Brilliant Entrepreneurship Develops Brilliant Business Ideas

Brilliant Entrepreneurship Develops Brilliant Business Ideas

Sometimes the idea is the easy part. Then comes the challenge: how to make it a viable business venture. Getting a cool business idea off the ground is one of the biggest hurdles confronting any young entrepreneur. Maybe you’re an inventor, but you don’t have the business savvy or the available time to take your idea to the next level. When you’re new to the business world, the learning curve can be sharp. Sometimes it can be too steep. Where can you turn for advice and guidance? There’s a powerful entrepreneurial buzz these days at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology(UOIT). The learning environment on campus is dynamic and those with ambitious plans and bright ideas are taking advantage of a supportive new entrepreneurial culture – appropriately called Brilliant. Brilliant Entrepreneurship provides business development tools and skills such as workshops and bootcamps, incubation space, mentorship, networking and funding opportunities. During February’s mid-semester Reading Week, UOIT Brilliant Entrepreneurship and Spark Innovation Centre collaborated to deliver an intensive three-day entrepreneurial bootcamp for university students. The challenge: develop a viable business idea for the information technology and media industries. “Bootcamp participants from different university faculties went through the entire business startup experience – from the exuberance of the initial idea to the challenge of execution,” says David Pamenter, Executive-in-Residence, UOIT Brilliant Entrepreneurship. “After the first day, five teams were formed. We grouped students with different sets of entrepreneurial skills and challenged them to develop one great business idea they would later pitch to a panel of judges.” Students received catalyst tools and the support and guidance of experienced advisors, from Spark...
FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST Robotics Competition

Fifty high school robotics teams from across Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and the states of New York and Texas will converge at the joint Durham College / University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) campus from Thursday, March 10 to Saturday, March 12 for a three-day robotics showdown at the FIRST® Robotics Canada (FRC) Greater Toronto East Regional competition. The event in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre (CRWC) is free and open to the public. More than 1,000 students will demonstrate their engineering skills and knowledge playing FIRST Stronghold™, the new game developed for the 2016 competition, as they contend for a coveted spot at the FRC World Championship. Schedule: Thursday, March 10 • Practice rounds Friday, March 11: • Opening ceremonies: 8:30 a.m. • Qualification matches: 9 a.m. to noon; 1 to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, March 12: • Final rounds: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. • Awards ceremony: 4:30 p.m. Parking: Enter off Simcoe Street North or Conlin Road and proceed to the Founders 3 parking lot. Follow the signs to the CRWC. Start time: 12:30 p.m. End time: 6:00...