WEtech Alliance Welcomes Director of Venture Services Adam Castle

WEtech Alliance is pleased to welcome Adam Castle to the team as Director of Venture Services. Adam will be leading the development and delivery of WEtech Alliance’s suite of business acceleration programs, all of which provide commercialization and entrepreneurship development support for startup and SME clients.

Adam Castle has spent the last six years working in Economic Development in Windsor-Essex, specializing in business development and growth across multiple sectors and working with companies of all sizes.

Adam is a highly driven and successful Business Advisor with an entrepreneurial spirit. He started his first business when he was 15 and continues to run it today. He has had extensive experience leading local companies to growth and market differentiation with a record of generating new business opportunities and developing lucrative partnerships.

His guiding principle in business and life is to “dream with your sleeves rolled up” and believes strongly that through hard work, lifelong learning, and consistency, that all goals no matter their size or scale, are within reach.

Adam brings with him a deep understanding and comprehensive knowledge of the local business ecosystem and a well-developed network of local resource providers. He is an expert at building relationships and has a proven track record of developing strategies to accomplish breakthrough objectives. In 2017, in his role as Economic Development Coordinator with the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, Adam helped to facilitate the creation of over 400 jobs, nearly 6 Million dollars in public and private investment and worked with close to 200 clients. His expertise lies in his ability to solve problems creatively and break down barriers to business growth through a holistic approach.

He is a member of the Economic Developers Association of Canada and is currently in pursuit of his Economic Developers designation from the University of Waterloo.

Adam is a passionate advocate for his clients and encourages them to consider him an expansion of their team from day one. He encourages sustainable and measured growth through the use of simple to learn mental models and best practices. He prides himself on his tried and tested experience in implementing scalability strategies and is ready to help your start-up reach the next level. Adam’s main goal is to work hard, instill confidence, and be collaborative, making you feel like you have just found the business partner you’ve been looking for.

Connect with Adam:

ScaleUP Opens Applications for Spring Cohort

WEtech Alliance is accepting applications for the ScaleUP accelerator program.

ScaleUP – powered by Libro Credit Union and the Ontario Trillium Foundation – provides financial and mentoring support to tech startup entrepreneurs in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent looking to scale their business.

ScaleUP will select five (5) entrepreneurs who will receive four-months of intensive business mentoring + in-kind services valued at $15,000 + access to a global network of support + the opportunity to pitch for a $10,000 top prize in front of the Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network (WECAN).

ScaleUP will run two cohorts:

  1. 1st Cohort: March to June, 2018
  2. 2nd Cohort: August to November, 2018

Applications – and program information – can be found at http://www.wetech-alliance.com/scaleup.

The deadline to apply for the 1st Cohort is 11:59pm on February 5, 2018

ScaleUP is a new program that evolved from the successful Libro StartUP, and is looking for startups that have moved beyond ideation and product/market fit – with advantage given to startups who have achieved early sales.

“We are building upon a successful partnership with WEtech Alliance forged through the Libro Prosperity Fund, one that supports innovative startup entrepreneurs and aligns with our purpose of growing prosperity across southwestern Ontario,” said Lori Atkinson, Libro’s regional manager of Essex-Kent.

“This innovative partnership is born out of a passion for community and a commitment to supporting the growing community of tech startup entrepreneurs in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance.

ScaleUP is the first accelerator program in the region focused on scaling startups and that is open to entrepreneurs of all ages.

For more information on ScaleUP please contact:

Adam Frye
Director of Business Advisory Services
WEtech Alliance
afrye@wetech-alliance.com 
226.747.4398

About Libro Credit Union:
Libro is southwestern Ontario’s largest credit union, with more than 70 years of history in the region. Libro supports the well-being of people, businesses and communities by providing high-quality financial coaching and profit sharing. Libro offers a full range of financial products and services for consumers, businesses and farms, including savings and chequing, investing, and borrowing. Great service can be experienced through 31 branches, online, telephone, mobile devices and a network of 4,000 ATMs across Canada.

About WEtech Alliance:
As one of the eighteen Regional Innovation Centres in the province of Ontario, funded by the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, WEtech provides an extensive roster of programs, advisory services and training to clients and members in the technology and innovation sectors in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions.

