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IG has a very supportive, informative and professional team who have assisted me with strategy and keeping motivated. Much appreciated! Paul Radkowski Life Recovery Program

Innovation Guelph was willing to put together a workshop because I expressed a need that I was having difficulty having met. Thanks for being willing to go the extra mile IG! Krista Brown, Linden Valley

It's an honour and a privilege to be a part of the mentoring team at Innovation Guelph. - Monica Schut

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Innovation Guelph, Volume 1

WELCOME !!! ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SOCIAL WELLBEING HAVE BEEN BOTH CORNERSTONES AND PILLARS IN THE CITY OF GUELPH’S GROWTH STRATEGY FOR MANY YEARS. With many businesses expanding or

impacted numerous startups and more

locating in the area, a university and

mature companies throughout the city. IG’s

college thriving with graduates, and more

mentors are essential to helping Guelph

people destined to make Guelph their

companies develop their businesses,

home through the Places to Grow Act, there

secure financing, hire talented people

was a need emerging in the community to

and ultimately contribute to the

help entrepreneurs locate in the city, build

wellbeing of the community. What a

their businesses, attract key talent, spur

great success... but there is still much more

more development and contribute to the

to come!

tax base. In 2010, Lloyd Longfield – then the

Under the leadership of Jamie Doran, Innovation Guelph’s Chief Executive Officer,

Chief Administrative Officer of the Guelph

Innovation Guelph is taking major

Chamber of Commerce and now one of

strides to becoming one of the most

Innovation Guelph’s mentors – proposed

progressive and successful RICs in the

that we create an organization in Guelph

province. The organization continues to

to be one of the 14 Regional Innovation

collaborate with the University of Guelph,

Centres (RICs) in the province. This

Conestoga College, the City of Guelph’s

organization would benefit the city’s

economic development department, key

business enterprises and help Guelph’s

businesses of all sizes, financial institutions,

growth strategy be realized.

angel and venture capital groups, and

With the help of Kirk Roberts, a

both provincial and federal government

former executive with Open Text and an

agencies. Innovation Guelph is poised to

entrepreneur himself who had started

continue making a real difference in the

several successful businesses, the three

community. It’s just so much fun hearing

of us embarked on a journey to develop a

the success stories and being a part of a

business plan and ultimately secure both

vibrant and exciting group of professionals.

provincial and federal funds. The inevitable

I can’t wait to see the next chapter and

occurred and Innovation Guelph started,

then Volume 2.

grew and today is thriving. The rest of the story is history – even if the idea is only four years old. Innovation Guelph has established a group of business mentors that have

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BRIAN COWAN CHAIR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“Innovation Guelph is poised to continue making a real difference in the community.”

Innovation Guelph his tory less on Shop class?! Brian and Jamie at the Speedway launch party

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IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I WELCOME YOU TO INNOVATION GUELPH VOLUME ONE, OUR FIRST OFFICIAL REPORT TO OUR COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDERS. Our whole team has been quite excited

positively to the prosperity and wellbeing

to share all of the stories you’ll find in this

of the community. We know it is our

yearbook. I hope you enjoy learning

responsibility to help innovators,

about the cool initiatives that IG has

entrepreneurs and companies reach

been a part of over these past few

their potential. As our population grows,

years and, most importantly, about all of

so should the quality of life for all who live,

the amazing companies that have come

work, and play here. To this end, IG aims be

through our door. IG Volume 1 is for you!

a leader and an active partner in Guelph’s

I am proud to be the CEO of Innovation Guelph. It’s a really special place to work.

thriving business ecosystem. People ask me, “What’s on the horizon

Our team cares so much about the

for Innovation Guelph?” I tell them that

work we do in the community and the

this region is really flowering. If you look

companies we coach. I’ve had people

at the kinds of companies growing roots

remark to me that they are amazed at

here you’ll see that Guelph’s a fertile place

all the stuff IG seems to do with such a

for innovative entrepreneurs. Keep this in

small team. Our team is empowered to

mind as you read the client stories in this

be creative and action-oriented – we’re

yearbook! Innovation Guelph will continue

always looking to improve our programs

to make sure that the right resources are in

and services and collaborate with our

place so that these great companies have

community partners to build the best

the best shot at success.

business ecosystem we can. Maybe most important is that we’re always willing to help. Innovation Guelph is only four years old – incorporated on July 27, 2011 – and we’ve grown up a lot since then. We’ve come to understand our role in

Thank you for working with us on this journey.

