MedHealth Innovation Week Kicks Off with Hacking Health

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Two hundred professionals and students from the health care, tech and business world are coming together to dream up, design and build innovative tech solutions to pressing health care challenges.

The fourth annual Hacking Health Windsor Detroit is being hosted at St. Clair College next weekend – April 13 & 14th.

“Hacking Health has sparked or accelerated a number of healthcare start-up companies in our region,” says Yvonne Pilon, President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, which co-organizes the event with cross-border partners TechTown Detroit.

Pilon points to the success of fertility start-up OnTrachIVF and PRN Care – a location-based app that connects certified individual home care providers together with families seeking care for elderly family members.

Previous local winners included a stent tracker app developed by a nurse from Windsor Regional Hospital and an app called Clinic Seeker that directs patients to the nearest clinic.

Hacking Health brings together over 30 partner organizations – including nurses, doctors and administrators from top hospitals such as Henry Ford Health System and Windsor Regional Hospital, top post-secondary institutions such as Wayne State University, University of Michigan, St. Clair College and University of Windsor, investors and economic development organizations — in addition to a variety of private sector and growth stage companies.

“If you’re frontline staff, a professional or a student or just someone with a great idea, we want you at Hacking Health,” says Pilon.

St. Clair College is this year’s Platinum Sponsor and Host – as the venue alternates between Canada and the US every year.

“We think this is an excellent platform to showcase the incredible students and faculty pushing innovation in tech and health at St. Clair College,” says Jim Marsh, the Chair of the School of Business and Information Technology. “It’s also a great opportunity for them to connect with industry.”

This year Hacking Health released six Challenge Statements sponsored by Green Shield Canada and Aphria – focusing on Health & Wellness, Mental Health and Medical Cannabis.

“Students and start-up companies have an opportunity to pitch their ideas and skills in front of the Chief Innovation and Marketing Officer and the Director of the Medical Division of exciting billion dollar companies like Green Shield Canada and Aphria,” says Kusmierczyk. “There is no better way to interview for a coop placement or career than Hacking Health.”

A classic example is Alex Gervais – a former Web Development student at St. Clair College who landed his dream job as a UX Developer at the University of Michigan while at Hacking Health – helping to develop a medhealth startup called OnTrackIVF.

Kusmierczyk describes Hacking Health as a sandbox for creative and collaborative people, companies and organizations who want to collaborate on improving the healthcare system from the ground up.

He points to the fact that Hacking Health sparked the creation of the annual cross-border MedHealth Summit that takes place a week a week later in Detroit on April 19th: https://medhealthinnovation.org/summit/
The MedHealth Summit has quickly become the pre-eminent regional medical device and digital health conference that draws top hospitals, universities, colleges, companies and investors.

Together, Hacking Health and the MedHealth Summit make up the cross-border MedHealth Innovation Week.

“Hacking Health and the MedHealth Summit have been connecting the most creative and collaborative minds across the border and tying our region together for a few years now,” says Kusmierczyk. “It’s a solid foundation for cross-border initiatives like the Amazon bid and others that will surely follow.”

REGISTRATION:
Participants can still register at HHWinDetIV.eventbrite.ca. Spots are filling up quickly.

PRIZES:

There are $30,000 worth of prizes to the top ideas.

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE: 
1. Form your own team, post your project at hhwindet2018.sparkboard.com and pitch your idea on Friday night.

2. Listen to the pitches on Friday night and then join an existing team that is looking for help on their project.

3. There’s no pressure to pitch, join a team or create your own. You can simply attend as an observer, enjoy some delicious food and make some great new connections.

 

For more information please visit:
Website: hacking-health.org/windsor-detroit
Facebook: HHWindsorDetroit
Twitter: @crossborderHH

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Media Contact:
Irek Kusmierczyk, PhD
Director of Partnerships
WEtech Alliance
519.990.3132

Experts and Innovators Seek Technical Solutions to Big Healthcare Problems at MedHealth Summit 2018

DETROIT, Mich. — The best minds of the medical device and digital health sectors in Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario will gather at the MedHealth Summit in Detroit on Apr. 19, 2018, to explore innovative technology based solutions to the region’s most important healthcare challenges. This unique event is held annually to provide medical innovation businesses, healthcare providers, research institutions, entrepreneurs, economic developers, insurers and investors on both sides of the border with an opportunity to network with, learn from and pitch their innovations to potential supporters and collaborators.

 “In order to succeed in this space, you have to constantly be out there meeting people, talking to them and exploring how you can come together to make your vision a reality,” says Irene Spanos, director of economic development for Oakland County, Michigan. “The MedHealth Summit is the perfect place to do that — it takes the ‘work’ out of networking.” 

 The day-long event provides numerous engagement opportunities for participants, including one-on-one matchmaking sessions, startup and investor meet ups, panel discussions, exhibitions, presentations and informal networking opportunities. 

 It was the diversity and quality of such interactions that inspired innovator and past participant Michael Anataran to return. “As a health and wellness mobile app developer, I was so impressed with the high level of thinkers who attended the event last year and the richness of our conversations.” He added, “I want to come back to learn more about how my company, CARROT Pass LLC, fits into the innovation process of health systems and how we can add value for others involved in healthcare.” 

Also providing inspiration and guidance throughout the day will be the summit’s yet-to-berevealed keynote speaker — a chief medical examiner and professor with eight advanced degrees and board certifications who founded a medical school when he was just 18 years old. Attendees must discover who this skilled practitioner is. 

The MedHealth Summit is a project of MedHealth, a regional healthcare innovation cluster comprising numerous healthcare providers, universities and economic development organizations in Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario.

“We realized pretty early on that we are stronger together,” says Irek Kusmierczyk, director of partnerships for WEtech Alliance in Canada and member of the MedHealth Steering Committee. “We understand how important it is to pool our resources, our talents, our assets and our people if we want to compete with other clusters and foster continued growth.” 

The summit — provided with suport from members of MedHealth, TechTown Detroit, Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business Connect, Hacking Health and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s HealthForward — will be held at the Garden Theater, 3929 Woodward Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, a full summit agenda or to register, please visit .

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Contact: Kristin Palm Phone: 313-483-1326 Email: kristin@techtowndetroit.org

MedHealth is a regional collaboration connecting, convening, and educating the medical innovation ecosystem in Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario. Its goal is to accelerate the adoption of technologies that improve quality of care and contribute to economic growth in the region.

TechTown is Detroit’s most established business accelerator and incubator, offering a full suite of entrepreneurial services for both tech and neighborhood enterprises. We help startup and established businesses develop, launch and grow while strengthening and diversifying the local economy.

 

 

 

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.