November 2017: First place winners of Dawson’s Den: Bradley Heaven and Danny O’Conner

If you attended the grand finale of Dawson’s Den’s on November 16, you probably felt a few goosebumps hearing Bradley’s voice for his startup pitch, All Access Life.  Twenty teams presented their entrepreneurial projects on the Monday of EWeek 2017. The audience voted ten teams to move on to the Thursday finals when Bradley and Danny blew the audience away!

Social Science student, Bradley Heaven and his technical aid, Danny O’Conner can read each other’s minds.  This beautiful connection between the two and their ease in working together, has led them to identify a need in the community of people with disabilities.  I first met them early October when they came to my office seeking advice on a website they were creating – All Access Life, a one-stop-shop for accessibility needs that features information about current technology, apps, resources and more.

When I saw how much research and work had been put into their project, I knew instantly that they would take the first prize for the pitch competition held during Entrepreneurship Week (EWeek). I had to convince them to pitch!!  Well, after a few discussions, they decided to do it!!

A jury of five judges were unanimous in their decision.  Josh Miller of Fuller Landau, Liette Lamonde of La Fondation Montréal inc, Frantz Saintellemy of Groupe3737, Guy Bazinet of PME MTL and Jennifer de Vera of Sustainable Dawson awarded Bradley & Danny  the grand prize of 1000$, a Google Chromebook, Business in a Box and coaching from YES Montreal. An additional new prize of 250$ was awarded this year for the most sustainable project, offered by the newly created Dawson College Office of Sustainability. Jenny de Vera who represented the Office, was very emotional when offering this prize to the team – The Sustainability Prize goes to the project that most reinforces the Dawson College value of Well-being for All by demonstrating a positive, sustainable contribution to society, the economy or human and ecological health

Bradley and Danny launched the site right after their EWeek win. Their next steps will be to select a legal structure and apply for grants to transform the site to WCAG 2.0 (disabilities friendly). The Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education will continue to support and guide Bradley and Danny. Next stop – Concours Quebecois en entrepreneuriat!

For more news on Bradley: High school graduation a triumph for John Rennie’s Bradley Heaven by JOHN MEAGHER, MONTREAL GAZETTE.

You will find Bradley’s pitch here in case you missed it.

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New AEC in Creative Entrepreneurship

On October 12, 2016, Dawson College’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education launched a very unique credited Professional Development Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) called Venture Creation for the Creative and Cultural Industries – offered off-campus at our ICMTL location. Twenty-three budding entrepreneurs were accepted into the program after making it through a rigorous selection process and are now well on their way to thinking and acting like entrepreneurs.

This program in is unique for three reasons.  It focuses on the very early stages of starting a commercial business or social enterprise: that stage when a budding entrepreneur doesn’t really know where or how to start, and needs all the support possible.  It supports creative entrepreneurs such as designers, artists and makers. It is offered in an incubation setting.  Read more here

A Celebration of Entrepreneurship Like no Other

On November 14th, 2016 Frank O’Dea, our keynote speaker and co-founder of the Second Cup, was welcomed by a full house of over 250 people. Mr. O’Dea delivered a truly inspirational and moving talk where he detailed his journey from his childhood in Montreal to his life as a homeless person on the streets of Toronto. He further elaborated on how his life changed on a dime, and how he ended up co-founding the Second Cup, a chain of nationwide specialty coffee shops. Mr O’Dea is not only the co-founder of one of the biggest national coffee chains but he also built and founded Pro-Shred Security, a successful international document shredding company and a leader in the document disposal industry.

Frank O’Dea is not only a successful businessman, he is an active member within the non-for-profit community as well. O’Dea saw an opportunity during a chance meeting on an airplane, and launched a worldwide charity: Street Kids International. He has been part of many initiatives to raise funds for, among others, education and children of war.  At the end of his keynote address, Mr. O’Dea graciously accepted to autograph copies of his book, “When All You Have is Hope”. Audience members were able to connect with him and reported being thoroughly impressed by his kindness and humility.  Read more

 Innobahn : The Fast Track to Innovation

On Tuesday, June 7th, 2016,  20 students from Dawson’s S.P.A.C.E. initiative and the iC MTL Summer Incubator took part in the first edition of the Innobahn challenge of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. The students, accompanied by Madeleine Bazerghi and Joel Trudeau, were given the opportunity to network with stakeholders from the city’s business community who are focused on innovation.