- JAM IE

DR. JAMES DORAN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

the region and how we can contribute

Yearbook Club Content Development, Layout, Design: Creative Worth creativeworth.ca With files from: Tanya Darisi, Peggy Dix, Jamie Doran, Sasha Odesse Photo credits: Kevin Boon, Chris Tiessen, Corinne Taylor, Heather Watterworth

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Orientation

IG 101 MISSION

Innovation Guelph spearheads innovative approaches to prosperity and community wellbeing. We help ideas start, grow, and thrive by cultivating entrepreneurs, developing powerful partnerships, and supporting innovative initiatives that transform the way we do things in business and in our community. We help companies, entrepreneurs and youth to explore and solve business challenges through our hands-on approach to business coaching. WE’RE COMMITTED TO HELPING BUSINESSES SUCCEED.

We work with The City of Guelph, the region, local organizations, and community groups to strengthen community projects that will IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN GUELPH.

Not as tough as we look

QUICK FACTS ● Established October 2010 ● Incorporated July 2011 ● One of 17 Regional Innovation Centres in Ontario

● 500+ companies coached ● 9 Mentors ● 7 Staff ● $20M invested in client companies since inception

● More than 7,000 people have participated in educational workshops and events 5

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Organizational Goals

ACT AS A CATALYST

BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE

for entrepreneurial initiative

INNOVATION SECTOR

INNOVATION INITIATIVES

in the City of Guelph and

that bring prosperity and wellbeing

surrounding region

to our region

MANAGE A TEAM OF

PROVIDE A ‘ONE-STOP SHOP’

PROVIDE PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

CONTRIBUTE TO COMMUNIT Y

to address the needs of entrepreneurs,

EXPERIENCED ADVISORS

FOR CLIENTS

community organizations, researchers and

to help companies determine which

to access all available commercialization

business leaders

resources best match their product, goals,

programs and services in the region,

and stage of company development

regardless of sector

ASSIST COMPANIES,

PERFORM OUR ROLE IN THE

startups, small and medium-sized

ONTARIO NETWORK OF

enterprises, and multinationals to

ENTREPRENEURS (ONE) to be an

achieve growth of market share, enter

effective and efficient regional program and

new markets, increase employment,

service delivery system based on a regional

and improve their bottom line

alliance of business support agencies

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REPORT CARD

2014/15 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015) Leadership

70

+

CLIENT SERVICES

929

STARTUPS COACHED

BUSINESS COACHING HOURS

8M

$

IN INVESTMENT

= 24 hours

Extracurriculars EVENTS

MORE THAN

38

1,500

EVENTS HOSTED

15 Workshop Series 7

12 Client Intake Sessions

ATTENDEES

6 Networking Events

2 Community Events

2 Pitch Competitions

1 Film Screening

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rt! o f f e g S t ron

Participation INFLUENCE & REACH

8,500

+

1,322 NEW TWITTER FOLLOWERS 1,360 TWITTER MENTIONS 1,684 TWITTER RETWEETS

UNIQUE WEBSITE VISITORS

26,000+

UNIQUE PAGE VIEWS

MARCH 31, 2014 515 LIKES

300+ NEW FACEBOOK LIKES APRIL 1, 2014 215 LIKES

Math FINANCIALS

ANNUAL REVENUES

EXPENSES

$1.5M

$1,189,592

$1M

$1,037,077 $797,804

PROGR AMS

SAL ARIES

AND SERVICES

38%

48%

$500K OPER ATING 14%

2013

2014

2015

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ADVANCED MATERIALS & MANUFACTURING

AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY

Be Seen Be Safe Ltd. livestockresearch.ca

Algae Dynamics Corp. convertedcarbon.com

Blais Electric Inc. blaiselectric.ca

Backyard Bok Boks backyardbokboks.com

CDHM Fabrication cdhmfabrication.com

BioBridge Research and Education

Y

W Y

Country Side Excavation countrysideexcavation.com

Escarpment Yeast Labs escarpmentlabs.com CB Y

EveBoardOne eveboardone.com

Flowers to Fragrance flowerstofragrance.com

Y

Futon and Func futonandfunc.com

Lyndon Fish Hatcheries lyndonfishhatcheries.com SC W Y

W

Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. mirexus.com

SC

Practical Precision Inc. practicalprecision.ca TRU-ID liziusconsulting.com

RAMP Inc. rampgrp.com Redtree Robotics Inc. redtreerobotics.com

CB Y

CLASS OF 2014 15

The IG client roster is a dynamic mix of company sizes and industry sectors that reflect our region’s diverse and collaborative business community. CLEAN TECHNOLOGIES

