrepreneurship, with finance, accounting, marketing and other business fundamentals taught by professors from the Desautels Faculty of Management.

Published on : 02 Sep 2016