Kickstart Innovation & Startup Matchmaking Recap

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.

Maher Ayari, President of the McGill Dobson Student Executive Team introducing the event

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).

Renjie Butalid, Marketing and Operations Advisor, giving a talk on innovation at McGill

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.

David Morris, CEO and founder of CoLab

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!

Startup Matchmaking!

Thank you to the 70+ people for coming out. It was an amazing event!

Click here to check out a listing of all McGill Dobson Centre Entrepreneurship Events for 2016-17


Calvin Wren

Calvin is the Editor-in-Chief for The Dobson Chronicles. He’s in U3, finishing a triple concentration in Finance, Information Systems, and Strategic Management. Calvin founded Citybuddy, a travel service for women wishing to travel alone and in security. He also feeds his own music blog and is fascinated by e-commerce.