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By Pam Banks

Earlier this week, we announced the competing companies –  Carmel Vision, Induce Biologics, Isobarex and Rivalries Corporation – that will pitch to the expert panel for a chance to be crowned the Star Innovator of Idol III.

The winning company will be the recipient of a suite of prizes valued over $40,000 from the kind contribution of the prize sponsors.

“Our finalists have invested many hundreds of hours in sweat equity to get to this annual grand finale of our Growing Your Business breakfast series,” said RIC`s Entrepreneur-in-residence, James Sbrolla. “They are all talented and committed star innovators who benefit from prize sponsors like Bereskin Parr, C Worthy, Intelligent Office, Gowlings, Marketing Pad, Meyer Norris Penny, RBC, and Sustained-Media.”


June 15th`s Idol III is shaping up to be an extraordinary event, we have had to move to a bigger venue to accommodate a large crowd and we are excited to be growing so exponentially and being recognized by our peers and supporters. Mayor McCallion highlighted the importance of great platforms like Idol for start-up companies to connect with investors and to encourage other individuals with entrepreneurial aspirations.

We are also looking forward to past winners – Temporal Power and RealTech – providing an update of where being an Innovator Idol winner has taken them.

June 15th’s Idol is an event you won’t want to miss – Click here to register today – we hope to see you there!

Pam Banks is the Executive Director for RIC Centre.  RIC Centre helps new entrepreneurs and seasoned business people take the next great idea to market in the field of advanced manufacturing, aerospace, life sciences and emerging technology.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Saadia Muzaffar

Yesterday, you were introduced two of the four panelist for Innovator Idol – taking place on June 15th . The remaining two panelist that will listen to the pitches and provide their commentary are:

Jan Holland is a prolific investor with a career that spans over 25 years in Capital Markets, Corporate Governance and Risk Management. Jan is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the Directors Education Program at Rotman School of Business, U of T.

Jan is currently a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Willowgrove Hill DHA/EPA Omega-3 Premium Pork, a functional food business established in 2008. He is also a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Tricycle Asset Management, a Commodity Pool Operator established in 2000.

Since 1986, Jan has overseen several family holding companies in the manufacturing, investment banking and real estate sectors.

Probal Lala is a founding executive of About Communications a national provider of voice, data and internet communications solutions to small to medium-sized businesses.

An accomplished Senior Telecommunications Executive with over 20 years of broad Industry experience , Probal has been retained to provide executive leadership to a variety of companies ranging from privately held High Tech Start-ups to publically traded telecommunications firms.

A passionate believer in the role of entrepreneurs as well as youth in our economy, Probal spends much of his spare time on the promotion and development of young leaders and entrepreneurs.

He is a founding member of the Toronto based Maple Leaf Angels organization and he currently sits on the board of Youth-In-Motion, a national not-for-profit organization.

Join us for Innovator Idol III. Click here to register today.

Saadia is the Operations Coordinator at RIC Centre, responsible for building and execution of activities that fulfill RIC’s mandate. She has several years of relationship management, corporate communications and operations experience mainly from the financial services industry.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Saadia Muzaffar

This year’s Innovator Idol – taking place on June 15th – will host four exciting and experienced panelists ready to take on pitches of the finalists!  There is a diverse range of expertise on the panel:

Paul Morgan, the Managing Director for mid-market corporate finance at RBC Royal Bank has 10 years of experience in the field, advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, buyouts, raising capital and succession planning.  He is a Chartered Accountant and has been given the corporate finance specialist designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Benj Gallander is best known for his well-read column in The Globe & Mail titled The Contra Guys.  He is a regular guest on the Business News Network and has authored several publications, including The Canadian Small Business Survival Guide, The Uncommon Investor, and The Contrarian Investor’s 13. Benj is the president of the Contra the Heard Investment Letter, which has a 10-year annualized return of 19.6%.

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Saadia is the Operations Coordinator at RIC Centre, responsible for building and execution of activities that fulfill RIC’s mandate. She has several years of relationship management, corporate communications and operations experience mainly from the financial services industry.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Cheryl Lindsay

RIC Centre is pleased to announce that it has selected four innovative companies from a large pool of applicants for this year’s Innovator Idol III. And the finalists are:

Carmel Vision
Carmel Vision (CV) is a Toronto based software & hardware development company focused on delivering fresh and innovative solutions to address information overload.   CV was founded in 2004 and has an existing user base of 600 customers. The company’s goal is to offer technologically superior, yet affordable products that let users regain control of their data saving time wasted on searching and organizing.

