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Witness the pitches from Demo Days 2018

Montreal, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, and NYC – the McGill Dobson Centre has spent much of the fall on the road for McGill Demo Days and the pitches are not to be missed.

Take a moment to watch some of McGill’s most promising startups in action.

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Published: 5 Nov 2018

Entr: A startup that investors are noticing

Montreal-based event planning platform Entr has successfully raised $1.3 million in seed funding from major serial investors who are seeing the value of their initiative.

Last year, Entr secured first place at the McGill Dobson Cup and were participants in this year’s Dobson Demo Days.

Published: 18 Oct 2018

McGill University recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship support

According to the 2018-2019 Pitchbook, McGill University is ranked 29th among 50 world universities producing VC-backed entrepreneurs. On a national level, McGill places 2nd in Canada and 1st in Quebec.

McGill has successfully trained 330 entrepreneurs and has supported the development of 304 companies that have raised $7.06 billion in capital.

Published: 10 Oct 2018

McGill is named home of the Hult

McGill University has been selected to host a local edition of the Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition for the creation of new social enterprises.

The annual Hult Prize awards one million dollars in start-up funding to the student team that develops the most radical and breakthrough idea to solve one of our world’s toughest social challenges.

Published: 4 Oct 2018

Shining a light on Centech

Montreal’s Centech, one of Canada’s oldest incubators that focuses on hardware and deep tech, has remained relatively unknown. And yet they have been instrumental in growing the business of numerous startup ventures, including McGill Dobson Cup winners Saccade Analytics.

Published: 2 Oct 2018

Dobson Demo Days: Montreal highlights

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship kicked off its 2018 series of Demo Days in Montreal on September 13, welcoming 600 spectators who were treated to the very best of McGill’s leaps in innovation. Discover the eight startup teams and their next big idea.

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Published: 24 Sep 2018

A glowing victory at HEC case competition

MONTREAL, Quebec. On the evening of the HEC Social Business Creation competition, McGill start-up Kajou delivered, coming home with the First place prize of $15,000 for their business venture. Their business makes apple juice – with the apple of the cashew tree.

Published: 21 Sep 2018

Remembering Angela Burlton

It is with sadness that the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship announces the passing of Angela Burlton, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting on July 12, 2018.

Published: 19 Jul 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.

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.”

Published: 16 May 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.

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.

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.

Published: 11 Apr 2018

Taiga motors will soon shake up snowmobile industry

Taiga Motors, founded by McGill Engineering grads and winners of the McGill Dobson Cup, is preparing to launch the very first electric snowmobile — a vehicle that can go from zero to 95 kilometers per hour in three seconds and boasts zero emissions.

The company has already collected a few hundred preorders, with hopes to reach 1,000 by the end of the summer.

Published: 20 Mar 2018