DIGITAL MEDIA & ICT

Envision SQ Inc. envisionsq.com

CTO 2 GO onemotion.ca

Gorkon Industries gorkonindustries.com

Y

Empatico empatico.ca

Green Bug Energy Inc. greenbugenergy.com Guelph Solar guelphsolar.net Intravision intravision.ca

Y

W

Genesys Design Technologies genesysdesigntechnologies.com Handonawhiteboard handonawhiteboard.com

W

Happenate happenate.com

Y

MANTECH Inc. mantech-inc.com

Hunch Manifest Inc. hunchmanifest.com

MixAnox Systems Inc. mixanox.com

Innovative CloudCATS Inc. innovativecloudcats.com

Ontario Energy Matrix ontarioenergymatrix.com

Intrigue Media intrigueme.ca

ReSource H20 resourceh20.com

Lockit Solutions lockitsolutions.com

TEIM Empowered Inc.

ODScore odscore.com

W Y

SC Y SC

W

Plantola plantola.com Something Green Bridal Boutique somethinggreen.ca B W SpeakFeel Corporation speakfeel.ca

CULTURE • SOCIAL • TOURISM

Studios.fm studios.fm

Common Compass commoncompass.com

CB W Y

W

FLOW Office Wisdom flowofficewisdom.com Focus on Nature focusonnature.ca

W

TaaCam Inc. taacam.com

Blue W bluew.org eMerge Guelph emergeguelph.ca

W

B W

TeachIT Community teachitcommunity.com

Y

Transmenu Ltd menulance.com Yikesite Inc. yikesite.com

W

Grey Rock Clothing Co. greyrockclothingco.com B W Y Stonehouse Pottery stonehousepottery.com

9

W

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HONOUR ROLL

FOOD & BEVERAGE [Re]Fresh Jucie Co. refreshjuiceco.com Earth to Kids

K ATAN KITCHENS’ founder and CEO

W

Jamie Draves successfully pitched on

W

CBC’s Dragon’s Den in March 2015 and

Green Table Foods greentablefoods.com W Katan Kitchens katankitchens.ca

is currently in the final stages of due

SC Y

diligence with investor Vikram Vij.

Kiki Maple Sweet trollbridgecreek.ca W La Cucina di Natalina, Italian Cooking School

INTRIGUE MEDIA was honoured with the 2014 Small

italiancookingschoolguelph.com W Linden Valley lindenvalleygourmet.com

Business of the Year award at the Guelph Awards of Excellence,

W

hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce.

Nutrald Foods Inc. nutrald.ca Pasha co.

Y

Revel Cider Company revelcider.com Saucy Gramma saucygramma.com

International recognition has poured in for one of Guelph’s first

CB Y

Benefit Corporations. LUCK Y IRON FISH was named to the

W

Sourdough Ontario sourdoughontario.com

2015 B Corp Best for the World List, selected as a 2015 Awards

B

Station Cold Brew Coffee Co. stationcoldbrew.com Sweet Temptations Cupcakery sweettemptations.ca The Custom Tea Company thecustomteaco.com

B W Y

CB W

The Sustainable Market sustainablemarket.ca Wagram Springs wagramsprings.ca

Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards™, and

Y

W

W

Y

received an INDEX: Design to Improve Life® Award. MEDCANNACCESS received the 2014 Innovation Guelph Award at the Guelph Awards of Excellence in recognition of significant milestones achieved, coachability, and capacity for

Zpirit Foods Inc. zpirit.com

growth.

LIFE SCIENCE & ADVANCED HEALTH

Attending International Startup Fest 2014 in Montréal via the Startup Train, REDTREE ROBOTICS received $150,000 investment and was pre-selected for Montréal’s FounderFuel

Beyond Rewards Inc. beyondrewards.ca W

accelerator. They were also named one of the top five Montréal

BioDatAlign biodatalign.ca

startups to watch, and one of the top 20 startups in Canada.

CB W Y

BioFood Instruments Inc. biofoodinstruments.com Life Recovery Program liferecoveryprogram.com

REVEL CIDER COMPANY founder Tariq Ahmed earned his

Lithe-Alis Technology ehealthyourway.com W

manufacturer’s license and is officially the youngest licensed

MedCannAccess medcannaccess.com

cider maker in North America.

