Entrepreneurship

An innovative new mobile app called Ubenwa uses artificial intelligence to analyze the sound of a newborn baby’s cries. Founded by Charles Onu, a doctoral student in Computer Science at McGill, Ubenwa provides a cost-effective, non-invasive tool to detect newborn asphyxia and save lives.

Onu credits the 2016 McGill Dobson Cup competition with helping his team to improve their product.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, mcgill dobson cup
Published on: 13 Jan 2021

Sonder, one of the first unicorn startups from the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship community, is partnering with Investissement Québec (IQ) to build a centre for global growth in Montreal. The project will create more than 700 jobs to support Sonder’s mission to provide next-generation hospitality in 35 cities around the world.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 16 Dec 2020

On December 1st the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship celebrated Entrepreneur’s Day in the U.S. by hosting a panel of notable New York City entrepreneurs and investors. It was a lively discussion that focused on their passion for entrepreneurship, which they shared with an audience of startup founders, students, alumni and industry professionals. Learn more

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 10 Dec 2020

A McGill-born event platform startup has found a way to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and raise venture financing in hopes of returning to in-person events in 2021. Co-founded by Desautels alumnus Marc-Antoine Bonin (BCom’19) and Emeric Noël, Planned offers a unique tool for event planners to connect with a curated list of venues and suppliers in one place. This week, Planned announced that it had raised $4.7 million in venture financing led by Inovia Capital, with participation from Telegraph Hill Capital and N49P, bringing its total capital raised to $7 million.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, mcgill dobson cup, BCom Alumni, Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), covid-19
Published on: 7 Dec 2020

Off the Grid, a participant in the McGill Dobson Centre’s 2020 X-1 Accelerator, was recently named “Startup of the Year” at the Quebec Gala des Prix de l’innovation.

Co-founded by Sébastien Brunelle-Jestin and Charles Couture-Lebrun, Off the Grid creates smart fitness equipment that harnesses energy generated during exercise to help power fitness centres.

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Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 27 Nov 2020

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship recently launched its first virtual New York City Retail Startup Tour with the goal of connecting Dobson entrepreneurs to key players in the New York investment community. Planned in collaboration with the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation du Québec, the flagship event is already creating new business opportunities for participating startups.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 27 Nov 2020

Desautels alumni Jonnie Lawson (BCom’19) and Tristan Zeman (BCom’17) are hard at work to make sustainable, year-round produce accessible to Canadians through indoor vertical farms. Over the summer, their innovative hydroponic growing system won first place at the annual McGill Dobson Cup start-up competition. As they expand into a larger growing facility in Montreal, they’re not slowing down anytime soon.

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Classified as: Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), BCom Alumni, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, mcgill dobson cup
Published on: 19 Nov 2020

As a student at McGill, Dev Jain (BEng’19) launched a company aimed at introducing North America’s 650 railways to industry-disrupting innovation. This year, RailVision Analytics won first place in the Innovation Driven Enterprise category of the McGill Dobson Cup. Now, Jain aspires to raise more than $1 million to commercialize and expand his business.

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Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, mcgill dobson cup
Published on: 19 Nov 2020

McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship startup Sensequake (McGill X-1 Accelerator 2015) has been recognized as one of the top inventions in Quebec in 2020.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, McGill X-1 Accelerator
Published on: 9 Oct 2020

McGill University has been named in the top 25 undergraduate programs for female founders in the 2020 PitchBook University rankings.

Classified as: mcgill dobson, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 24 Sep 2020

The pandemic has created many challenges for small businesses, but McGill University’s startup incubator has been given a boost thanks to a generous $3-million gift from the John Dobson Foundation.

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship’s Academic Director Marie-Josée Lamothe and Dobson alumna Ophelia Sarakinis join CTV News to share how startups are finding ways to adapt and thrive through the COVID-19 crisis, and how the gift will help get more startups off the ground during a time of economic uncertainty.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Marie Josée Lamothe
Published on: 21 Jul 2020

Despite an economic downturn that brought the travel industry to a near standstill, Dobson Cup participant and McGill’s first unicorn Sonder has raised US$170-million to stay ahead of the curve.

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Classified as: mcgill dobson cup, McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship
Published on: 26 Jun 2020

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications for the 2020 X-1 Accelerator program. The X-1 Accelerator is a world-class program designed to accelerate early traction McGill startups towards investment readiness and launch. This year, the 10-week intensive program will be held virtually.

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, McGill X-1 Accelerator
Published on: 7 May 2020

After two days of deliberation, 32 teams have been selected to compete in final round of the McGill Dobson Cup, powered by National Bank, on March 30, 2020.

Last week, 95 teams pitched their startups to 30 judges who were tasked with choosing eight finalists for each division: health sciences, social enterprises, small & medium enterprises, and innovation-driven enterprises.

Read more on The Dobson Chronicles

Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, mcgill dobson cup
Published on: 18 Feb 2020

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has announced the semi-finalists in the upcoming McGill Dobson Cup 2020, powered by National Bank. The semifinal pitches will take place from February 11–12, before the final pitches on March 30.

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Classified as: McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, mcgill dobson cup
Published on: 29 Jan 2020

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