The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) is a collaborative network built to help your business succeed. ONE was created to bring together the various resources for entrepreneurs, so you don’t have to search. The less time you spend finding and accessing programs and services, the more you can focus on “the business of running a business”.

About Ontario Trillium Foundation: 
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. With a budget of over $136 million, OTF awards grants to some 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

About Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network:
Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network (WECAN) provides financial support to start-ups and scaling companies by helping to match entrepreneurs with angel investors.  WECAN is one of thirteen AIO – Angel Investors Ontario accredited investor groups based across the province. WECAN was established in 2014 as a non-profit to connect regional angel investors and foster their success with education, best practices, investment and deal syndication with other AIO – Angel Investors Ontario groups and NACO – National Angel Capital Association (Canada) groups. WECAN is recognized as the (cross-border) angel investment group by MVCA – Michigan Venture Capital Association and ACA – Angel Capital Association (USA) connecting it with more than 17,000 investors across North America and globally.

 

JOB POSTING: Startup Business Advisor/Program Manager

WEtech Alliance is a Regional Innovation Center (RIC) in the Province of Ontario that serves as a hub for innovation and the acceleration and commercialization of technology companies in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent counties. WEtech works with all stages of start-up enterprises and established firms, and partners with similar organizations to support growth, innovation and prosperity across our region.

Position Summary:

Startup Business Advisor / Program Manager (2 Year Contract)

The Startup Business Advisor / Program Manager is a dynamic and highly adaptable business professional who has previous experience in either business development, sales and marketing, creative problem solving, and managing new business or innovation programs in a technology sector. The ideal candidate has knowledge about commercialization of technology or new business ideas, including at least one of these areas: company creation, sales and marketing, finance and investment, value proposition and business models, product innovation, strategies for business growth and scale-up.

Responsibilities:

The Startup Business Advisor / Program Manager will have the key responsibility of managing, organizing and delivering a suite of business acceleration programs, all of which provide commercialization and entrepreneurship development support for startup and SME clients.

The specific responsibilities may include:

  • Perform new client intake assessments for WEtech’s business acceleration programs, and thoroughly assess and document the business needs and opportunities of each applicant according to established procedures.
  • Perform ongoing business advisory services with clients.
  • Manage the delivery of WEtech’s StartUP/ScaleUP accelerator programs
  • Manage tracking of business program metrics through WEtech’s CRM system, analyze the data with monthly reports, and be accountable to prepare quarterly reports on service metrics to WEtech’s funding authorities and directors.
  • Develop, market and present information about business acceleration programs at our team meetings, and regularly engage with WEtech’s community of tech entrepreneurs, startups and SME clients.
  • Works with partners such as local economic development agencies, Small Business Centre, Industrial Research Assistance Program, Business Resource Centre, and Business Advisory Services to make the best referrals for client companies.
  • Identify and engage new startup advisors and professional service firms to benefit clients.
  • Contribute a regular collection of metrics and compile reports suitable for inclusion in government and funder reporting.
  • Possess a knowledge of various programs designed for clients though all of our collaborative stakeholders and programs.
  • Ensure required resources and reporting on a regular basis.
  • Ensures project documents are complete, current, and stored appropriately
  • Assist President & CEO with selected strategic or community projects.

Essential Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, entry-level position with 0-2 years of experience – Commerce/Finance, Business Administration or Marketing, Engineering; knowledge of STEM areas is preferable.
  • Past experience working within a technology startup and/or technology innovation incubator organization is a plus.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks under tight deadlines, and deliver quality work in a timely manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability and confidence to interact with various levels of the organization/community.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to work both independently with minimal supervision, and accept guidance from various members of WEtech’s team.

Working Conditions:

  • Regular full-time hours, 5 days per week.
  • Frequent evening or weekend work to attend community outreach events, or to deliver business acceleration programs. After-hours work time will be balanced with regular work hours.
  • Occasional remote work at community office locations across Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent.
  • Must have a valid Ontario driver’s license and access to their own vehicle transportation.

Locations: Joyce Entrepreneurship Centre, 2455 Wyandotte Street West, Located inside EPICentre, 2nd Floor, Windsor, ON N9B 0C1

To Apply:

If you are interested in this opportunity please email your resume and cover letter to ypilon@wetech-alliance.com no later than December 29, 2017. Please include Startup Business Advisor / Program Manager in the subject line.

