Lenovo Tech Wheels Comes to YQG

Want to see the latest technology innovations from Lenovo? The Lenovo Tech Wheels, a 48-foot mobile product showcase, is coming to Caboto Club on July 28th.

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Open House from 12pm to 4:00pm

Caboto Club
2175 Parent Avenue
Windsor, ON N8X 4K2

In partnership with Intel, Lenovo Tech Wheels features Lenovo’s latest Windows 10 line up from X1 Yoga to X1 Tablet, as well as the entire portfolio from servers and workstations to laptops, desktops and smartphones. From backend infrastructure and server solutions to traditional PCs and desktops, Lenovo Tech Wheels showcases the entire product solution portfolio, with Lenovo sales and technical experts available to answer any questions and help with making decisions.
Similar to a retail store, visit Tech Wheels to check out the latest product innovations and decide which solution is best for you or your customers’ needs.


For your chance to win Lenovo products, tweet a picture of Lenovo Tech Wheels using the hashtags #LenovoSweepstakes #LenovoTechWheels! We’ll randomly select lucky winners along the way!

Lend Your Voice: Building a Digital & Entrepreneurial Canada Survey

Startup Canada and Rogers have launched the final survey in this four-part series to identify the digital skills needed for SBOs to survive in tomorrow’s economy. We invite you to take 5 minutes to join us in this next step. By doing so, you will contribute to two final reports that will be presented to industry, government, and the entrepreneurship community at Startup Canada Day on the Hill in Ottawa and online this Autumn.

Complete the Survey for Your Chance to Win! 

Upon completing the survey, you will be eligible to redeem a 30% discount (valued at $35) for Startup Canada Day on the Hill and the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finaleboth taking place Oct. 19 in Ottawa. You will receive a discount code once we close the survey. You will also be entered to win:

1 free ticket to Startup Canada Day on the Hill  (Valued at $150)

1 free ticket to the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale (Valued at $250)


Tech Talks: Ransomware 101 with AlphaKOR Group


Over the last few months, international headlines have been dominated by stories of a massive global ransomware attack. The University of Calgary was victim to an attack this past year and ended up paying $20,000 to regain access to their own organizational data.

Ransomware enables criminals to extort money from organizations by holding their data ransom – this is one of the newest forms of cyber breaches and is becoming an increasing problem.

Join the AlphaKOR team over the lunch hour for an informative session that will go over how Ransonware works, the organizational impact to such a threat and how to prevent a future attack.

Date and Time

Wed, 19 July 2017
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM EDT


AlphaKOR Group
7800 Twin Oaks Dr
Windsor, ON N8N 5B6

Facts about Ransomware:

  • In 2016 nearly 50% of businesses were hit with Ransomware causing over $1 Billion in losses
  • When factoring in downtime and increased staff resources, the losses increase to more than $75 Billion
  • $209 Million has been reported in losses within the first 3 months of 2017
  • Ransomware emails spiked 6000% in 2016
  • 92% of surveyed IT firms reported attacks on their clients
  • Attacks are expected to DOUBLE in 2017

There is no cost to attend this event. Please feel free to bring your lunch along. Light snack and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited! Reserve your spot below.



Social Media Day celebrates social media’s impact on global communication, and Windsor is joining in on the fun on Friday, June 30th.

The Windsor Star, in partnership with WEtech Alliance, is proud to publish a special feature on Wednesday, June 28, to promote the businesses who are celebrating the occasion with the 7th annual Community Chalk Tweet. This year’s theme is Canada 150, and WEtech Alliance has joined forces with several Windsor-Essex municipalities, organizations, businesses and individuals to make this a fun community event open to all residents of our region.

This feature will appear in the Windsor Star, and will also be promoted on windsorstar.com’s Special Features section, as well as – of course! – shared socially with our tens of thousands of social media followers.


Wednesday, June 28 in the Windsor Star


End of day Friday, June 23rd.


OPTION 1 – Full Colour Ad 2 x 32 (1.9483” x 2.286”)
$125 for WEtech Alliance Members
$150 for non-WEtech Members

OPTION 2 – Full Colour Ad 10 x 40 (10.34” x 2.857”)
$600 for WEtech Alliance Members
$800 for non-WEtech Members


Please Contact: Anna Cabrera 519.255.5535 acabrera@postmedia.com

Click for image above to learn how we’re celebrating Social Media Day 2017!

Studio Y Fellowship Information Session – Windsor

WEtech Alliance & Studio Y will be co-hosting an information session at EPICentre UWindsor next Monday, June 19th from 12-1pm.

Studio Y is traveling across the province to engage young professionals and attract the next generation of Systems Leaders.