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STUDENT DESIGN CHALLENGE- Printemps Numérique-Scénario DigiCamp 2016

From the 6th to the 8th of May 2016 at ETS, DigiCamp introduced 6 company problems for mixed student teams to tackle. Participating schools were ETS, HEC, UQAM, Concordia University, McGill University, and Dawson College. Dawson College participated as a member of ‘École de l’innovation citoyenne’ (EIC).

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FREE Entrepreneurship Workshops and a Summer Incubator

The CIEE is presenting a series of entrepreneurship workshops every Friday starting February 12, 2016 for a period of 15 weeks.
Get more information here.

The CIEE Presents a New Complementary Course – Winter 2016

Designing Solutions for a Better World (Contemporary Issues Domain)

January 2016: Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset? Do you want to help make this world a better place by solving some of the more pressing societal problems? In this new hands-on intensive course,  you will work in a team in order to identify and solve a contemporary issue. More info here!



EWeek 2015 was Incredible!!

November 2015: The two-day public sector strike did not deter the ETeam! They were determined to make EWeek happen by moving the Dawson’s Den Initial Pitch competition to Friday the 13th as a pre-EWeek event and shuffling high-profile ….Read More..




November 2015: A recent ‘École de l’innovation citoyenne’ (EIC) design challenge had students from multiple educational institutions in Montreal come together to develop a new model for urban furniture. The borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville approached École de technologie supérieure (ETS) with their annual problem of collecting, storing, and reinstalling 300 benches and 180 garbage containers and planter boxes. The borough wants to build durable furniture with sustainable materials that can stay in place outside year round …Read MoreUrban Furniture Design Charette 2015




Dawson College Students Volunteer During the International Startup Festival 2015

 ISF2015-enJuly 2015  “You walk away from the experience knowing that you were a witness to some of the most creative minds, inspiring entrepreneurs, and powerful success stories from founders across the world.” Says Dawson College student volunteer, Roxanna Wong.

Dawson College students Sanaz Ahmadi (seen at top right picture), Roxanna Wong and Stephanie Oluwadayi were selected amongst many applicants to work during the International Startup Festival. Attended by startups, entrepreneurs in the making and seasoned inventors, creators and  and world class speakers this event inspired many people to pursue their dreams. Experience has shown that students who volunteer for the International Startup Festival or for EWeek are inspired to pursue entrepreneurship as a career goal or to work for a startup. Speaking of startups…some computer science and marketing graduates worked tirelessly to create and promote an application and startup called Goowi, the brainchild of Augusto Sotelo. Goowi is set to revolutionize the way people give.  The market test was done during the festival with a very creative game representing the concept.  The principle of Goowi is that companies who wish to support causes financially pledge a certain amount but let the crowd select where the donation goes.  Although still in beta mode, you can check it out here

Dawson College graduates forming the Goowi team are from Computer Science: Kevin Hipsagh, Patrick Nicoll, Akash Patel and from Marketing: Khanh-Ha Le, Jennifer Salvatore, Mariam Traore. Congratulations on an amazing, market research, product development and promotional campaign.

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CHNGR bursary of 2000$ awarded to a Social Science Student

June 20, 2015CHNGR We are proud to announce that Daniela Gavriloiu was awarded the first of two scholarships for the CHNRG Ambassador  Program spearheaded by Concordia University. Two Dawson College student ambassadors will work with other partner ambassadors to stimulate innovation and the creation of collective and social entrepreneurship projects on campus. Each Dawson College student will receive a 2000$ bursary for their contribution to this project. for more on the CHNGR program: Stay tuned for a second round of selection in the fall.