We thank all applicants in advance. Please note that only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted. All applications will be kept confidential.

Apply in Confidence:
Yvonne Pilon
President & CEO
WEtech Alliance
ypilon@wetech-alliance.com

Tech Community Gathers to Bestow Tech Awards and Nerd Glory  

Windsor, Ontario – Wednesday, November 29 2017

It was Oscars meets The Voice meets the Summer Olympics for the Nerd Community.

Over two hundred attendees walked the red carpet tonight at the annual YQG Tech Awards to watch outstanding colleagues recognized for their leadership in growing the tech community in Windsor-Essex and Chatham Kent.

The Tech Awards are organized by WEtech Alliance, sponsored by the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and hosted at the Dr. John A. Strasser Student Life Centre at St. Clair College.

“This is a night to bring our tight knit tech community even closer together and celebrate those who have brought forward our best as individuals, as organizations and as a region,” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance.

The twelve winners across ten categories that include:

  • Tech Company of the Year – CenterLine
  • Tech CEO of the Year – Brent McPhail, Brave Controls
  • Tech Researcher of the Year – Lisa Porter, University of Windsor
  • Tech Professional of the Year – Hassan Farhat, AlphaKOR Group
  • Young Tech Professional  of the Year – Andre Khayat
  • Tech Teachers of the Year
    • Melissa Krausse, Tecumseh Vista Academy
    • Jason Charlton, L.A. Desmarais Elementary School
  • Tech Mentor of the Year – Frank Abbruzzese, AlphaKOR Group
  • Technology Adaptation – Windsor Eats
  • Technology Innovation – Intellitix
  • Tech StartUP of the Year – ITOS Oncology
  • WEtech Choice Awards
    • Hackforge
    • Adam Davis, Next Dimension

The winners were selected through a three-part process that included public voting via Facebook as well as deliberation from sponsors Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and WEtech Alliance.

Over 3,500 votes were cast by the public over one week in November.

The Tech Awards were preceded by the sixth and final event of the Nerd Olympics – a classic on-stage Rock Band battle of the bands.  The three month-long Nerd Olympics pitted sixteen tech companies and organizations against each other in a series of Olympic style challenges such as archery, curling, trivia, disc golf and trampoline.

“Nerd Olympics is a great way to build camaraderie within tech companies and also between tech companies and organizations, ” says Frank Abbruzzese, President of AlphaKOR and founding member of WEtech Alliance.  “It strengthens what we are trying to build here, and that is a vibrant tech community that works hard, plays hard and looks after each other.”

Libro Credit Union graciously sponsored the Closing Ceremonies of the Nerd Olympics where teams Brave Controls & Next Dimension, who finished tied atop the leaderboard, hoisted the Nerd Cup as Co-Champions and will co-host the Nerd Cup until next year’s Nerd Olympics.

Join the conversation online:

Tech Week YQG: #TechWeekYQG

Nerd Olympics: #NerdOlympicsYQG

Tech Awards: #TechAwardsYQG

 

Photos by Stephanie Pilon

 

WEtech Alliance Provides $9,750 in Funding through the WINnovation Fund to Four of Its Portfolio Companies

WEtech is pleased to announce that it has provided direct dollars through the WINnovation Fund totaling $9,750 to four (4) of its clients. Formerly known as the Regional Advisory Service Fund (RASF), startup related activities undertaken by clients included specialized service provider support, patent protection, regulatory certification, product development and testing, and marketing/communications activities.

The Q1-Q2 recipients include:

  • True Phantom SolutionsPioneers in Ultrasound, MRI, X-Ray, CT & Sonography phantoms.
  • Audacia BioscienceAudacia Bioscience combines mobile diagnostics with lateral flow tests, to create a suite of smart tests. They have extensive proficiency in the development of a wide variety of testing assays such as Zika, Dengue, HCV,chikungunya, and clinical tests. 
  • Border City Urban Farms: A local food co-operative serving Windsor and Essex County
  • Old Dutch Guys ChocolateSpecialize in producing beautiful chocolate
  • objects based on the wood creations with an innovate twist.

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.

 

Tech Week YQG Announced for November 13-17th

October 13, 2017 (Windsor, ON)

Windsor-Essex is shining a big bright weeklong spotlight on the local tech community.