Studio Y is a part-time, flexible, and funded opportunity. This is an accessible program intended for all Ontarians where fellows meet at MaRS Discovery District for brief residencies throughout the year.

Ontario Scale-Up Vouchers Program

The Ontario Scale-Up Vouchers Program is a four-year, $32.4-million initiative funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Growth and the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, and delivered through MaRS, Communitech and Invest Ottawa.

Ontario-based firms in technology- or innovation-intensive industries earning $1 million to $50 million in annual revenue that meet the following criteria are candidates for this program:

  • Already experiencing a 20% annual growth rate in revenue, sales or employment (for the most recent financial year); and/or
  • Have secured private investment of at least $2 million in the previous two years

Together: An Exhibition on Global Development Coming to #YQG May 18 & 20

Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s award winning mobile exhibition. Together: An exhibition on global development is a free, innovative mobile exhibition for all ages.  The exhibition is travelling across the country stimulating conversation about Canada’s role in reducing global poverty. Visitors are invited to climb aboard and explore a custom-built truck with 1,000 square feet of exhibition space.

In partnership with Global Affairs Canada, Aga Khan Foundation Canada has welcomed 40,000 visitors to the Together exhibition. With new stories and displays, the Together exhibition will tour for its third year in 2017 as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary, celebrating Canada’s leadership in promoting a more peaceful, prosperous, equal, and pluralist world for all.

The exhibition provides an exciting opportunity for members of your community to come out and learn more about Canada’s role in reducing poverty and how they can get involved as global citizens. Please visit our website (www.akfc.ca/together) and watch our short two minute video for more information.

We invite you to come visit the exhibition and hope you enjoy your experience!

 May 18
L’Essor High School
13605 St Gregory’s Road, Tecumseh, ON
Thu 3:00 am – 5:00 pm

May 20
Windsor’s 125th Birthday Celebration
78 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, ON
Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm



Downtown Mission Social Enterprise: Now Recruiting

The Downtown Mission’s Enterprise Program is recruiting for students to participate in their new 40-Day Job-Readiness Training Program. The program includes classroom teaching and support, 5 Certifications and on-the-job training as well a special Downtown Mission Workplace Readiness Certificate.

Graduates will be placed with a Partner Employer in the Windsor-Essex Community for 3 months where they will continue to learn the skills of their chosen trade with the mentorship and support of the Enterprise Program Coordinator. As well, successful graduates will receive a monetary stipend at the end of their program.

Program will begin either May 15 or May 22 with interviews taking place Wednesday May 10 and Thursday May 11.

Request for Proposals: Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Website

The Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce is seeking a WordPress site redesign that is mobile-friendly. The redesign of the site will provide for the professional image of the Chamber to be communicated visually through a clean and fresh design.

The Chamber is seeking submissions and proposals outlining how your company would create a high-quality, professional website able to manage extensive information. The scope of the Request for Proposal document is to solicit proposals offering web design to come up with a straightforward solution to manage online content including such items as events, media releases, news, photos, and published policy issues, all the while fully integrating the site into different means of social networking.

For more information, please download the PDF document here. If you have any questions, contact Lindsey at lrivait@windsoressexchamber.org.

Let’s Hear Your Voice Windsor-Essex!

You’re invited to participate in the 4th annual WindsorEssex Community Foundation Vital Signs Survey.

Vital Signs is a community report that combines national, provincial, and local data, with residents’ views on important local issues. This report acts as a catalyst to engage our community in the on-going dialogue about who we are, what we do, why we do it, and where it can lead.

Who is the WindsorEssex Community Foundation (WECF)?
The WECF is a leader in philanthropy – we help to build a better Windsor-Essex by attracting and managing legacy funds, making grants to support local charities and programs, and bringing community partners together.

Purpose of the Vital Signs Survey
The purpose of the Vital Signs survey is to collect data of Windsor-Essex residents’ views of issues affecting their community. The results from this survey are combined with other data to create an all-encompassing report for our region.

Neighbourhood Small Business Grant

A new partnership between Small Business Centre and United Way Windsor-Essex will award four $5,000 grants in United Way priority neighbourhoods across Windsor and Essex County.

United Way currently funds four neighbourhood engagement programs and an integral part of neighbourhood revival is thriving small businesses within communities. As a natural evolution of these efforts, the grants will support businesses looking to open in these priority areas in Windsor (Downtown, Olde Sandwich Towne, Wyandotte Town Centre, Ford City) and targeted areas in the County (Uptown Leamington, Essex Centre, Harrow).

New Online Tool Launched To Help Local Businesses And Job-Seekers

A new online tool called WEsearch was launched Thursday morning that makes the process of researching business funding opportunities as well as employment services and or upgrading programs easier than ever.