Dawson Student Recognized at C2 Mtl 2015

June 4, 2015 – One of our very own students, James Saunders, gets recognized as an up-and-coming entrepreneur during the most prestigious Montreal conference ever. C2 Mtl is a conference like no other. James attended EWeek two years in a row and look at where he is now. Check it out here:


Dawson students win again at the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest!

May 4, 2015 – It is with great pleasure that the Dawson College Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship announces a win for our students at the Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest! This is the 2nd year in a row Dawson students have been honoured with a prize. Eweek’s Dawson Den finalist Meghan Dove Designs represented the college as the winner of a $2000 grant from Desjardins. Meghan was chosen for her educational social network project ‘Ped Day’, an application for schools that combines the best of Facebook groups, LinkedIn and Omnivox, and is intended to unite and improve the education experience of students across programs, schools, the country and around the world.

“By bringing students together we allow the truly motivated to increase their knowledge and expand their network of connections so that by the time they graduate from their program they have an extended database of resources to return to as they enter the workforce. Continued access to the network after graduation will keep them up to date with new innovations by upcoming students and will allow current students to look forward to the alumni of their institutions for inspiration.” – Meghan Dove

Meghan is a graphic design student at Dawson and stood out to the jurors among the 10 000 participants from across the province. The CIEE would also like to recognize the great work of runner up projects Charity Hoppers and Dream Day Services who helped to represent Dawson as a leader in supporting entrepreneurs.

“In schools, the ultimate aim of entrepreneurship is not to “create” future entrepreneurs and teach young people how to start a business, although some may decide to follow this route, but rather to instill in them entrepreneurial values and characteristics such as autonomy, creativity, a sense of responsibility, leadership, solidarity, tenacity, perseverance and teamwork through projects that they organize themselves, that put them at the centre of their learning and that are important to them because, among other things, they meet real needs.” – Quebec Entrepreneurship Contest

Dawson's Entrepreneurship initiative in the Gazette

April 13, 2015: Excerpt: “It’s hard to get creatives into business. They don’t like the word ‘business,’ ” says Madeleine Bazerghi, the lead on Dawson College’s entrepreneurship initiative. The term “creatives,” in this context, means everything from architecture to fashion to crafts and nearly everything in between. Dawson is hoping to bridge the gap between such a broad range of specialties by assembling them under one singular goal: starting a business. In September Dawson, in partnership with CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal, will launch its pilot project version of iC — incubator + campus — an eight-month intensive program stocked with mentors and financial and legal helpers designed to get would-be entrepreneurs ready for the startup world. Read the whole article here:

The CIEE wins CICan Entrepreneurship Award!

March 16, 2015: Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) is proud to announce the winners the first CICan Entrepreneurship Awards. The winning colleges and institutes were celebrated at CICan’s Enabling Entrepreneurship Symposium, which was hosted by Cégep Garneau in Québec City. CICan’s Entrepreneurship Awards recognize colleges and institutes’ excellence in promoting entrepreneurial values as a means of fostering innovation and supporting local economies. Dawson College’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education is one of the proud winners in the Student Entrepreneurship category. Read more here:

Social Innovation - Dawson College Students participate in the Redesign of the Jazzmen Park in Little Burgundy

Do you know who the Montreal Jazzmen were? Did you know that they are worked, lived and played in the Little Burgundy neighborhood of Montreal, not too far away from Dawson College? Check out this web documentary to know more The two winning teams from the Jazzmen Park Design competition were invited to do a stage with the City of Montreal Parks Department in the fall semester of 2014. Interior Design teacher, Scott Millar, Industrial Design teacher, David Weeks, Cégep André-Larendeau‘s Architectural Technology Program teacher, Sylvain Boucher and a city landscape architect supervised the student team in implementing a “Ribbon” scheme for the park. Weekly stage meetings with the city architect and design meetings at Dawson College led to a final high quality presentation board that was presented during a community assembly at the Centre Culturelle Pauline Vanier on the evening of November 11, 2014. Our students were part of a multidisciplinary and inter-institutional team. They are:

  • Amy Spingle, a Dawson College student in the Interior Design program
  • Lina Callisto, a Dawson student in the Industrial Design program
  • Adam Cutts, a McGill University student in the Urban Planning program
  • Oriane Bonnel, a Université de Montréal student in the Industrial Design program.

