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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

Dobson Centre ranking attracts local attention

A recent technology news roundup published by La Presse includes the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship’s ranking by UBI Global as a highlight worth noting among local university start-up programs.

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Published: 5 Mar 2018

A sneak peak of world’s first electric snowmobile

Taiga Motors, founded by three McGill Engineering grads and winners of the McGill Dobson Cup, are gearing up to launch the first ever electric snowmobile, the Taiga TS2. They recently invited media to Mont-Tremblant to unveil their product prototype, which did not disappoint.

While Taiga continues to refine their design, the snowmobiles already have two major advantages over competitors: zero-emission and significantly less noise pollution.

Published: 5 Mar 2018

Taiga Motors on their founding and their future

In a recent interview, Taiga Motors, founded by three McGill Engineering grads and winners of the McGill Dobson Cup, sits down to talk about what spurred their electric snowmobile idea, its innovative design and the path to commercialization.

Following successful testing this past winter, Taiga is due to unveil the production model of its first electric snowmobile in the next couple of months and plans to begin delivery to customers in 2019.

Published: 1 Mar 2018

Presenting the 2018 Dobson Cup finalists

Following four consecutive days of pitches, the McGill Dobson Cup 2018 powered by National Bank has announced the 40 startup teams that are moving on to the finals on March 28, 2018.

Organized along the four tracks of: Health Sciences, Social Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise, the teams will be competing for $100,000 in seed funding that will be awarded across the tracks. 

Published: 1 Mar 2018

McGill Dobson Centre ranked among world’s top incubation programs

UBI Global has released its World University-linked Business Incubator and Accelerator Ranking and has placed the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship in the 8th position of the World Top Business Incubator – Managed by a University category.

Published: 23 Feb 2018

Entrepreneurship thrives on university campuses

A recent article in La Presse surveys university campuses across Montreal to explore how they are promoting and nurturing entrepreneurial pursuits, citing the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship as a prime example.

Published: 21 Feb 2018

Key tips from Dobson’s Startup Financials Workshop

On February 7, the McGill Dobson Centre hosted a Startup Financials Workshop to expose this year’s McGill Dobson Cup teams to the basics of Finance that will serve them well as they advance to the finals.

The presentation was led by Rabih Atallah – Senior Manager, Commercial Banking, SME Market (National Bank), as well as by Anthony Ferrara – Senior Manager and Market Lead, Life Sciences and Health, Business Banking (National Bank).

Published: 13 Feb 2018

And the Dobson Cup semi-finalists are

After receiving many compelling applications, the list has been narrowed down to 84 startup teams who will have a chance at advancing to the final round of the 2018 McGill Dobson Cup powered by National Bank.

The finals of the Dobson Cup are scheduled for March 28.

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Published: 29 Jan 2018

Helpful advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

The Dobson Chronicles interviews Yves Guillaume A. Messy, a Political Science student and the Founder of the insurance startup QGS Technologies Ltd., on his background, company, entrepreneurship and the interesting influences in his life.

Starting with an early interest in global affairs and engineering, Yves taught himself programming and translated learned political science models into Big Data and Artificial Intelligence-related analytics.

Published: 16 Jan 2018

Recapping Dobson’s Demo Days 2017

The McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship has wrapped up its series of Demo Days this fall. Mirroring the growth of its X-1 Accelerator program, the locations of this year’s Demo Days have also expanded to include New York City and Toronto, in addition to the usual Montreal, Boston, and San Francisco destinations.

Published: 16 Nov 2017

X-1 Accelerator: Tailor-made to grow entrepreneurs

Natasha Saviuk, BSc'12, a doctoral student at McGill, and Shonezi Noor, BCom'14, had the same target audience in mind when they pitched startup ideas at McGill's Dobson Cup. They joined forces and today, with the support of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, their startup Will + Zack has clients in Canada and the U.S., and they've only just begun.

Published: 8 Nov 2017

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