SC Y

NGTRONIX Industries Corp. ngtronix.ca Y PeapodLife peapodlife.com

W

A B2B integrated mobile solutions company, SPEAKFEEL

Performance Plus Online Training Solutions

CORPORATION was awarded $50,000 in funding through

Pharma Launch Inc. bardconsultinggroup.com

the MaRS Embedded Executive Funding program and is one

Protein Manufacturing

Y

The Lucky Iron Fish Project luckyironfish.com Wyndham Forensic Group wyndhamforensic.ca

of only 20 companies selected for the program from 105 B W Y

applicants across Ontario.

W TROLL BRIDGE CREEK’s KiKi Maple Sweet Water has earned a slew of awards in the past year, including an innovative

Legend

beverages competition at the Global Bottled Water Congress

B = Achieved or Pursuing Benefit Corporation Certification

in Budapest, a Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation

CB = Current or Past CBaSE Hub Company

Excellence, and founder Keith Harris was named one of the top

SC = Supercharger Company

10 innovators of the year by Food in Canada magazine in 2014.

W = Woman Founder/Co-founder/Executive Y = Young Entrepreneur Innovation Guelph Volume 1, 2014/15

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ALUMNI These remarkable companies are helping to share Guelph’s innovative and collaborative approach to business with the world. IG is proud to support them on the road to global success. President & CEO: GAVIN ARMSTRONG IG Client Since: December 2012 What does your company do, and why does it matter?

Mentor: Jamie Doran

LUCK YIRONFISH.COM

“The Lucky Iron Fish is a simple health innovation that combats the

Jobs Created: 2

LUCK YIRONFISHPROJECT

global problem of iron deficiency. Simply put this specially formed

Sector: Life Science & Advanced

@LUCK YIRONFISH

iron ingot in your cooking pot, boil for 10 minutes with a bit of

Health/Social Innovation

@LUCK Y_IRON_FISH

citrus, and your food or water will be fortified with at least 75% of your daily required iron intake.” 2014/15 SUCCESSES Which IG services have you used and how have they supported your business growth? “Innovation Guelph provided LIF with mentorship, networking and promotional opportunities, a nomination for the Manning Awards, and a reference for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Saving Lives at Birth grant application.” What makes Guelph and its business community special? “People in Guelph have a strong commitment to supporting social

• • •

Exceeded our 2015 sales target

WOW!

Closed our round one financing on target at $1.3M Expanded the availability of a Lucky Iron Fish online for western consumers in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand

Started our 3rd clinical trial in partnership with the Danish Red Cross

• • •

Named to the 2015 B Corp Best for the World List Selected as a 2015 Awards Finalist by the Edison Awards™ Received an INDEX: Design to Improve Life® Award

enterprises that are trying to make the planet a better place. The outpouring of generous support to increase awareness for our cause, further our research efforts, or just lend a hand packing lunch boxes for global emergency relief, is spectacular.” Being an entrepreneur is... ”about learning from your mistakes.” Most likely to... “run out of fish puns by the end of the fiscal year.”

To put a fish in every pot around the globe.

Future Plans:

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President: ROBERT MENEGOTTO IG Client Since: February 2011 Mentor: Jamie Doran Jobs Created: 10 Sector: Clean Technologies MANTECH-INC.COM MANTECH.INC @MANTECH_INC 2014/15 SUCCESSES

The Ontario Ministry of Environment released a method for MANTECH’s PeCOD Chemical Oxygen Demand Analyzer, which eliminates the use of dichromate

What makes Guelph and its business community special?

and mercury.

MANTECH the 2014 Reader’s Choice

“Guelph has an excellent business community, especially when it comes to the water industry. It has many amenities What does your company do, and why

that MANTECH enjoys, such as the close

does it matter?

proximity to the University of Guelph and

“MANTECH manufactures laboratory and

other companies in the water industry.

process water analysis equipment used

Guelph is also a great place to bring up a

to ensure water is safe for the public and

family with its great business opportunities

environment. We make water analysis

and the university culture.”

award for the PeCOD AssayPlus.

quickly, utilizing green methodologies.”

journals including the American Water Works Association.

how have they supported your business growth?

“It’s also nice to make some profit along the

“MANTECH has used a number of

way in return for solving these problems.”

Which IG services have you used and

Kappala Wastewater Association to test and validate the PeCOD technology with the intent to change the regulatory approved Chemical Oxygen Demand Method to the PeCOD Method by 2016.

