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Four emerging companies in need of financing will have the opportunity to pitch their business to a panel of industry experts including investors at Innovator Idol II. The presenters will provide feedback from the panel and winner will be chosen by the audience.


The winner will receive more than  $30,000 in prizes from participating sponsors. Innovator-Idol-II-Prizes

Date: June 16th, 2010 Time: 7:30am – 10:00am

Location: Novotel Hotel, 3670 Hurontario Street. Mississauga

Applicants must complete the application form and submit to Shantanu Mittal at shantanu@riccentre.com before 31st May, 2010.

Do you know an emerging company that has the next great idea? Send them this link to Innovator Idol II.

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Employing Creative Leadership Basics is the subject of the next Growing Your Business seminar, held Feb. 17 at the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus.

These monthly seminars are hosted by RIC Centre (Research Innovation Commercialization Centre) and the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) and sponsored by FRED Group Inc.

The featured speakers include Larry Chester, Process Design Consultants Inc., Max Carbone, Team Works, and Paul Wickberg, CEO, EnviroTower.

Larry Chester has been providing strategy formulation and deployment, business process improvement, and training and development consulting services to senior human resource and corporate management since 1980. Prior to forming Process Design Consultants Inc., Larry was a partner in a Toronto-based training & development company, a Vice-President in an international management consulting firm and Sales and Marketing Vice President for a major sales and distribution company. Larry, a professional engineer with an MBA in finance, has been a guest speaker on continuous improvement and employee empowerment and a University lecturer on creative decision making and project management.

Max Carbone is an entrepreneurial strategic planning advisor, private investor, director and visionary. He helps leaders build plans, teams and drive business results. Max has assisted organizations like: AT&T, Coca-Cola, CB Richard Ellis, Chubb Security, CITY TV, Nike, Royal LePage, Trimark, TD Bank, and many, many more. Max has worked in traditional jobs with Grant Thornton, CB Richard Ellis, The Bank of Nova Scotia and York University. Max holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Studies from Schulich School of Business and a BA in Economics and Psychology from University of Western Ontario.

With more than 20 years of business leadership and senior management experience, Paul Wickberg brings to EnviroTower a proven track record of driving rapid growth and value creation for technology start-ups as well as Fortune 200 organizations. Most recently, as President and COO of Verisae, Inc., a provider of energy and asset management software, Paul grew the company from startup to multi-national status in just 4 years. He is credited with creating and building Emerson Retail Services, now the leading provider of energy services to the supermarket industry.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn first-hand how to employ Creative Leadership Basics

Registration for the event will open until February 16, 2010 through the RIC Centre website

Check in and breakfast will start promptly at 7:30 in the Faculty Club (Third floor, South Building, University of Toronto Mississauga).

For further details about this event please contact: sharon.dotan@riccentre.com

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The next “Growing your Business” seminar Dec. 9 will focus on Accessing Government Programs [in order to] Leverage Resources to Grow your business.

The seminar is sponsored by RIC Centre (Research Innovation Commercialization Centre) and the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) and held at the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus from 7:30 – 10 a.m.

Panelists include Amie Sergas from the MaRS Discovery District, Kevin Wright from the F.R.E.D Group Inc, and Niall Wallace from Infonaut Inc.

Amie Sergas, Manager, Mentorship Programs, Market Readiness Program of the MaRS Discovery District, manages the mentorship programs and works with partner commercialization organizations for the Business Mentorship and Entrepreneurship Program (BMEP) at MaRS Discovery District. BMEP is a $17M program, part of Ontario’s Market Readiness Program that provides support services and mentorship to high-potential technology entrepreneurs across the province. She has managed stakeholder relations among private, public and non-profit organizations, and has successfully navigated projects through entrepreneurial environments. Amie holds a BSc in Biotechnology and an MBA for Science and Technology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where she focused on New Venture Management.

Kevin Wright, Director, F.R.E.D. Group Inc., along with his team, help businesses obtain government funding from more than 150 federal and provincial business incentive and assistance programs, including SR&ED tax credits. A recognized expert in the SR&ED field, Kevin works closely with the FRED team to deliver The FRED Advantage- a surround group of services that leverage the SR&ED process and funding that helps companies grow. Kevin has been active in the business since 2004, and prior to this, was an award-winning marketing director having worked for multi-national marketing, advertising and interactive communications companies.

Niall Wallace, CEO, Infonaut Inc., is responsible for creating the vision for Infonaut’s software solutions, as well as leading corporate strategy and overseeing business development. He brings his healthcare experience to a number of advisory boards, including positions as co-chair of ITAC’s RFID Business Committee and as a member of George Brown College’s Innovation Board. He has spoken at numerous conferences across North America on the value of GIS and mapping technology for the healthcare sector.

The discussion promises to be engaging and informative.

Registration for the event is required by Dec. 8 .Check in and breakfast will start promptly at 7:30 in the Faculty Club (second floor of South Building of University of Toronto, Mississauga).

For further details about this innovation event please contact sharon.dotan@ric-centre.on.ca

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2“Using Market Intelligence as Your Strategic Weapon” is the next “Growing Your Business” seminar, held Nov. 18  at a new location this month in Brampton. The monthly workshops are hosted by RIC Centre (Research Innovation Commercialization Centre) and the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA).

This session, held at the Rose Theatre, located on 1 Theatre Lane in Brampton, will explore the value of market intelligence as a strategic advantage for entrepreneurs.

Three excellent speakers are on board to explore  this subject.

s3-portrait-ckoenigChristine König, Managing Partner at König & Consultants Inc., studied biochemistry in Goettingen, Germany, where she received her PhD in Cell Biology. Her first entrepreneurial activity was to custom develop genetically modified mice that serve scientists as models for human disease. Later, she transferred that knowledge into a research firm developing state-of-the art breast cancer diagnostics. As an entrepreneur Christine has personally experienced the rise and fall of great ideas, potential markets, and partnerships.

s3-portrait-alexanderIsabel Alexander, Vice Chair, Fielding Chemical Technologies Inc., founded Phancorp Inc., a small chemical wholesaling company that became a global standard for the chemical industry. On August 1, 2009 Phancorp Inc. merged forces with Fielding Chemical Technologies Inc. to provide Cradle to Cradle Care of Chemicals. Isabel now serves as Vice Chair, Fielding Chemical Technologies Inc. Since 2002, Ms. Alexander has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs and in 2009, she was the recipient of the International Women of Influence Award for Emerging/Growth enterprises.

s3-portrait-srinivasanUsha Srinivasan, Director, Market Intelligence, Market Readiness Program, and her team of industry specific and information specialists provide quality and timely market intelligence to entrepreneurs in Ontario through the MaRS Market Intelligence Services. Prior to joining MaRS, she worked at Frost & Sullivan, a leading global market research and consulting company. She has technical and industry background in the water, environment and building technologies space, having worked with global clients such as GE, Siemens, IBM, Honeywell and Brita.

For more information visit  www.riccentre.com. Or  Register here, For further registration details, please contact Sharon Dotan at sharon.dotan@ric-centre.on.ca

Registration deadline for the event is November 17, 2009.

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