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John Dobson Foundation donates $2 million to support entrepreneurship at McGill

Montreal, Quebec, July 18, 2017 - The John Dobson Foundation has announced a donation of $2 million – its largest gift to McGill yet – to fund the McGill X-1 Accelerator program run by the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship. The gift will support the X-1 program, now in its third year, as it grows to support and promote entrepreneurship across McGill.

Published: 18 Jul 2017

A conversation with McGill Dobson judge Alexandra Conliffe

Alexandra Conliffe was a judge for the semi-final round of the 2017 McGill Dobson Cup’s Social Enterprise track. She is the Policy Innovation Director for the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and used to be VP Operations for Engineers Without Borders Canada.

Published: 11 Jul 2017

2018 McGill Dobson Cup schedule announced

Budding startups all over McGill will be delighted to see that the schedule for next year’s McGill Dobson Cup is out.

As they do every year, startups will be competing across four categories: Innovation Driven Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, Social Enterprise, and Health Sciences.

Teams need to have at least one founder with a McGill connection; be it a student, staff or faculty member, or a recent graduate.

Published: 11 Jul 2017

McGill X-1 Accelerator: third week at a glance

For week 3 of the McGill X-1 Accelerator, the theme was Business Models and Startup Financials. Podlegal’s Philippe-Olivier Daniel got the ball rolling by telling participants to go for a distinctive company name that’s easy to defend, and by suggesting the book Venture Deals — Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist.

Published: 29 Jun 2017

McGill X-1 Accelerator: second week at a glance

Week 2 of the McGill X-1 Accelerator is done! From an opening session with serial entrepreneur Luc Giguere, the week progressed through a second look at Bill Aulet’s Disciplined Entrepreneurship; then design thinking with Juniper founder Mike Ross (MBA'11) who discussed a five-step approach, plus the value of in-depth customer interviews.

Published: 21 Jun 2017

McGill X-1 Accelerator: first week at a glance

Week 1 of the 10-week 2017 McGill X-1 Accelerator has come and gone. As participants readied their startups for the journey to investment and launch, they got to know the program and each other, as well as Bill Aulet’s seminal book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, which will be their roadmap through the program.

Published: 15 Jun 2017

2016 McGill Dobson Cup winners eye US expansion

From winning first place for Social Enterprise track in the 2016 McGill Dobson Cup to an upcoming US tour with an eye towards expansion, McGill alumni Chloe Chow (BSc’15) and Sarah Fennessy know they’re onto a good thing. As students, both had waited long to see a campus counsellor, so they started Vent Over Tea to help fill the gaps left by more traditional therapy solutions.

Published: 14 Jun 2017

John Dobson Medal awarded to CEO of Resolute Forest Products

Richard Garneau has long been an advocate for Canada’s forestry industry, and now the Resolute CEO is being recognized for it with the John Dobson Medal for Free Enterprise.

In the words of Michel Kelly-Gagnon, CEO of the Montreal Economic Institute that awards the medal every year, “We look for individuals who are vocal in their defence of the free market,” and concludes that “This year’s winner is one hell of a fighter.”

The John Dobson Foundation supports efforts to spread education about free enterprise and entrepreneurial studies across Canada.

Published: 29 May 2017