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TEC VenturePrize Seminars Start Jan. 23

TEC VenturePrize mid-day seminars start Jan. 23!!! Don’t miss this low-cost solution to brushing up your business skills, while minimizing time away from your startup company! TEC Edmonton presents The TEC VenturePrize mid-day seminars (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.), kicking off this Friday, Jan. 23 with “Why Do You Need a Business Plan”,  presented by Chris Lerohl and Carolyn Naider of the TEC Edmonton Business Development team. Chris and Carolyn will be talking about   What it takes to pique the interest of decision makers. How do you highlight your product or service and the value to the customer? Why is it important to show your team’s expertise? Will it help you get the financing to kick start your company – how? How valuable is your plan to a prospective investor? All six seminars, presented by TEC’s Executives-in-Residence (EIRs) or Business Development Associates, will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the TEC Centre Atrium, ...

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TEC VenturePrize - Far More Than A Competition

If you’re thinking about entering your startup company in TEC Edmonton’s 2015 TEC VenturePrize Business Plan Competition, read on.

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From U of A local Falling Walls research competition, Nermeen Youssef finishes second in the world at Berlin

An excellent story in the YouAlberta Student Life blog entitled  Winning! How Young Academics Are making History at Falling Walls. It's about the three winning student research projects from the Falling Walls Edmonton Lab in September.  As winners, Nermeen Youssef, Zach Storms and Diana Martinez went off to Berlin, Germany to compete in the Falling Walls Lab finale. 

They all did the U of A and Edmonton proud.  Nermeen placed second in the finals from around the world.

Save The Date: VenturePrize 2015 (Apr. 29)

 
Save the date on your calendar: The 2015 TEC VenturePrize business plan competition and awards dinner will take place Wednesday, April 29, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.
 
Details about the 13th annual competition will be announced at the 2015 VenturePrize Launch and Celebration in Enterprise Square on Thursday, January 8 at 3 p.m. RSVP today for this launch event.
 
At that time, full details about the 13th annual competition will be announced. 
 
The event promises to be bigger and better than ever. Most important, every startup company that enters one of the three prize categories will receive invaluable business coaching, mentoring, educational and networking opportunities. 
 
VenturePrize has given a huge boost to dozens upon dozens of Alberta's startup technology companies, most of whom continue to thrive. 
 
See you January 8, and then April 29.

Technology Highlights - December 14

TEC Edmonton helps researchers protect, develop and
commercialize new technologies.
 

New Grants

NSERC I2I Phase I grant
 
TEC Edmonton has worked with Dr. James Harynuk in securing an NSERC I2I Phase I grant worth $125,000 to further the Harynuk group’s arson research and develop a fully fledged commercial prototype software package for arson investigation that will be subjected to ongoing testing and validation in the RCMP Forensics Laboratory.
 
Moreover, in order to prove that the core aspect of the software can be used for a variety of applications beyond arson investigations, the group will work towards demonstrating that their technology can improve offerings for automated identification of bacteria, which will open doors to many other opportunities.
 
Previously TEC Edmonton had been awarded with an NSERC I2I Market Assessment grant for this project, the outcome of which formed part of the successful Phase 1 application.

Technology Highlights - December 14

TEC Edmonton helps researchers protect, develop and
commercialize new technologies.
 

New Grants

NSERC I2I Phase I grant
 
TEC Edmonton has worked with Dr. James Harynuk in securing an NSERC I2I Phase I grant worth $125,000 to further the Harynuk group’s arson research and develop a fully fledged commercial prototype software package for arson investigation that will be subjected to ongoing testing and validation in the RCMP Forensics Laboratory.
 
Moreover, in order to prove that the core aspect of the software can be used for a variety of applications beyond arson investigations, the group will work towards demonstrating that their technology can improve offerings for automated identification of bacteria, which will open doors to many other opportunities.
 
Previously TEC Edmonton had been awarded with an NSERC I2I Market Assessment grant for this project, the outcome of which formed part of the successful Phase 1 application.

Former TEC VenturePrize winner DataGardens featured in Calgary Herald

An Interesting story in the Calgary Herald, entitled "DataGardens grows corporate IT security in cloud" by technology startup business columnist Lloyed Lobo (published in the Dec. 5, 2014  online newspaper edition) about former TEC Edmonton client and 2008 TEC VenturePrize Fast Growth Competiton winner DataGardens.

Edmonton-based DataGardens has grown to the point where it provides IT cloud security to some of the best-known multinationals in the world, such as Coca-Cola, Dell and Hewlett Packard.  

Thanks, DataGardens CEO Geoff Hayward,  for the mention of TEC Edmonton and Innovate Calgary as important support services that startup companies  should take advantage of.

http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/datagardens-grows-corporate-it-security-in-cloud

The wit and wisdom of U of A alumnus Bindi Karia, AKA the "Queen of Startups," Bindi Karia

U of A alumnus Bindi Karia (right),  known in England as the "Queen of Startups", was being interviewed during the U of A School of Business Alumni Association's Annual Dinner by TEC Edmonton CEO Chris Lumb (left). Photo: Pixels by Capri University of Alberta School of Business 1994 graduate Bindi Karia came back to Edmonton on November 7, 2014 to be the featured guest at the School of Business Alumni Association Annual Dinner in the Winspear Centre.  After graduation, Karia went on to London, England where, with a major accounting firm, she developed expertise in working with entrepreneurs. Now affectionately referred to in the English financial press as the “Queen of Startups,” Karia is the London-based VP of Entrepreneur Banking for Silicon Valley Bank, a world-wide lender to technology companies that has funded more than 30,000 startups.  In a lively Q and A with TEC Edmonton CEO Chris Lumb as moderator, Karia had much to say. Here are some of her observatio ...

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Bloom Burton has high praise for the TEC Edmonton Health Accelerator

Brian Bloom, co-founder and President of Bloom Burton & Co. It was what you could realistically call a ringing endorsement of TEC Edmonton’s new TEC Health Accelerator, from Canada’s top health care investment banking firm, no less. “Quite frankly, we first came to Edmonton secretly dreading the pitch we thought we’d hear from TEC,” said Brian Bloom, co-founder and president of Canada’s leading health care investment house, Bloom Burton & Co.  Bloom was the keynote speaker at the launch of the TEC Edmonton TEC Health Accelerator, Nov. 27, 2014 in Edmonton. Bloom is not one to pull his punches. “We regard many such (accelerator) projects as massive wastes of public dollars, as sinkholes of money. But TEC Edmonton’s TEC Health Accelerator is doing the right things. This is all about supporting winners, providing advisory services, mentoring, creating market awareness, networks and introductions so the cream can rise to the top. & ...

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Technology Highlights - November 14

TEC Edmonton helps researchers protect, develop and commercialize new technologies.   New Patents Method for the Organocatalytic Activation of Carboxylic Acids for Chemical Reactions Using Orthosubstituted Arylboronic Acids Patent No. 8,822,720 - Dr. Dennis Hall, Dr. Olivier Marion, Dr. Raed Al-Zoubi   On September 2, 2014, Dr. Dennis Hall of the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta, in collaboration with former post-doc Dr. Olivier Marion and former student Dr. Raed Al-Zoubi, received issued U.S. patent, No. 8,822,720, titled "Method for the Organocatalytic Activation of Carboxylic Acids for Chemical Reactions Using Orthosubstituted Arylboronic Acids".   The patent describes a synthetic chemistry method to create what are known as "amide bonds", a very common structure often found in high value pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.  Unlike traditional methods, this chemistry allows the reaction to be done in a simple fashion at ...

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