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Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together IT and healthcare professionals across the US-Canada border to collaborate, dream up & design apps for patient-centric care.

The first Windsor-Detroit Hacking Health was held at TechTown Detroit – an innovation hub just five minutes from the border in May, 2015. Building on that success Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit II crossed the border into Windsor May 13-15, 2016 which was held at the Toldo Health Education Centre at the University of Windsor.

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WEtech Is Graduating and Starting a New EPIC Journey

February 22, 2017

WEtech Alliance is graduating out of the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator.

The Regional Innovation Centre for Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent has spent five years at the Accelerator supporting the growth of tech companies as well as cultivating a community of innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

“Like many startups, WEtech Alliance found its strength and built its network of partnerships at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator,” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance. “It is time to yield that space to other startups that can benefit from such support”.

Arthur Barbut, Manager Director at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, says there are companies lining up to enter the Accelerator, which is a sign the local economy is gaining strength and that the Accelerator’s services are in demand.

“At its heart, the mission of the Accelerator is to incubate businesses, so in a way we are returning to our core mandate,” says Barbut. “But the partnership with WEtech will remain strong, and we remain proud of our role incubating a key business support organization for our region.”

As of March 1st, 2017, WEtech Alliance is moving their office to the Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre – EPICentre – at the University of Windsor (2455 Wyandotte St W. Windsor, Ontario), which is an on-campus entrepreneurship centre and business incubator for student start-ups.

WEtech will continue to work with tech and innovation businesses of all ages, all sectors and stages across our entire region, says Pilon, who looks forward to new possibilities.

“We are excited about the opportunity to strengthen WEtech’s partnership with the EPIcentre, the University of Windsor and the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation just next door”, she says.

The EPICentre – home to 9 incubator members and 17 discovery members – has engaged with more than 1,100 students in the past 6 months. EPICentre’s mission is more about engaging faculty and students and developing an entrepreneurial culture/skillsets on campus.

“We have collaborated with WEtech Alliance on a number of initiatives and events, and we often support the same startups along their journey to commercialization,” says Executive Director Dr. Francine Schlosser. “Our strengths and resources complement each other nicely and that benefits companies in our region”.

WEtech Alliance works with over 125 clients representing sectors such as manufacturing, clean tech, advanced health, agriculture and digital media and ICT.

WEtech Alliance Provides Over $5,000 in Funding through the WINnovation Fund to Two of Its Portfolio Companies

Marc Mckale, President of Innovative Distilling Technologies Inc. accepts the WINnovation Fund cheque from WEtech Alliance Entrepreneur-in-Residence Deborah Livneh

 

WEtech is pleased to announce that it has provided direct dollars through the WINnovation Fund totaling $5,500 to two of its clients. Formerly known as the Regional Advisory Service Fund (RASF), startup related activities undertaken by clients included specialized service provider support, search engine optimization, product development, and marketing/communications activities.

The Q2 recipients include:

  • Simplifly is a business that provides customers with an email list that connects people with mistake airfares. For more information, visit www.simpliflyclub.com.
  • Innovative Distilling Technologies has developed a Barrel Cap device used for the matured spirits industry. Has applied for Provisional Patent application. The device can greatly assist with the processes of emptying and refilling the barrels for maturing.

The WINnovation Fund is supported by the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). The ONE is made up of regional and sector focused organizations that WEtech Alliance is proud to represent for the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent Regions and is designed to help Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their companies to facilitate job creation.

Quotes

“It was a pleasure to meet with the WEtech Alliance team and have the opportunity to present our business plan. This funding will allow us to move forward with our business development and concentrate on our next business milestone. On behalf of Dan and myself,  we thank you for your interest and support with this endeavor.” Mark McKale, President – Innovative Distilling Technologies.