TECH WEEK YQG is a showcase of all things tech spearheaded by WEtech Alliance that brings together tech leaders and entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, and the broader community.

The mission of TECH WEEK YQG is to promote, accelerate and celebrate our local tech community while providing unique perspectives from world-class speakers on what the future of tech holds.

“Our regional tech community is so dynamic and so diverse that we cannot wait to tell some of the amazing success stories and tackle together some of the challenges,” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance.

The week kicks off with TECH LAUNCH, a 360° live panel discussion on the State of Technology in YQG. Tuesday is our TECH SHOW that focuses on Artificial Intelligence – anything from smart cars to smart homes – with keynote speakers from IBM, Amazon and General Motors and interactive Exhibitors and Tech Lounge.

“The quality of the speaker roster and the subject matter is top shelf,” says Matt Marchand, CEO of the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce, a lead partner on the Tech Show.

Midweek shifts the focus to TECH TALENT with the region’s first Innovative Digital Competition followed by workshops on HR best practices, tools for growing tech companies as well as technical resume and interview workshops for prospective and current tech employees.

TECH GOLS – The Georgie Odette Leadership Symposium brings participants face-to-face with proven business leaders who speak on various aspects of successful leadership including tech guru Rory Capern who is the former Managing Director of Twitter Canada.

TECH WEEK YQG concludes on Friday with our 1st Annual TECH AWARDS and the CLOSING CEREMONIES for our 2nd Annual Nerd Olympics.

Tickets are available for purchase to both the Closing Ceremonies and Tech Awards. Note – nominations are still open for the Tech Awards, so be sure to elevate a colleague, entrepreneur or organization who has made a positive impact on the Tech Community.

For complete information and registration details on Tech Week YQG, visit techweekYQG.com.

Join the conversation online:
Tech Week YQG: #TechWeekYQG

Nerd Olympics: #NerdOlympicsYQG

 

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Media Contact:

Yvonne Pilon
President and CEO, WEtech Alliance

ypilon@wetech-alliance.com

519-819-8251

 

Matt Marchand
President and CEO, Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce

mmarchand@windsoressexchamber.org

519-919-8969

Windsor Essex Tech Show – Artificial Intelligence: Join IBM, GM, and Amazon in Breaking Down the World of AI

Windsor, ON – The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and WEtech Alliance along with presenting sponsors St. Clair College and University of Windsor are excited to announce a powerful lineup of speakers for this year’s Windsor Essex Tech Show.

This year’s Tech Show is titled Artificial Intelligence: What Does the Future Hold? and will take place Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts (201 Riverside Dr. W.)

We know robotics and automation will transform today’s society even more than the Internet did twenty years ago, but can we actually predict what’s coming down the line? From smart homes, driverless cars and robotic helpers at work, rest and play – intelligent agents have the potential to put us in a new age of productivity, affluence and leisure – but can it also displace some of the things we hold near and dear?

Join IBM, General Motors, and Amazon in breaking down the world of Artificial Intelligence through their knowledge of machine learning, predictive analytics, and information visualization.

This is your chance to hear from acclaimed speakers, meet IBM’s Watson, and network in YQG’s first ever Tech Lounge.

Speakers include Tecumseh, ON’s own Debbie Landers (Vice President, Cognitive Solutions at IBM Canada), Windsor native Lillian Reaume (Director of Human Resources, Amazon), and Daphne Zargar (Partner Relations, Connected Ecosystem Integration at General Motors).

“Whether you are tech savvy or not, artificial intelligence will absolutely change your life and this Tech Show will help you understand and prepare for what is coming around the corner,” says Yvonne Pilon, the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance. “This is a can’t miss event for Windsor-Essex”.

“We have assembled some of North America’s corporate leaders to share their insights on the exciting trends of AI. We look forward to having them in our community,” said WERCC President & CEO Matt Marchand.

Early bird tickets are available at $25. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.windsoressexchamber.org.

