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Key tips from Dobson’s Startup Financials Workshop

On February 7, the McGill Dobson Centre hosted a Startup Financials Workshop to expose this year’s McGill Dobson Cup teams to the basics of Finance that will serve them well as they advance to the finals.

The presentation was led by Rabih Atallah – Senior Manager, Commercial Banking, SME Market (National Bank), as well as by Anthony Ferrara – Senior Manager and Market Lead, Life Sciences and Health, Business Banking (National Bank).

Published: 13 Feb 2018

And the Dobson Cup semi-finalists are

After receiving many compelling applications, the list has been narrowed down to 84 startup teams who will have a chance at advancing to the final round of the 2018 McGill Dobson Cup powered by National Bank.

The finals of the Dobson Cup are scheduled for March 28.

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Published: 29 Jan 2018

Marketing Campaign: Who's behind Desautels?

How can food help narrow the social divide in our cities?

Learn more about how Desautels students are behind some of the most meaningful social enterprises.

Published: 25 Jan 2018

Helpful advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

The Dobson Chronicles interviews Yves Guillaume A. Messy, a Political Science student and the Founder of the insurance startup QGS Technologies Ltd., on his background, company, entrepreneurship and the interesting influences in his life.

Starting with an early interest in global affairs and engineering, Yves taught himself programming and translated learned political science models into Big Data and Artificial Intelligence-related analytics.

Published: 16 Jan 2018

Dobson opens new space to propel entrepreneurship

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has inaugurated a collaborative space where members of McGill’s startup ecosystem can come together and work on their early stage projects.

Located at 3430 McTavish, the space is available on a drop-in basis every weekday between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

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Published: 29 Nov 2017

Recapping Dobson’s Demo Days 2017

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has wrapped up its series of Demo Days this fall. Mirroring the growth of its X-1 Accelerator program, the locations of this year’s Demo Days have also expanded to include New York City and Toronto, in addition to the usual Montreal, Boston, and San Francisco destinations.

Published: 16 Nov 2017

X-1 Accelerator: Tailor-made to grow entrepreneurs

Natasha Saviuk, BSc'12, a doctoral student at McGill, and Shonezi Noor, BCom'14, had the same target audience in mind when they pitched startup ideas at McGill's Dobson Cup. They joined forces and today, with the support of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, their startup Will + Zack has clients in Canada and the U.S., and they've only just begun.

Published: 8 Nov 2017

The medical startup and how to take it to the next level

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship recently invited two McGill startups, Dialysave and MYOVUE, to share their insights as successful medical startups, including the story of their founding and the impressive progress they have made under the guidance of the Dobson Centre.

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Published: 7 Nov 2017

Who commercialized the world’s first electric snowmobile?

Desautels is behind some of the country’s most innovative startups

Taiga Motors, founded by McGill graduates Gabriel Bernatchez (Beng'16), Sam Bruneau (Beng'15) and Paul Achard (Beng'14), have developed the world’s first electric snowmobile, eliciting interest and enthusiasm from local and international snowmobilers and investors alike.

Published: 25 Oct 2017

Dobson Centre explores the future and emergent technologies

On October 18, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship hosted its third workshop of the fall season, which focused on the technological innovations that are shaking up the business world.

The two invited guest speakers were Matthew Boerum from Audible Reality, winner of the 2017 McGill Dobson Cup, and Yves Guillaume A. Messy, founder of insurance startup QGS Technologies Ltd.

Published: 25 Oct 2017

McGill-Notman partnership takes McGill startups one step further

Established under the McGill Innovation Collective, the McGill-Notman partnership offers short-term residencies to startup cofounders affiliated with McGill either as students, alumni, or as staff or researchers.

Published: 11 Oct 2017

Dobson Demo Days take McGill innovations on the road

This year’s McGill X-1 Accelerator program has culminated with a series of Demo Days designed to give participants the opportunity to deliver their refined business pitches to McGill alumni and potential investors. In addition to Montreal, McGill’s budding entrepreneurs have made their way to Boston and San Francisco, with additional Demo Days planned for Toronto and New York in October.

Published: 26 Sep 2017

McGill Dobson Centre Associate Director interviewed on PNR podcast

McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship Associate Director Renjie Butalid appeared on the PNR podcast to talk about his development as an entrepreneur, and how it led to his current position.

Published: 7 Sep 2017

McGill Dobson Cup participants win Next Canada award for their insomnia solution

With their revolutionary earplugs, Kristina Pearkes (BEng’17) and Sean Kaiser (BEng’17) aim to end insomnia without medication. The duo is the brains behind Orbityl, the company that just received Next Canada’s Outstanding Next 36 Venture Award. The Next 36 is a young-entrepreneur accelerator run by Next Canada, which offers seed capital as well as mentorship opportunities.

Published: 17 Aug 2017

McGill X-1 Accelerator: seventh week at a glance

Week seven of the McGill X-1 Accelerator was all about two things: Announcing a transformative $2 million gift from the John Dobson Foundation, and setting up for the upcoming Demo Days.

Published: 2 Aug 2017