Thom Malone of Simplifly accepts the WINnovation Fund cheque from WEtech Alliance President and CEO Yvonne Pilon

WEtech Alliance Launches Social Innovation Toolkit

Windsor, ON – A new toolkit has been launched to help foster social innovation across Windsor-Essex.
This first-of-its-kind toolkit will provide information for non-profits and entrepreneurs wanting to create innovative new products, services or approaches that address social challenges.
The comprehensive toolkit includes:

Social Enterprises have been recognized as an important social innovation tool by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, which launched a social enterprise strategy to accelerate their growth.

The more than 10,000 social enterprises already in Ontario are helping reduce poverty, protect the environment, build stronger communities and create jobs.

“We are very excited to provide these tools to entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations,” states Yvonne Pilon, President & CEO WEtech Alliance. “These resources will help inform and ignite even more innovation across our region.”

The Social Innovation Toolkit is one of several programs of the Windsor-Essex Social Innovation Project, funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Interested in learning more about Social Innovation? For a presentation, please contact:
Cathy Mombourquette
Project Manager, Social innovation

WEtech Alliance Welcomes Social Innovation Advisor Adam Frye

Adam Frye, Social Innovation Advisor

WEtech Alliance is pleased to welcome Adam Frye to the team as Social Innovation Advisor.

Over the past 5 years Adam has worked extensively in the startup space in Waterloo and Toronto, both as an early employee in a high growth social enterprise, as well as a startup coach and mentor for young entrepreneurs. His values can be summed up in 3 quick sentences. Find your passion. Relentlessly pursue it. Help others to do the same.

Adam brings a wealth of hands on experience from working inside a high growth startup, specifically the social enterprise, Textbooks for Change. Adam’s role as the Director of Business Development at Textbooks for Change role was to develop unique growth strategies to hit their expansion targets, while at the same time coaching and leading their quickly expanding sales team. Over the last two years Textbooks for Change has grown from 4 employees to 16, had revenues of over 2M, and grown their partner base 300%.

As a startup coach and mentor Adam has helped startups go from product market fit to closing that first, 100th, and 1000th deal.  His goal is always to help build repeatable and sustainable systems and back end processes that allow young startups to blossom into thriving companies. He has participated in, and has been a part of designing several high end accelerators, including Impact 8, Ascent, the Laurier LaunchPad, Greenhouse, among a few others. Tangible, is the best way to describe Adam’s coaching philosophy.


WEtech Launches CANnovation Project in Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary

Last May, the Governor General of Canada – Rt. Hon. David Johnston – boldly stated in a Globe and Mail op-ed that “in a nation of innovators, it’s time to foster a culture of innovation”.

We agree.

On the 150th anniversary of the birth of another great idea – Canada – we celebrate the stories of 150 Canadian innovations and innovators from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

We invite all Canadians to submit their favourite inventions or innovators – or the ones hailing from their hometowns – to be posted as part of the CANnovation Project.

Submissions can be sent to info@wetech-alliance.com (subject line: CANnovation) or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #CANnovation.

The CANnovation Project will be posted at Instagram.com/CANnovation and in our CANnovation album on Facebook.

WEtech Hosts Libro at Downtown Accelerator

WEtech Alliance was delighted to host Lori Atkinson – Regional Manager, Essex Kent for Libro Credit Union – at the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator.

Lori had the opportunity to tour the accelerator and meet with several of the companies that call the Accelerator home – such as Witeck, Grasshopper, A1 Fingerprinting, Rivera Building Maintenance.

As well, Lori was introduced to WEtech Alliance clients Powerball Technologies, Eat DrinX and 3DFX – and tried out their innovative products and services including virtual and augmented reality.

More than just a home for business – Lori had the opportunity to chat with the Enactus group of students from the Odette School of Business who run the City Thrive program that provides entrepreneurial support for Windsor residents on social assistance.

In addition – Lori got a chance to test out her three-point range with the Windsor Express.

All in all – an excellent morning that strengthened the growing partnership between Libro Credit Union, WEtech Alliance and the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator.

Last but certainly not least  – the application for the Libro StartUP program will go live within the next week!  Announcement coming soon – so check back with us.