What is Entrepreneurship? What does it take to be an entrepreneur?
Have an idea but no team? Have skills but no idea? We’ve got you covered!
These were all topics covered in our Kickstart Innovation & Startup Matchmaking event last night hosted by the McGill Dobson Student Executive Team.
Our Student Executive Team President, Maher Ayari, kicked it off by addressing some of the broader questions of entrepreneurship. He then transitioned into explaining the different programs run by McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship and how people could get involved.
After Maher, the Marketing and Operations Advisor of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Renjie Butalid, gave a brief talk on the past, present, and future of innovation at McGill. He described the McGill Dobson Centre’s approach to innovation, whereby disruptive Innovation = Invention x Commercialization, a methodology and approach adapted from MIT.
Renjie further explained that the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship’s approach is to bridge the gap between research, innovation, and invention at McGill by improving the commercialization process with the help and support of partners across McGill, including but not limited to Innovations Catalyst in Engineering (ICE), Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), and Invention Development and Entrepreneurship Assistance (IDEA).
Then, David Morris, CEO and founder of CoLab joined us to explain his journey through the McGill Dobson Centre. CoLab is an online marketplace for contract scientific research and is a startup that came out of the McGill Lean LaunchPad program last year.
While completing his Master’s, David realized that university laboratories across Canada have billions of dollars of scientific equipment that are underused because there is no way to search for them online. McGill alone has over $2 billion worth of scientific and research equipment in its inventory. This is a huge problem because it holds back research for months at a time, but it is an even bigger problem for the laboratory managers and departments that rely on the revenue generated from contract research to maintain their equipment.
CoLab allows students, professors and laboratory technicians to list their scientific equipment and services online for free while providing fast and efficient invoicing and payment transfer. CoLab connects laboratories, universities and R&D companies together to foster a more collaborative scientific community.
Once all the speakers were finished, it was networking time! Thanks to the McGill Dobson Student Executive Team, we were able to breakdown the entire 70+ people into smaller groups to facilitate discussion, networking, and startup matchmaking!
Thank you to the 70+ people for coming out. It was an amazing event!