McMaster Launches Program to Help Young Entrepreneurs: Open to post-secondary students and recent graduates across Ontario

Book smarts meet street smarts in McMaster University’s latest program intended to help young entrepreneurs start new businesses.

The Entrepreneurship @ McMaster STEM Program is intended to help young entrepreneurs prepare and launch a business based on innovations they have developed as part of their education. The program is open to Ontario students or recent graduates with two or more years of post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering or math.

“Many science and technology students develop great ideas during their education, but they are hesitant to make the leap from idea to start-up business. This program will guide participants through the steps of launching a technology based start-up company,” explains, Elsie Quaite-Randall, Executive Director of the McMaster Industry Liaison Office.

The year long program features a half-day workshop in May, a week-long, residential entrepreneurship course in July and monthly follow-up meetings from August to March. Participants will study common start-up issues such as marketing, business models, finance and team building.

Additional details and an application form are available at:

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McMaster CAS Outreach

The McMaster Department of Computing and Software is running an outreach program, the details of which can be found at the recently revamped website: The program provides resources to students, teachers and parents to learn and have fun with Computer Science and Software Engineering. In particular, the outreach program is now able to conduct classroom visits with teachers that request them:

Here is one testimonial from a teacher who participated in a classroom visit:

“My students found the outreach program to be very informative and were excited to learn about an area of study that is relevant to their lives. They are looking forward to further exploration of computer science and are eager to take part in any workshops that may be available to them.” – Cherie Lewis, Gr. 7 teacher at W.H Ballard Elementary School

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop talks about “The Mobile Future” at McMaster

Stephen Elop, CEO and President of Nokia, will be giving a talk this April 1st, 2011 at 2:30pm in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning (MDCL) Room 1305/1307 at McMaster University. Mr. Elop graduated from the computer engineering and management program (1986) at McMaster.

Full details on the event can be found here:


“Hear what the future holds for mobile communications. Stephen Elop, the first Canadian to head Nokia worldwide, and a graduate of McMaster University, will discuss how mobile technology is connecting the world.”

Startup Drinks comes to Halton-Hamilton

Startup drinks is coming to Halton-Hamilton, March 29th 2011 at 5:00pm at the Black Bull British Pub!

Information on Startup Drinks taken from the Startup Drinks about page:

“Startup Drinks is a monthly freestyle networking event hosted in pubs and bars by startup community instigators from coast to coast. We keep it a presentation free and sponsor free because the point is to make connections over drinks and…..relax a little. You can talk shop, geek out or just shoot the breeze. Startup Drinks promotes synchronized drinking so if you’re out of town, chances are you could attend in another city.”

You can find information on the Halton-Hamilton Startup Drinks here:

The Big DiF – Innovation Factory’s annual open house

The Big DiF, Innovation Factory’s annual open house, networking and celebration event for Hamilton’s innovation community:

“Join Innovation Factory for Refreshments, Music, Networking, Keynote Speaker Mark Chamberlain of Trivaris, and the Unveiling of Our Flight Program.”

Click here for tickets and more information

When: Thursday March 24, 2011 from 5:30-8:00pm
Where: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton ON

CIPS-GH Event – Understanding Open Data

Time: March 23rd 6P.M. – 8P.M.

The London Tap House
31 John Street South (John at Main)
Phone: 289-396-8779
Note: Meeting is taking place in the basement level only accessible by stairs

Topic: Understanding Open Public Data

Open public data is publicly available information that is also findable, accessible, machine-readable, and sharable. Liberated from proprietary and read-only formats, open public data allows citizens to understand their government better, make more informed decisions, build useful public services, and even realize entrepreneurial opportunities

Presenter: Ryan McGreal – Editor of Raise the Hammer <>

Ryan McGreal is the editor of Raise the Hammer, a Hamilton based web magazine focused on urban issues. He lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant.

Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Several of his essays have been published in the Hamilton Spectator, and he occasionally blogs for OpenFile Hamilton.

Register for the event here:


Think you’ve got what it takes to build a cool app or website in one weekend and try to make some money off the idea too? Then NextCamp might be for you!

The inaugeral edition of NextCamp will be made up of two events: NextCamp.IdeaPitch and NextCamp.Demo. At NextCamp.IdeaPitch presenters get 5 minutes to propose a software project that can be developed in one weekend. At NextCamp.Demo presenters will get 5 minutes to demo that software. At both events, presenters will get 5 minutes of Q&A feedback from the audience.

NextCamp.IdeaPitch will be happening March 17th at 7:00pm-10:00pm at McMaster University – though it is open to anyone interested.

For tickets and full details on the event check out:

“I Sing the Data Open” – Open Data Initiative talk by Nik Garkusha

Tickets: Registration is free, but the room has a limited capacity.

Speaker: Nik Garkusha, Open Source Strategy Lead of Microsoft Canada

Date: Thursday March 10th, 2011.

Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm


Engineering Technology Building – Room 227
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario

Topic: “I Sing The Data Open” (Open Data Initiatives)

We’ll discuss what’s and why’s of open data, why it’s a big deal both in Canada and WorldWide, how it fits as part of Open Gov initiatives as well as how private companies and organizations can find business opportunities to use open data, talk about developer opportunities with open data in Canada, walk through some examples & talk about short term and long term views on development in the open data space.


Professional geek, technology evangelist, open source strategist, open data enthusiast, web developer and consultant and marketing professional. Nik is the founder of, and works as the Open Source Strategy Lead at Microsoft Canada ( responsible for building relationships with the local Open Source developer and Open Government communities.

More Information:

See Nik Garkusha’s blog post for a preview of the talk.