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Social Media for Startups: a workshop to build from

At the last of this season’s McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship workshops, participants were treated to an in-depth understanding of what social media can do for startups. The workshop, led in part by Desautels Marketing and Communications Coordinator Véronique Beaulieu-Fowler, delved into best practices for solidifying a company’s online presence....

Published: 30 Mar 2017

GroundIt’s CEO on her entrepreneurial journey

Business partners Audrey Bolduc and Mitalie Makhani won the 2015 Dobson Cup with their pitch to make fertilizer from used coffee grounds. Now CEO of GroundIt, Ms. Bolduc returns to judge the 2017 Dobson Cup....

Published: 21 Mar 2017

New financial skills workshop at McGill Dobson Centre

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship’s recent Startup Financials workshop gave attendees a solid basis from which to build out financial projections, which can be the weakest link in many business plans. Expert presenters included pros from White Star Capital, Appetite (Honorable Mention at the 2016 Dobson Cup), and of course, National Bank.

Published: 16 Mar 2017

Dobson Cup hopefuls: 40 startups through to 2017 finals

The Semi-finals of the McGill Dobson Cup 2017 powered by National Bank are over, and of the 121 teams that competed, 40 of them are still standing....

Published: 23 Feb 2017

L’Oréal and the McGill Dobson Cup announce new award

For 2017, the McGill Dobson Cup powered by National Bank will feature a new prize!...

Published: 7 Feb 2017

McGill startups move to semi-finals at Dobson Cup

From 136 initial submissions, 121 startups are moving on to the semi-finals at the 2017 McGill Dobson Cup powered by National Bank. Each team competing for the $100,000 in seed funding fall into one of four tracks: “Innovation Driven Enterprise,” “Health Sciences,” “Small & Medium Enterprise” and “Social Enterprise.” Semi-Finalists will be pitching to judges and mentors from February 14 to 17.

Published: 2 Feb 2017

Selling textbooks without the hassle of the haggle

As the new semester rolls in, so does a new textbook-exchanging app. Venndor, founded by recent McGill graduates Anthony Heinrich, Julien Marlatt and Tynan Davis, is a classifieds app with the goal of helping students buy and sell textbooks without the need for haggling or negotiating prices.

Published: 18 Jan 2017

Design to benefit the world: This solar-powered backpack improves health and education

After moving to Montreal to attend McGill University, Visram designed the Soular Backpack to help tackle one of the "multitude of problems related to education of children in Kenya." Many children in Kenya live in homes without electricity and must use harmful kerosene lamps to study at night. The Soular Backpack has a solar panel on it which charges a portable LED lamp inside of it, eliminating the need for kerosene.

Published: 6 Jan 2017

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

Fondation Montréal Inc. (montré 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: 1 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.

Published: 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: 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.

Published: 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.

Published: 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: 4 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....

Published: 25 Oct 2016