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Recapping the McGill X-1: Week 3

The 2018 McGill X-1 Accelerator program is already in full swing.

Wrapping up its third week, participants learnt the ins and outs of: the business model canvas, startup lifecycles, networking, and how to liaise with a board of directors – elements that will be crucial to their success as emerging businesses.

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Published: 26 Jun 2018

Marking five years since Lac-Mégantic tragedy

­­­­­Five years since the train derailment that destroyed the downtown of Lac-Mégantic, Bernard d’Arche, McGill Dobson Cup winner and Director of the region’s entrepreneurship centre, reflects on the rebuilding efforts and the progress made toward revitalizing its industries, stating that the recent momentum is palpable.   

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Published: 26 Jun 2018

Desautels and FAES interdisciplinary research with McGill food startup and Montreal community organization highlighted at the 2018 Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI)

Joëlle Rondeau, Research Assistant, McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE)

As part of C2 Montreal, the 2018 Montreal Summit on Innovation (MSI) showcased the social impacts of 10 collaborative research projects through an interactive circuit on May 23.

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Published: 20 Jun 2018

Takeaways from a marketing guru and Dobson Cup judge

Tylenol, Band-Aid, and Neutrogena are just some of the brands that Jill Selick (BCom’02), Founder of Rubix Marketing and McGill Dobson Cup judge has helped market.

She sits down with The Dobson Chronicles to share the insights she has gathered from her career so far, including some advice for fresh graduates.

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Published: 18 Jun 2018

Insights from Dobson Cup judge Debra Margles

With over three decades of experience working in the fashion industry, Debra Margles, President of Michael Kors Canada and McGill Dobson Cup judge, shares some words of wisdom about company growth, day-to-day operations, and how to stay ahead of the competition. 

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Published: 13 Jun 2018

Entrepreneurs on a mission to improve mental health

An article in Les Affaires sheds light on some of the innovative startups, including those affiliated with the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, which aim to treat symptoms of depression and other mental health issues.

One such venture includes a mobile application that allows users to monitor their level of anxiety as a means of proactively coping with manic episodes or depression.

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Published: 11 Jun 2018

Dobson Cup winners score on Dragon’s Den Quebec

2018 McGill Dobson Cup winners, Entr, made an appearance on Dragon’s Den Quebec where they put their negotiating skills to the test.

Through a calm demeanor and thoughtful counteroffering, the duo, comprised of BCom student Marc-Antoine Bonin, was able to clinch a deal that will take their startup to the next level.

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Published: 4 Jun 2018

The future of power sports is sustainable

Taiga motor founders tapped into a burgeoning market for cleaner alternatives to snowmobiles at just the right time. The Dobson Cup winner sits down with McGill News to share the latest on their growing popularity and plans for rollout. 

On the agenda is extending the snowmobile’s battery life, a product launch for the general public in 2020, and translating their technology to other power sport applications.

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Published: 24 May 2018

Cimpl chairman on his career and motivation

Jeff Speak, Chairman at Cimpl and long-time Dobson Cup judge, reflects on the people and formative moments in his life that led him to pursue a career in entrepreneurship.

In his present role, he is adamant about the importance of listening when making key decisions.

As he says, “You become wiser when you don’t talk. By listening, you can get more data points to help you make your decisions.”

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Published: 16 May 2018

Upwards and onwards...Another successful year at the McGill Dobson Cup!

On the 5th of April, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship was once again alive and vibrant with the culmination of the McGill Dobson Cup 2018 powered by National Bank and the announcement of the year’s winners. This year, 84 teams competed in the Semi-Finals round with the top 40 teams moving forward into the Finals on March 28th 2018.

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Published: 8 May 2018

Meet the 2018 Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize Winner

By Joëlle Rondeau, Research Assistant, McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics

The McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) at the Desautels Faculty of Management, together with the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) and Trussbridge, are proud to announc...

Published: 27 Apr 2018

McGill Food Startups Connecting with Montreal’s Food and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

By Joëlle Rondeau, Research Assistant, McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics

On the evening of March 21, 2018, McGill students and entrepreneurs from diverse horizons gathered at Esplanade, a collaborative space dedicated to entrepreneurship and social innovation in Montreal’s Mile-Ex neighbourhood.

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Published: 27 Apr 2018

Taiga Motors takes the carbon footprint out of snowmobiling

Winner of the 2016 McGill Dobson Cup, Taiga Motors, is busier than ever these days. As they prepare to release the world's first electric snowmobile in 2019, their zero-emission product is sure to revolutionize the popular winter activity.  

Taiga Motors co-founder, Samuel Bruneau is adamant that the tech will soon make it a perfect recreation tool, envisioning trailside chargers for tour operators and at warming huts and cabins.

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Published: 25 Apr 2018

Lufa Farms brings the garden to your table

A decade ago, McGill Dobson Cup participants Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell set out to change the way that Montrealers get their fresh produce through their innovative venture, Lufa Farms.

Since then, they have grown to a 200-person operation and have attracted the attention of many, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who toured Lufa's newest greenhouse in the Montreal suburb of Anjou.

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Published: 25 Apr 2018

Presenting the 2018 McGill Dobson Cup Winners

This year’s McGill Dobson Cup finals saw 40 teams from across the University competing for a portion of over $100,000 in seed funding.

As in the past, the startups were competing across four tracks: Social Enterprise, Health Sciences, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise, which ensured a wide diversity of ideas.

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Published: 11 Apr 2018

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