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The future of power sports is sustainable

Taiga motor founders tapped into a burgeoning market for cleaner alternatives to snowmobiles at just the right time. The Dobson Cup winner sits down with McGill News to share the latest on their growing popularity and plans for rollout. 

On the agenda is extending the snowmobile’s battery life, a product launch for the general public in 2020, and translating their technology to other power sport applications.

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Published: 24 May 2018

Cimpl chairman on his career and motivation

Jeff Speak, Chairman at Cimpl and long-time Dobson Cup judge, reflects on the people and formative moments in his life that led him to pursue a career in entrepreneurship.

In his present role, he is adamant about the importance of listening when making key decisions.

As he says, “You become wiser when you don’t talk. By listening, you can get more data points to help you make your decisions.”

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Published: 16 May 2018

Upwards and onwards...Another successful year at the McGill Dobson Cup!

On the 5th of April, the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship was once again alive and vibrant with the culmination of the McGill Dobson Cup 2018 powered by National Bank and the announcement of the year’s winners. This year, 84 teams competed in the Semi-Finals round with the top 40 teams moving forward into the Finals on March 28th 2018.

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Published: 8 May 2018

Meet the 2018 Food and Agribusiness Convergent Innovation Prize Winner

By Joëlle Rondeau, Research Assistant, McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics

The McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics (MCCHE) at the Desautels Faculty of Management, together with the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) and Trussbridge, are proud to announc...

Published: 27 Apr 2018

McGill Food Startups Connecting with Montreal’s Food and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

By Joëlle Rondeau, Research Assistant, McGill Centre for the Convergence of Health and Economics

On the evening of March 21, 2018, McGill students and entrepreneurs from diverse horizons gathered at Esplanade, a collaborative space dedicated to entrepreneurship and social innovation in Montreal’s Mile-Ex neighbourhood.

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Published: 27 Apr 2018

Taiga Motors takes the carbon footprint out of snowmobiling

Winner of the 2016 McGill Dobson Cup, Taiga Motors, is busier than ever these days. As they prepare to release the world's first electric snowmobile in 2019, their zero-emission product is sure to revolutionize the popular winter activity.  

Taiga Motors co-founder, Samuel Bruneau is adamant that the tech will soon make it a perfect recreation tool, envisioning trailside chargers for tour operators and at warming huts and cabins.

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Published: 25 Apr 2018

Lufa Farms brings the garden to your table

A decade ago, McGill Dobson Cup participants Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell set out to change the way that Montrealers get their fresh produce through their innovative venture, Lufa Farms.

Since then, they have grown to a 200-person operation and have attracted the attention of many, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who toured Lufa's newest greenhouse in the Montreal suburb of Anjou.

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Published: 25 Apr 2018

Presenting the 2018 McGill Dobson Cup Winners

This year’s McGill Dobson Cup finals saw 40 teams from across the University competing for a portion of over $100,000 in seed funding.

As in the past, the startups were competing across four tracks: Social Enterprise, Health Sciences, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise, which ensured a wide diversity of ideas.

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Published: 11 Apr 2018

Taiga motors will soon shake up snowmobile industry

Taiga Motors, founded by McGill Engineering grads and winners of the McGill Dobson Cup, is preparing to launch the very first electric snowmobile — a vehicle that can go from zero to 95 kilometers per hour in three seconds and boasts zero emissions.

The company has already collected a few hundred preorders, with hopes to reach 1,000 by the end of the summer.

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Published: 20 Mar 2018

Guess who was on Dragon's Den last week?

Chic Marie - 3rd place winner of the McGill Dobson Cup 2015 - was on Dragon's Den last week!

If you want to learn how to negotiate like a boss and strike the perfect balance between conveying your story yet keeping it concise, look no further. Watch how Marie persuades the Dragons to give her what she wants.

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Published: 20 Mar 2018

Dobson Cup semi-finalist is leading the way in sustainable fashion

For Tessa Battistin, founder of Asset Designs and former Dobson Cup semi-finalist, knowing how your clothes are made is just as important as knowing where your food is coming from.

This belief, coupled with her passion for design, is what prompted her to take her sustainable fashion business to the next level.

Battistin’s garments are made with materials that are 100 per cent fair wage and fair labor abroad, or from materials made in Canada.

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Published: 7 Mar 2018

Dobson Centre ranking attracts local attention

A recent technology news roundup published by La Presse includes the McGill Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship’s ranking by UBI Global as a highlight worth noting among local university start-up programs.

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Published: 5 Mar 2018

A sneak peak of world’s first electric snowmobile

Taiga Motors, founded by three McGill Engineering grads and winners of the McGill Dobson Cup, are gearing up to launch the first ever electric snowmobile, the Taiga TS2. They recently invited media to Mont-Tremblant to unveil their product prototype, which did not disappoint.

While Taiga continues to refine their design, the snowmobiles already have two major advantages over competitors: zero-emission and significantly less noise pollution.

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Published: 5 Mar 2018

Taiga Motors on their founding and their future

In a recent interview, Taiga Motors, founded by three McGill Engineering grads and winners of the McGill Dobson Cup, sits down to talk about what spurred their electric snowmobile idea, its innovative design and the path to commercialization.

Following successful testing this past winter, Taiga is due to unveil the production model of its first electric snowmobile in the next couple of months and plans to begin delivery to customers in 2019.

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Published: 1 Mar 2018

Presenting the 2018 Dobson Cup finalists

Following four consecutive days of pitches, the McGill Dobson Cup 2018 powered by National Bank has announced the 40 startup teams that are moving on to the finals on March 28, 2018.

Organized along the four tracks of: Health Sciences, Social Enterprise, Small & Medium Enterprise, and Innovation Driven Enterprise, the teams will be competing for $100,000 in seed funding that will be awarded across the tracks. 

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Published: 1 Mar 2018

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