The City of Montreal has committed to implementing this design proposal in 2016. Compile parcjazzmen222

Dawson Recipients in Recode Round One

November 6, 2014: New philanthropic initiative focused on social innovation and entrepreneurship in Canada’s post-secondary system to be launched at MaRS Social Finance Forum Read the full story.

Dawson College Students Volunteer during the International Startup Festival 2014

July 9-11, 2014: Partheepan and YiQing volunteered their time for the International Startup Festival this July 2014. Partheepan: “Volunteering at the start-up festival was an amazing experience, which gave me the opportunity to meet numerous new individuals, enhances my cooperation and social skills, etc. I loved volunteering for the festival and the people whom I worked with were extremely comprehensive, patient, approachable and disciplined. As a student in health sciences, business and administration is a totally different field and this event gave me quite a good apercu of what it would look like in that kind of work environment. I highly recommend participating for this kind of event; it is indeed worth of your time.” YiQing: “This festival is amazing, I learned a lot from those power lessons. The startup entrepreneurs’ presentations were awesome and led me to some great ideas. This is an unforgettable experience! I learned a lot. Now I’ll pay more attention on study because when I graduate I want be just like them! Wonderful experience, very exciting.”   YiQing Yu, Social Science student

Leucan Thrift Shop wins the Regional Québec Entrepreneurship Contest in the student division!

April, 2014: You may recognize her as the third place winner of Dawson’s Den during EWeek 2013. Annouchka Tchiniaev not only pitched her idea during EWeek but also made it happen. In fact, she also entered in the Concours Québecois en entrepreneuriat and won again! Annouchka Tchiniaev (left) and her VP Serena Drescher are seen here at the Concours Québecois en entrepreneuriat finalist ceremony at City Hall. Leucan won a prize of 500$ and will now move on to the provincial finals on Jun 18th, 2013. Leucan thrift shop was created for Dawson College students who cannot afford to pay market prices for clothes. All the thrift shop proceeds go to Leucan, an organization contributes to cancer research and that provides help to children suffering from cancer. Right after the awards ceremony, Annouchka got busy putting the final touches on a talent show, the proceeds of which will also go to the Leucan organization. A true entrepreneurial spirit and a wonderful human being, Annouchka is sure to make the world a better place.

Dawson College participates in the Jazzmen Park Social Innovation Design Charette

March, 2014: Five Dawson College students from Interior and Industrial Design programs recently participated in the Jazzmen Park design competition in Little Burgundy. The intensive design charette was organized by the Coalition de la Petite Bourgogne under the leadership of the École d’innovation citoyenne spearheaded by the École de technologie supérieure (ETS), a French language Montreal engineering university. Students from ETS and five other schools: Dawson College, McGill University, CEGEP Andre Laurendeau, Université de Montreal, and UQAM, participated. The goal of the Charette was to develop a new identity for the Jazzmen park. Teaching capsules on acoustics, lighting, park design, and community issues were given by the partners on the Friday night, March 14th (5:30 pm to midnight) and on Saturday, March 15th (8:30 am to 7:00 pm). The students then did intensive design studio teamwork on the park and presented their proposals to a large jury of community members and professionals, including Scott Millar, a Dawson College Interior Design teacher, and David Weeks, a Dawson College Industrial Design teacher. Other jury members were teachers from McGill University, CEGEP Andre Laurendeau, a landscape architect from the City of Montreal Parks Department, and an acoustical engineer. All of the work was done on a volunteer basis by the students who gave up their personal time to contribute to this valuable community venture.