Most likely to... “discover new

networking events. MANTECH was also

technologies that will change water analysis

given the opportunity to appear on Roger’s

forever!”

parameters from a 15ml tube further strengthening its position as the leader in greener, more rapid environmental methods that are accurate and trusted.

Future Plans: “To continue improving

business growth by allowing us to make

water analysis instrumentation in order

valuable industry connections and by

to better Guelph, Canada and the world.

increasing our brand awareness.”

We plan to grow and expand in Guelph generating new jobs and opportunities.”

MANTECH has been named a finalist of the Water’s Next 2015 Wastewater Technology Award being presented at

Television through Innovation Guelph. These opportunities have supported

MANTECH released a new innovation that allows for the analysis of multiple water

Innovation Guelph services including business coaching, workshops and

MANTECH was awarded a sole source innovation contract with the Swedish

Being an entrepreneur is...

finding new ways to solve problems.

The PeCOD was the subject of a number of studies and articles, published in trade

and monitoring systems that enable sustainability and provide accurate results

Laboratory Equipment awarded

the Canadian Water Summit in Vancouver on June 25.

Due to an increase in sales and rapid expansion, MANTECH is moving to a new, larger facility in Guelph as of July 1st, 2015.

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Curriculum

SPEEDWAY

TM

LAUNCHED IN JUNE 2014, SPEEDWAY™ IS INNOVATION GUELPH’S SIGNATURE BUSINESS COACHING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM.

SPEEDWAY TM has three tracks:

GEAR UP For Startups

SUPERCHARGER

FAST LANE

For High Potential

For Small and Medium-

Companies

Sized Enterprises

All SPEEDWAY TM companies have access to workshops, networking events and business mentors to help them accelerate their business to revenue, investment and/or scaling.

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SPEEDWAY™ Qualifiers To be accepted into the program, companies must meet at least 3 of 5 criteria:

Incorporated Company

Dedicated Team

Funding or Financing

‘Big Market’

(Ontario)

Key Sector Focus

Business Idea

How We Set Track Records THE 12-POINT INSPECTION IG’s mentor team measures company growth quarterly using a 12-point inspection. Mentors and businesses tweak the ‘engine’ to improve the company’s performance.

2014/15 Speedway Report Card

9 BUSINESS MENTORS

78 SPEEDWAY COMPANIES

7 $8M INVESTED

Gear Up Company

SUPPORT

STAFF

Supercharger Company Innovation Guelph Volume 1, 2014/15

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Curriculum

GEAR UP GEAR UP IS DESIGNED FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND STARTUPS THAT WANT TO ACCELERATE THEIR BUSINESS TO ACHIEVE REVENUE AND/OR INVESTMENT.

Here’s how the Gear Up track is supporting our clients. 2014/15 SUCCESSES

Opened our flagship storefront operation with a bang!

Donated more than $5,000 in cupcakes and dollars

IG PROVIDES:

to community donations, sponsorships, charities and nonprofits in 2014 alone

Up to two hours of mentoring

per month Founder: JAKKI PRINCE

summer 2015 goal to receive B

Hands-on business

IG Client Since: June 2013

Corporation certification

development courses and

Mentor: Steve Barrett

workshops

Jobs Created: 3

Sweet Temptations Cupcakery

Sector: Food and Beverage

Mobile Food Truck for summer

Rolling forward to launching

2015

Opportunities to connect with

other entrepreneurs, service

SWEETTEMPTATIONS.CA

provders and investors

SWEETTEMPTATIONSCUPCAKERY

Aberfoyle Farmers’ Market, where

@SWEET_T_CAKES

we first retailed cupcakes from our

@SWEET_TEMPTATIONSCUPCAKERY

market pop-up shop in May 2011

*Estimated value of $5,000 to $20,000 per year

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Very close to achieving our

Celebrated 5th season of

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Photo: Chris Tiessen

Founder: KELLY BROOKS IG Client Since: August 2012 Mentor: Steve Barrett Jobs Created: 5 Sector: Digital Media & ICT 2014/15 SUCCESSES

Selected as 2015 Embedded Executive Funding recipient

Rebranding of SpeakFeel properties in order to pivot in the changing mobile/ cloud market

Establishing our new enterprise SaaS SPEAKFEEL.CA

called ProductByCloud

@SPEAKFEEL

What does your company do, and why

business, this is really important. We need

funding for 3 separate opportunities,

does it matter?

to access the support from others who have

develop short term and long term

“SpeakFeel develops integrated technical

experience in growing businesses so we can

strategies for accelerated growth, and

solutions (cloud and mobile). We build

make next steps with confidence.”

establish new relationships with potential

solutions for other companies and we

investor groups.”

develop our own product platforms (SaaS).

