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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

John Dobson Foundation donates $2 million to support entrepreneurship at McGill

Montreal, Quebec, July 18, 2017 - The John Dobson Foundation has announced a donation of $2 million – its largest gift to McGill yet – to fund the McGill X-1 Accelerator program run by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. The gift will support the X-1 program, now in its third year, as it grows to support and promote entrepreneurship across McGill.

Published: 18 Jul 2017

McGill X-1 Accelerator: fifth week at a glance

Product Development was the overall theme for week five of the McGill X-1 Accelerator. On the agenda was a talk by GrandeSlam Product VP Saad Benryane on adopting a customer-centric approach, followed by a networking talk by Desautels Director of Advancement Alexander King.

Published: 18 Jul 2017

A conversation with McGill Dobson judge Alexandra Conliffe

Alexandra Conliffe was a judge for the semi-final round of the 2017 McGill Dobson Cup’s Social Enterprise track. She is the Policy Innovation Director for the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and used to be VP Operations for Engineers Without Borders Canada.

Published: 11 Jul 2017

2018 McGill Dobson Cup schedule announced

Budding startups all over McGill will be delighted to see that the schedule for next year’s McGill Dobson Cup is out.

As they do every year, startups will be competing across four categories: Innovation Driven Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, Social Enterprise, and Health Sciences.

Teams need to have at least one founder with a McGill connection; be it a student, staff or faculty member, or a recent graduate.

Published: 11 Jul 2017

McGill X-1 Accelerator: second week at a glance

Week 2 of the McGill X-1 Accelerator is done! From an opening session with serial entrepreneur Luc Giguere, the week progressed through a second look at Bill Aulet’s Disciplined Entrepreneurship; then design thinking with Juniper founder Mike Ross (MBA'11) who discussed a five-step approach, plus the value of in-depth customer interviews.

Published: 21 Jun 2017

McGill X-1 Accelerator: first week at a glance

Week 1 of the 10-week 2017 McGill X-1 Accelerator has come and gone. As participants readied their startups for the journey to investment and launch, they got to know the program and each other, as well as Bill Aulet’s seminal book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, which will be their roadmap through the program.

Published: 15 Jun 2017

John Dobson Medal awarded to CEO of Resolute Forest Products

Richard Garneau has long been an advocate for Canada’s forestry industry, and now the Resolute CEO is being recognized for it with the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise.

In the words of Michel Kelly-Gagnon, CEO of the Montreal Economic Institute that awards the medal every year, “We look for individuals who are vocal in their defence of the free market,” and concludes that “This year’s winner is one hell of a fighter.”

Published: 29 May 2017

Dobson Cup winners turn food waste into gourmet mushrooms

Myco-Rise is a Montreal-area startup that uses food waste and vermicomposting to grow gourmet mushrooms for local restaurants and individuals.

The company definitely marches to its own drum: while other startup founders might dream of geographical expansion right out of the gate, Myco-Rise is consolidating its position as a Montreal-specific mushroom supplier, planning instead to expand into modular production, medicinal mushrooms, and maybe even mushroom beer.

Published: 23 May 2017