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Ethics: The next wave in AI development

Renjie Butalid, Associate Director of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship, sees an opportunity for Montreal to lead the charge in the development of ethical AI frameworks. Discover the strides that the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, which he cofounded, is making in this endeavor.

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Published: 8 Apr 2019

McGill’s top startups win big at McGill Dobson Cup

Entrepreneurial spirit is abounding on McGill’s campus as evidenced by the impressive lineup of finalists in the 2019 McGill Dobson Cup powered by National Bank.

With a pool of over $200,000 in seed funding up for grabs, discover who the winning teams are this year.

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Published: 5 Apr 2019

Meet the Tesla of snowmobiles

McGill Dobson Cup winners Taiga Motors discuss the path to commercialization of the world’s first electric snowmobile, which boasts 0-60 mph in just three seconds and zero emissions to boot.

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Published: 4 Apr 2019

Montreal puts stake in ground for ethical AI

If Montreal has already emerged as a global AI leader, the city continues to forge new paths by articulating its ethical framework. Renjie Butalid, Associate Director of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship and Co-founder of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute, shares his perspective on this important aspect of AI’s development.

Published: 1 Apr 2019

These headphones can read your thoughts

Dobson X-1 Accelerator participants Orbityl are on a mission to develop a set of headphones that can be controlled by sensing your brain’s activity.

“A lot of the research that we’ve done is in brain-computer interface applications — looking for discrete thoughts that an individual is having as a mechanism to be used for control [of a device],” said Orbityl co-founder Sean Kaiser.

Published: 28 Mar 2019

“No one ever says you can create your own job”: Catalyzing women’s big ideas

Randi Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media recently spoke at Place des Arts in Montreal about empowering fellow women to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions without qualms, particularly in the tech sector.

Published: 21 Mar 2019

Meet the women shaking up the startup scene

Hear from the women who have founded successful startups through the McGill Dobson Centre as they share their advice for navigating the heady world of entrepreneurship.

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Published: 8 Mar 2019

Can AI improve depression treatments?

Montreal startup and McGill Dobson Cup winners, Aifred Health, has developed a system that uses artificial intelligence to help doctors treat their patients struggling with depression more effectively by developing personalized treatment plans for them.

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Published: 8 Mar 2019

Mastercard Foundation in support of the Dobson Cup

The McGill Dobson Cup powered by National Bank is pleased to announce a new prize, the Mastercard Foundation-Dobson Startup Awards, which total $23,000 and will focus on innovations in Social Enterprise.

The award will be divided as follows: First prize at $15,000, Second prize at $5,000 and third prize at $3,000.

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Published: 12 Feb 2019

The road to greatness for McGill startup

McGill Dobson Cup participants Aifred Health won first place and a $35,000 Milestone Award in the latest stage of the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE. By doing so, they also became one of 30 teams to qualify for the next phase of the four-year, $5-million competition whose final winner will be announced in 2020.

Published: 11 Feb 2019

Meet the Dobson Cup semi-finalists

After receiving countless applications from across McGill University and much deliberation, the 108 startups moving to the 2019 McGill Dobson Cup semi-finals have been selected. Learn more about their big ideas.

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Published: 28 Jan 2019

Major funding propels TemperPack to next level

McGill Dobson Cup winners TemperPack have raised $22.5 million in financing from a group of venture capitalists.

Presently operating in Virginia and Nevada, TemperPack engineers, manufactures and distributes sustainable packaging products that replace single use plastics.

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Published: 11 Jan 2019

Montreal emerges as tech leader in 2018

The past year saw many significant milestones for Montreal’s tech sector, including its emergence as an AI leader, the significant financial backing of its many startups, and the recognition of the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship as a top university-affiliated incubator by UBI Global.

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Published: 7 Jan 2019

National Bank helps ensure another decade of innovation at McGill

Building on their support of the Dobson Cup since 2011, National Bank has gifted a further $4 million toward McGill’s premiere startup competition, ensuring vital support for the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs at McGill.

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Published: 20 Nov 2018

McGill University’s Dobson Cup receives $4-million contribution from National Bank

The contribution will support the University’s flagship startup competition and provide additional seed funding for student entrepreneurs

The Dobson Cup, McGill University’s flagship startup competition and fertile training ground for students and professors with bold business dreams, has received a significant financial injection on its 10th anniversary in the form of a $4-million contribution from National Bank, one of its long-time supporters.

Published: 19 Nov 2018

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