U of G connected start-up, The Happy Era, has recieved entrepreneurship and start-up support on and off campus which has fuelled their success.
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The Research Innovation Office at the University of Guelph (U of G), in partnership with the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the U of G, hosted the Gryphon’s LAAIR Pitch Competition, the highlight of the Research Innovation Festival.
FloNergia is making waves in the aquaculture and water purification sectors with energy efficient airlift pumps that were created using the research of Dr. Wael Ahmed. Even before this Canadian start-up incorporated in 2016, the Research Innovation Office (RIO) was actively supporting Dr. Ahmed and FloNergia to help them to navigate toward success. Today – just five years after formation – FloNergia is a global company with distributors in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Jane Ong, co-founder of Neophyto Foods, won the $25,000 grand prize at the 2020 Rhyze and Shine! Pitch Competition on October 21, 2020. The event was the culmination of the first cohort of the Rhyze Ventures program that helped female entrepreneurs to optimize their business and leadership skills through classes, business projects, mentorship, and pitch training. Nine entrepreneurs in the Rhyze cohort, including Ms.
In 2017, the University of Guelph made a commitment to support academic entrepreneurship and formed a New Venture Creation team. Housed within the Research Innovation Office, these specialists support researchers who see commercial potential in their research. Offering incubation, mentorship and market research support, this group has helped researcher led teams to validate the market viability of their inventions and to create start-up companies to take innovative research-based products and services to market.
Working with start-ups and academic entrepreneurs is a part of the day-to-day work that our New Venture Creation team performs. Their focus is on helping bring products and services based in UofG research to market through programming and mentorship support. While doing this work, they field a lot of questions from business founders who need resources that are readily available in the larger Guelph innovation and start-up ecosystem.