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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.

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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.

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Published: 6 Jan 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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....

Published: 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.”

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Published: 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.

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Published: 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.

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Published: 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. 

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Published: 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.

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Published: 30 Sep 2016

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