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McGill Dobson Cup names 2020 semi-finalists

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has announced the semi-finalists in the upcoming McGill Dobson Cup 2020, powered by National Bank. The semifinal pitches will take place from February 11–12, before the final pitches on March 30.

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Published: 29 Jan 2020

McGill unicorn Sonder sets its sights on Montreal

McGill unicorn and hospitality startup Sonder has reserved premises in downtown Montreal as it makes plans to set up shop in Canada. If the move is successful, this could bring more than 500 jobs to the city within three years.

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Published: 18 Dec 2019

Recap of McGill Startup Tour 2019

The McGill Startup Tour (formerly Demo Days) is about developing the McGill entrepreneurship ecosystem, showcasing the success’ of our start-ups, and promoting our highly beneficial program.

The tight-knit program was centered on three elements

Published: 29 Nov 2019

Dobson Centre sits among world’s best university business incubators

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has secured a spot in UBI Global’s Top 20 University Business Incubators for 2019–20.

According to UBI Global, the universities that made the list surpass their global peers in regard to the value they provide their innovation ecosystems and client startup programs.

Published: 11 Nov 2019

McGill University’s Dobson Cup receives $4-million contribution from National Bank

The contribution will support the University’s flagship startup competition and provide additional seed funding for student entrepreneurs

The Dobson Cup, McGill University’s flagship startup competition and fertile training ground for students and professors with bold business dreams, has received a significant financial injection on its 10th anniversary in the form of a $4-million contribution from National Bank, one of its long-time supporters.

Published: 19 Nov 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

Guess who was on Dragon's Den last week?

Chic Marie - 3rd place winner of the McGill Dobson Cup 2015 - was on Dragon's Den last week!

If you want to learn how to negotiate like a boss and strike the perfect balance between conveying your story yet keeping it concise, look no further. Watch how Marie persuades the Dragons to give her what she wants.

Published: 20 Mar 2018

Dobson Cup semi-finalist is leading the way in sustainable fashion

For Tessa Battistin, founder of Asset Designs and former Dobson Cup semi-finalist, knowing how your clothes are made is just as important as knowing where your food is coming from.

This belief, coupled with her passion for design, is what prompted her to take her sustainable fashion business to the next level.

Battistin’s garments are made with materials that are 100 per cent fair wage and fair labor abroad, or from materials made in Canada.

Published: 7 Mar 2018

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