Designed by Workforce WindsorEssex, WEsearch simplifies the task of researching programs and services, so that businesses and job-seekers can focus on what matters most – growing their business or finding their next job.

By answering a few questions about the kind of help a user is looking for, WEsearch presents information about organizations, programs and or services that match their needs, utilizing a free, easy to use, way finding tool.

Another aspects of WEsearch is that it can be embedded into other websites while providing some customization. Partners currently hosting WEsearch on their websites include Unemployed Help Centre, the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, the Windsor-Essex Small Business Centre, and the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. The City of Windsor and the University of Windsor created links from their websites to WEsearch.

“During the development process, members of our central planning table and working groups made it clear that they didn’t want another website. We didn’t want to ask community partners to drive web-traffic to an external website while they were trying to drive traffic to their own site. Instead, we chose to bring WEsearch to places where job-seekers and businesses would naturally look for help, allowing it to be displayed there without cost while offering some customization,” said Doug Sartori, Board Chair, and Central Planning Table and Working Group member, Workforce WindsorEssex.

You can find the new website here.

Show Us Your Gap Contest

In a follow-up to our Do Good, Make Money event with StopGap Foundation, we’re giving away 2 custom StopGap ramps.

Physical barriers in our “built environment” prevent many of us from enjoying some of the amazing buildings and spaces that our cities and communities have to offer.

StopGap Foundation’s goal is to create a world where every person can access every space. The Ramp Project has been successful at highlighting how a simple ramp can make life easier for everyone. Parents pushing strollers, couriers using dollies to handle heavy packages and people using mobility aids all benefit from a barrier free storefront. The project has also proved to business owners that they are able to increase their customer base by providing a storefront that everyone can enter and exit.

The brightly coloured ramps do not present a perfect solution to the problem however they do get people talking about the much bigger issue of inclusivity and accessibility for all.

To enter, complete the registration form below. The contest closes Friday, May 5th at 11:59pm. Good luck!

Show Us Your Gap Contest

Fill in the information below to be entered to win 1 of 2 custom StopGap ramps.
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SEO Session with Sebastian Agosta

In this FREE follow-up to his recent Guest Blog post, 4 Steps to SEO Success, Sebastian Agosta will be sharing his tips and tricks to Search Engine Optimization success! Sebastian is the Owner of SebastianAgosta.com – a digital marketing company.  He has 10 years experience as a digital marketer, web designer and WordPress developer in Windsor, Ontario. He partners with small to medium sized businesses to grow their online presence through unique and inventive digital marketing strategies.

Wednesday, March 22nd

Institute for Border Logistics & Security (IBLS)
3475 Wheelton Drive, Windsor


This session is open to anyone that is interested in improving their SEO results.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by RSVPing to info@wetech-alliance.com.



Doing Business With Government and Innovation Information Forum

Two Valuable Events, One Day, One Location

The WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, WEtech Alliance and federal, provincial and municipal partners are hosting 2 FREE events on Thursday, March 23rd at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

EVENT 1 – Doing Business with Government

Learn how to sell your products or services to the federal, provincial or municipal governments at this morning session.

This Doing Business with Government event brings together representatives from the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government to provide assistance to community, small and medium sized enterprises that are interested in doing business with government. You will learn how each level of government does its purchasing, and how to include these groups as your customers!

Thursday, March 23rd
8:30 am to 12:00 pm (Check-in at 8am – includes breakfast)

Fogolar Furlan Club, Windsor Hall
1800 North Service Road
Windsor, Ontario

Partners, Programs and Services to be presented from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm:

EVENT 2 – Innovation Information Forum

Discover federal programs that can support the development and commercialization of your innovations at this afternoon session.

The Innovation Information Forums are a series of sessions in a number of Ontario communities that will bring together Government of Canada departments and agencies to present current innovation and commercialization programs. Hear from representatives from federal departments and agencies on how their programs and services support innovation in Canada.

Thursday, March 23rd
1 to 4:30 pm (Check in at 12:30)

Fogolar Furlan Club, Windsor Hall
1800 North Service Road
Windsor, Ontario

Partners, Programs and Services: (* presenters are subject to change)

Public Works and Government Services Canada – PSPC
Build in Canada Innovation Program

National Research Council of Canada – NRC IRAP and Concierge Service
Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)Concierge Service

Canada Revenue Agency – CRA SR&ED
Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) – Tax Incentive Program

Canadian Intellectual Property Office – CIPO
Intellectual Property – The Basics

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council Canada – NSERC 
Industry-Academia Collaborative Grants for Science and Engineering R&D