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Catching up with the McGill Dobson Centre

McGill students and alumni alike cannot say enough about the important impact that the McGill Dobson Centre’s programming has had on taking their big ideas to the next level.

From its X-1 Accelerator and Lean Startup programs, to its annual Dobson Cup competition, hear about the successes of those who have benefitted from the Dobson Centre.

Published: 4 Sep 2018

Dobson Cup participant disrupts the disrupters

2014 McGill Dobson Cup participant, Sonder, aims to bring together the very best of Airbnb and hotel experiences – and many are seeing the appeal.

In just four years, Sonder has attracted the attention of top venture capital firms that have invested over $135 million and has served more than 200,000 guests.

Published: 24 Aug 2018

McGill Student Team NutriPulse wins third place at 2018 Food Security Social Innovation Challenge

By Nii Addy

At the 2018 Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) held in Toronto on July 12, 2018, McGill team NutriPulse was adjudged the third place winner among eight finalists, with a $10,000 cash prize.

Published: 26 Jul 2018

Invivo.AI wins big at Startupfest 2018

McGill Dobson Cup winners and Lean Startup participants Invivo.AI were awarded the Best of the Fest $100,000 Pitch Prize at Startupfest 2018, ushering in a new chapter for the Montreal-based startup whose digital platform optimizes the development and approval of pharmaceutical drugs.

Published: 20 Jul 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

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.

Read more in The Dobson Chronicles

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.

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.

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.

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.

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