Karine Lachance (3rd year Interior Design), Amy Spingle, Rachel Anderson, and Liu, Han Szu (all 2nd year Interior Design students) and Lina Callisto (2nd year Industrial Design student) participated on one of the five multidisciplinary and inter-institutional teams each. Amy Spingle and Lina Castillo were on the two finalist teams who each received prizes of $500 per team. Prizes were provided by Dawson College and CEGEP Andre Laurendeau. The City of Montreal Parks Department will also be offering stages to the winning teams and has committed to implementing the park design(s) in principle.

Dawson College EWeek Wins the Canadian Mentorship Challenge 2013

December, 2013: On behalf of the Startup Canada Board, Canada Business Youth Foundation, and the entire Canadian Mentorship Challenge Volunteer Team, we wish to extend our elated congratulations to Dawson College for becoming the winner of the Canadian Mentorship Challenge! You wowed us with your significant and enthusiastic participation during the course of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 18 – 24, 2013). The impact which you have made in your community has been felt all across Canada and will serve as an example to others. We thank you so much for your dedication to mentoring entrepreneurs to reach higher heights and congratulate you on your dynamic reach of over 1700 participants, overall impact and inspiration. As a result of your efforts we will be awarding you with the ultimate prize:

  1. A featured article on and
  2. Mentoring workshop delivered to your team by CYBF’s Mentor in Residence, Linda Morana. This in-depth workshop will be specially tailored to the needs of the winning organization.
  3. The 2013 Canadian Mentorship Challenge Award

Thank you so much for your efforts to build a more entrepreneurial nation – one enterprising Canadian at a time. With sincere appreciation and congratulations, Canadian Mentorship Challenge Team Matthew Seniuk Canadian Mentorship Challenge Co-Lead Entrepreneurship Empowers Everyone TM/MD

Dawson College Eweek takes place November 18- 21, 2013

May, 2013:

You deserve a break. Join us for Eweek and maybe win some door prizes.

Where were you last year? Over 1050 students, alumni and the general public participated. Do you know that you can win prizes during EWeek? Just what is Eweek anyways?? Eweek stands for Entrepreneurship Week and no, it’s not just about business, it’s about enterprise! Entrepreneurs are farmers, graphic artists, musicians, nurses, chemists, YOU! People who study in business programs learn how to manage a business; entrepreneurs BUILD a business or social enterprise. Social projects like Doctors without Borders and businesses like FACEBOOK are built by entrepreneurs. Dawson College is planning its second annual Entrepreneurship Week (Eweek) with 30 guest speakers in 21 events supported by 50-plus volunteers, 22 community organizations and 10 sponsors. This intensive entrepreneurship boot-camp will be offered over four days. It includes a college version of Dragon’s Den/Shark Tank called Dawson’s Den, the You Innovate local challenge, The Canadian Mentorship Challenge. You can even speed-date an entrepreneur!! How often in your lifetime did you get an opportunity to meet great entrepreneurs?? We are giving you this opportunity. Don’t be shy, they are very approachable. Come and see Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli (BBoy with a twist) or Andy Nulman of the Just for Laughs Festival and much much more All events are open to everybody and are FREE but you must register. Check out the calendar You can register for more than one event. Actually, every event you attend increases your chances of winning the big prize raffled off on November 21. All info is on the calendar. Click on the individual links for event descriptions. By the way, if you have a Big Idea, the Dawson’s Den contest might interest you. Pitch an idea and win prizes. It can be an idea for a business or to solve a social problem like long lineups or traffic jams. Oh, and Like our page too for the big reveal for the YOU INNOVATE challenge The EWeek Team

Dawson College participates in the Quartier de l'innovation - l'École de l'innovation citoyenne

May 13, 2013: Two Interior Design Dawson College students, Mathilde Chauvin-Amyot and Laura Coss-MacDonald accompanied by their teacher Scott Millar, attended the inauguration of the Quartier de l’innovation today. Dawson College is one of the many partners of an ETS-led project to improve the quality of life in the Quartier de l’innovation (QI). The QI is defined by the boundaries of the south-west of Montreal. The project is called École de l’innovation citoyenne. Our two students will be busy planning a series of activities culminating in a special edition of the 24 heures de l’innovation organized by the ETS. Stay tuned for more details coming this fall.


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