Induce Biologics Inc.
Induce Biologics
is a regenerative medicine company focused on developing devices combining growth factors and biomaterials to induce the body to regenerate itself – specializing in regenerative medicine, recombinant growth factor and osteogenesis.

Isobarex
Established in 2008, Isobarex develops innovative technologies enhancing the detection of radiotracers and expanding their applications in biomedical research and nuclear safety and security. The technology allows measuring important radiotracers with unprecedentedly low limits of detection.

Rivalries Corporation
By combining some of the traditional plastic processing technology with its modified intrusion and insert intrusion technology, Rivalries Corporation has been successful in developing a sample product offering that creates a cost-effective, sustainable, and marketable final product. Rivalries technology allows one to take a waste stream and convert it into a useful set of products that are durable, waterproof, insect- and rot-resistant, non-toxic, and cost-effective.

Click to learn more about Innovator Idol III.  It takes place on June 15th, 2011 from 8:30AM-11:00AM at the Noel Ryan Auditorium (301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga). Registration for the third annual Innovator Idol is now open. Seating is limited! Register today.

Cheryl Lindsay is an undergrad student and the University of Toronto, Mississauga.  She is currently enrolled in the CCIT program pursuing a specialist in Digital Enterprise Management.  Cheryl is a student intern with the RIC Centre acting as Assisting Communications Officer.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

 

 

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By Jasmeet Duggal
Save the Date – Innovator Idol III is Happening June 15th, 2011

This week’s blog series will be highlighting all things Idol, including the finalists, members of the expert panel, and the list of prizes to be awarded to the Star Innovator.

 RIC Centre is ending this season’s Growing Your Business with its grand finale, Innovator Idol III taking place on June 15th, 2011 from 8:30AM-11:00AM at the Noel Ryan Auditorium (301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga).

Idol is a showcase of innovative companies that will pitch for a chance to win $40,000 in prizes. The audience will have an opportunity to hear the high-profile panel of judges weighs in with their expert opinions. The final say will be the audience as they will take part in a live polling to select this year’s Innovator Idol III Winner.

First place winner of Innovator Idol II, Temporal Power, is the developer of a breakthrough technology that solves the challenge of accommodating the variability of renewable power generation onto the electrical grid system.

“Innovator Idol provided us with a great opportunity to introduce Temporal Power to an array of different people. There were a lot of investors, entrepreneurs and overall knowledge in the room that we could gain from,” said Cam Carver, CEO of Temporal Power and the first-place winner of Innovator Idol.

Registration for the third annual Innovator Idol is now open. Seating is limited! Register today.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Reem Aziz

In the final installment of the Keep Growing Your Business Breakfast Session, the RIC Centre and OCETA present the much anticipated Innovator Idol 2! The event will take place on June 16th at the Novotel Hotel in Mississauga from 7:30 – 10:00.

Four emerging companies have been carefully screened and selected to present their pitch to an audience of angel investors and a panel of expert judges. The four lucky companies, who can win $43,000 in prizes are:

Bio-Organic Catalyst Canada

Bio-Organics Catalyst Canada (BOCC) is pioneering organic waste processing improvements through the development of liquid organic catalysts that transform unwanted molecular elements of organic waste into inert gas, increase oxidation within waste treatment processes and accelerate biomass decomposition within Anaerobic Digestion. BOCC’s unique opportunity is to connect leading scientific expertise with a patented breakthrough catalytic technology.

Temporal Power

Temporal Power has developed a proprietary flywheel energy storage system (FES) that can be used to hold energy for over 8 hour time periods or deliver high amounts of power over a short period of time. FES is a clean technology that has no direct emissions and contains no toxic components.

Dx2 Technologies

Dx2EcoSuite is a smart energy technology developed by Dx2 for cost-effectively managing energy consumption through automated and wireless means. Communication to end-devices or smart products is done through serial, Ethernet or wireless connection and provides consumers with a consolidated view of their energy consumption by interfacing with energy subsystems in a building.

Satlogix Inc.

Satlogix Inc. presents MILO, an automated vehicle tracking solution that uses GPS technology to generate a business travel log. Milo keeps track of a driver’s work schedule so it only tracks trips during business hours – this eliminates the guess work and manual labour involved in keeping a vehicle log.

This event will provide investors with the opportunity to listen and compare potential investment opportunities with new and emerging companies. Register here. For questions or for more information contact Shantanu Mittal at shantanu@riccentre.com

Reem Aziz is a University of Toronto student in the Digital Enterprise Management Specialist stream of the Communications, Culture and Information Technology program. She is currently a Writing and Communications intern at the RIC Centre where she is putting her academic knowledge to the test. She has an interest in marketing and event planning and has background experience in creating posters, banners and web ads.

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