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For more information contact:

Lindsey Rivait

Communications Coordinator

Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce

lrivait@windsoressexchamber.org

(519) 966-3696 ext. 228

 

Yvonne Pilon

President & CEO

WEtech Alliance

ypilon@wetech-alliance.com

(519) 997-2857

 

2nd Annual Nerd Olympics Kick-Off Tomorrow   

Sixteen teams representing local technology companies, media, the university and college will compete for ultimate nerd glory.
The second annual Nerd Olympics II – powered by WEtech Alliance – kicks off tomorrow at the Opening Ceremonies with the lighting of the Nerd Torch followed by the first competition – archery – held at the Windsor Sportsmen’s Club.
Over the next two months, local tech teams will compete in disc golf, trampoline, nerd trivia, curling and rock band.
“Tech companies circle Nerd Olympics in their calendars months in advance because it’s such a great time,” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance.  “It also brings the tech community closer together.”
In addition to the sporting events, teams will compete in two community challenges that will raise donations for Canadian Blood Services and The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women.
3D printed medal ceremonies follow every event.
The Closing Ceremony on November 17th will conclude with the hoisting of the Nerd Cup and coincide with the Tech Awards ceremonies that top-off the first-ever Tech Week YQG celebrations across Windsor-Essex – also organized by WEtech Alliance.
Where: Windsor Sportsmen’s Club, 2401 Dougall Ave.
When: Opening Ceremonies 6pm

Additional Information:

Follow all the action on the official Nerd Olympics Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NerdOlympicsYQG/

Announcing Our New Intern: Welcome Marcus Deans!

This week we’re excited to welcome Marcus Deans to the team as our new Summer Intern.

Marcus currently attends Academie Ste. Cecile in Windsor and is looking forward to learning more about the technology and business world as part of WEtech Alliance. Outside of school, Marcus volunteers with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Windsor-Essex Community Foundation, and the City of Windsor. He has also served in several leadership positions at youth-run companies as part of Junior Achievement. Marcus also enjoys science and has ranked internationally in youth science competitions as part of Team Canada.

He’ll be with us throughout the summer and will be reporting on his experience in our inaugural CleanTech Academy class through his CleanTech Blog posts.

Welcome to the team, Marcus!

WEtech Alliance Launches Cleantech Academy

(Windsor, Ontario) – Tuesday July 4th, 2017 – WEtech Alliance has launched the first Cleantech Academy in Windsor-Essex.

The initiative – made possible through an Ontario 150 Partnership Program grant and support from seventeen industry and community partners – introduces thirty high school students from the region to the clean technology sector.

CLEANTECH is one of the fastest growing, innovative sectors of the economy worth an estimated $1 trillion globally.  In Canada – the cleantech sector employs over 55,000 people across 800 companies – which means it employs more people than the forestry, pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, and has more companies than automotive and aerospace.

“We encourage our young people to consider career paths that will lead them to the doorstep of innovative local companies and organizations that are globally recognized and leading the charge in this dynamic sector, ” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance.  “Cleantech Academy is the first step along that road.”

Students from thirteen area high-schools – including the United Way’s On Track to Success program – will participate in the weeklong Cleantech Academy, which includes on-site tours and seminars led by local companies and organizations such as Union Gas, GLIER, FCA Canada and CS Wind Canada. Cleantech Academy culminates in a Boat Tour of the Detroit River featuring seminars on environmental issues.

For more information on Cleantech Academy visit: www.wetech-alliance.com/cleantech.

Media Contact:

Dr. Irek Kusmierczyk, PhD

Director of Partnerships

WEtech Alliance

519.990.3132

ikusmierczyk@wetech-alliance.com

Celebrating 150 Years of Canadian Innovation

A CTV Windsor feature on our CANnovation project.

 

Launched in January 2017, our CANnovation project celebrates our rich history of Canadian innovations and innovators from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

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

 

Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit III Wows

The word has gotten out.

Well over one-hundred creative and collaborative professionals and students from the health, tech and business worlds came together over the May 5th weekend for the third annual Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit.

There were doctors, nurses and hospital administrators as well as programmers, graphic designers, entrepreneurs and investors.

They spent the weekend dreaming up, designing and demonstrating innovative solutions to everyday health care challenges, while building business cases around their vision.

Some of the team leads drove two hours from London, Ontario.  Others came from Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Most were from the greater Detroit and Windsor metropolitan area.

Christopher Bricio flew in from Guadalajara, Mexico – a biomedical engineer and project leader from the local Hacking Health chapter looking to bring best practises from Windsor-Detroit back to Guadalajara as they prepare their first event.

