Singularity University's Global Impact Competitions happen every year in over a dozen countries around the world. This year’s Canadian competition will bring together creative innovators and entrepreneurs who are harnessing disruptive technologies to affect positive transformational change in our society. The Global Impact Competition challenges participants to answer the formal challenge: “How can we improve the standard of living of one million Canadians in the next three to five years through the use of technology?”
On April 2, 2015, five finalists will pitch their ideas to impact one million Canadians through technology to a panel of judges and community of Canada's innovators, business leaders, politicians and other stakeholders in York Region, ON.
Deloitte's Exponentials website is a hub of curated content on exponential tech. It brings readers stories on new and inspiring technologies that are shaping our future.
Travis Clements-Khan recently attended Startup Weekend York Region, a “54 hour event that brings together York Region designers, developers, entrepreneurs and experts from all domains to do amazing things.” The goal of the weekend is to bring an idea to life and turn it into a viable, sellable product.
Tamara Etmannski was the winner of Canada's first Global Impact Competition in 2014. As the winner, she had the honour of representing Canada as the first Canadian Global Impact winner at Singularity University’s (SU) Graduate Studies Program during the summer of 2014.
Heather Crosbie, an Executive in Residence at ventureLAB writes a guest blog today about local resources in York Region for entrepreneurs. Heather writes at Ride the Wave.
There is no more challenging a career route to take than that of an entrepreneur. The personal pressures, the loneliness, the financial demands and the uncertainty can be overwhelming at times. But like getting to the top of Mount Everest, the rewards can be deep and life-changing….if the challenges don’t kill you first!
Dr. Dave Williams, president and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre, shares five business lessons he learned during his time in space with The Globe and Mail. He is Canada’s first dual astronaut/aquanaut, a former member the Canadian Space Agency and was the first non-American to hold a senior management position within NASA.
“John Zambakkides - Z3 Controls
ventureLAB was directly instrumental in us gaining a vast amount of experience and knowledge in all stages and phases of a start-up, starting with BUILD, to the series of excellent sessions from finance to launch, and the mentor program which has been critical in us reaching a number of organizations that helped Z3 Controls' growth. We had the opportunity to attend and talk to IP, trademark and copyright experts, as well as legal advice among other things. The opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and experts was most helpful. Looking back, I must admit that ventureLAB provided us with a series of seminars that covered all aspects of a fledgling company such as ours, with a seminal impact that was invaluable. It is exactly what a company like Z3 Controls needed to get us on the right track and perfectly align us with what we needed to go to market with and succeed. We will be forever grateful and indebted to ventureLAB and its fine people for guiding us and teaching us, mentoring us, at a time when we needed all the help we could get. Thank you ventureLAB.”