Christopher Bricio (3rd from right) from the Guadalajara, Mexico chapter of Hacking Health, meeting with some of the Windsor-Detroit organizers in Hacker HQ.

Teams had the opportunity to pitch in front of a star-studded panel of judges that included Jacqlyn Smith from the Detroit Medical Center, Dr. Steve Bartol from Henry Ford Innovations Institute and Lindsay Aspegren a venture investor at North Coast.

“Technology entrepreneurship moves forward when tech is connected to real people with real challenges,” says Paul Riser, Managing Director of Technology Based Entrepreneurship at co-organizer TechTown Detroit. “Hacking Health does that in spades, and the solutions and startups it generates backs that up.”

Windsor-based teams showed very well.

Mandeep Bumbra – a Registered Nurse and University of Windsor Odette School MBA – took home a prize powered by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and Office Depot – which includes tickets to the Detroit Policy Conference.

Bumbra’s Project LEAP focused on eradicating leprosy with the help of a mobile application.

A team led by Morgan Rosenberg, from TechAlliance in London, scored a prize sponsored by the University of Windsor Odette School of Business for his mobile application called Supports – which provides support to individuals facing mental health crises.  The award includes four tickets to the renown Georgie Odette Leadership Conference 2017.

Supports also received three months of co-working space at Grand Circus.

Members of the Supports team proudly displaying their 2 awards

A team of University of Windsor and St. Clair College students called MediMeals received the prize sponsored by the University of Windsor EPICentre which includes entry into the prestigious EPIC Founders accelerator program valued at $6000.

MediMeals also went home with the People’s Choice Award that included two Airtame media streaming devices courtesy of Audacia Bioscience and two Amazon Echoes powered by TechTown and WEtech.

Finally, Lisa Jacobs – who is part of the Libro StartUP accelerator program – took home Customer Validation Engagement consultation sponsored by SearchLite for her mobile application called ClinicSeeker.

I am always amazed at how Hacking Health continues to serve as a bridge, connecting people across the tech and health care sector but also across our region and beyond

Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, one of the co-founding organizations of Hacking Health Windsor Detroit.

As if to highlight the diversity of professionals at Hacking Health, the Overall Judges Prize went to the Dystexia/Stroke App – which was presented by Darnell Stewart, who is a Fire Captain with Detroit Fire Department.

Captain Stewart received entry into the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp at Ann Arbor SPARK as well as commercialization consultation with the University of Michigan Fast Forward Medical Innovation.

“Hacking Health provides WEtech clients with an opportunity to meet investors, potential clients, and other business support organization on both sides of the US-Canada border,” says Dr. Irek Kusmierczyk, Director of Partnerships at WEtech Alliance.  “Right away they learn to operate with the US and Canadian markets in mind, and draw from cross-border talent and resource pools.”

Plans are already underway for Hacking Health IV – which will travel back across the Detroit River to Windsor in 2018.

Hacking Health Windsor Detroit would not be possible without the generous support from Windsor Regional Hospital, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, Leamington District Memorial Hospital, the Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation and the University of Windsor as well as the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs and the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

WEtech Alliance Provides $6,500 in Funding through the WINnovation Fund to Two of Its Portfolio Companies

WINnovation Recipient, RF Kinetics

WEtech is pleased to announce that it has provided direct dollars through the WINnovation Fund totaling $6,500 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 testing, and marketing/communications activities.

The Q2 recipients include:

  • Brewin’ Bros Beverage Co. is not just a coffee shop in Windsor providing great service and local support, they are a company seeking to grow locally, provincially, nationally and internationally selling their innovative active charcoal teas.
  • RF Kinetics combines innovative design and manufacturing to produce high-quality, novel, and competitively priced devices for minimally invasive electrosurgery. They currently offer three lines of products: Vessel Sealing: Generator and Seal-n-Cut Forceps, Electrosurgical Burn Prevention Access Device: Scannula and Monopolar Hand Instruments: Modular and Disposable devices.

    WINnovation Recipient, Brewin’ Bros Beverage Co.

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.

Register now for Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit III

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.

Hacking Health Windsor-Detroit III once again returns to TechTown Detroit May 5-7, 2017.

REGISTER TODAY!

This event sells out every year. Reserve your spot by registering below!

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.