Which IG services has your company

We are small and lean and use the services

used and how have they supported your

What makes Guelph and its business

at IG to accelerate various initiatives

business growth?

community special?

(marketing, sales, investment) so that we

“IG business coaching and networking

“Collaboration is a key differentiator –

can make a large impact quickly. For small

opportunities have helped us secure

Guelph businesses network and support each other. We have access to Waterloo

What does your company do, and why

succeed. We love interacting with each

does it matter?

team member and connecting on how to

“Life is full of moments: small everyday

work better together.”

moments and major milestones. Sweet Temptations Cupcakery exists to support

What makes Guelph and its business

life’s celebrations and add a treat to mark

community special?

every occasion.”

“The network of individuals that work to support one another - those in business

Which IG services has your company

resource roles, and those who informally

used and how have they supported your

support as peers.”

business growth? “Sweet Temptations Cupcakery has

Being an entrepreneur is... “every day is

enjoyed many services that IG has offered.

what you make of it.”

Working with our mentor Steve Barrett has been truly critical to our success.

Most likely to: “Be the kid at the party

Attending workshops hosted by, and those

going back for seconds of cupcakes and

just hosted in the IG space have been

ice cream and singing happy birthday

informative and well structured, adding

really loud!”

to our skillset to help drive growth. Every member of the IG team is welcoming, and

Future Plans: “To keep working towards

truly engaged in helping our business

awesome, one cupcake at a time.”

resources to learn, yet we keep our business in Guelph. We don’t want to be lost in a sea of thousands when we can excel in a tighter community.” Being an entrepreneur is… “not for the faint of heart. We need to inspire, compete, innovate, perfect, negotiate, transform, respond, trust, provide, discipline, assess, solve and do these things every single day. The rewards are few and far between, but they’re what drive us every single morning when we get out of bed.” Most likely to… “grow our team.” Future Plans: “To deploy our new SaaS platform within the next 6 months and enjoy the whirlwind that goes along with that.”

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Curriculum

GEAR UP The Intravision team at OCE Discovery 2015.

Here’s more on how SPEEDWAY’s Gear Up track supports our clients. What does your company do, and why does it matter?

Founder:

2014/15 SUCCESSES

“We design and build LED lighting systems for biological growth of

COLLEEN SIMMONS

plants, fish, algae and even seaweed. Our lights provide the required

IG Client Since: June 2014

spectrum of light for the specific time of growth.”

Mentor: Bob Ilmonen

• • •

Jobs Created: 2 Which IG services have you used and how have they supported

Built infrastructure Attended trade shows Secured multi-million dollar projects

Sector: Clean Tech

your business growth?

INTRAVISION.CA

“We have benefitted from the coaching and mentoring, and

@INTRAVISIONLS

participated in many classes and workshops. The networking has been a huge help. It was great to be at OCE Discovery 2015 with so many companies from Guelph.” What makes Guelph and its business community special? “Guelph is a great city to work in – it’s not too big, and not too small. Having the University of Guelph and Innovation Guelph here provides so many resources for startups.”

darn hard. It requires wearing a lot of hats even when some fit better than others.

Being an entrepreneur is…

Most likely to… “light up the sustainable indoor farming world.” Future Plans: ”Total world domination – of the lighting world!”

BLUEW.ORG

BLUEWORG

Founder:

across Canada and the

EVAN PILKINGTON

United States

IG Client Since: October 2013

Established prospective

Mentor: Mark Goldberg

partnerships with the

Jobs Created: 1

largest drinking water

Sector: Clean Tech/Tourism &

bottle manufacturers

Culture

and professional water associations in North America

2014/15 SUCCESSES

17

Changed our definition

Grown from 7,000 refill

of success from national

locations in Canada to more

expansion to include global

than 20,000 refill locations

goals

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Founders:

2014/15 SUCCESSES

WHITNEY DOUGLAS &

AMANDA WOODHOUSE IG Client Since: December 2014

farmer’s markets

Mentor: Monica Schut

Product available at over 25 retail stores across

Jobs Created: 2 Sector: Food and Beverage

Vendor at 3 local

Southwestern Ontario

First retail location will be opening in June 2015 in

REFRESHJUICECO.COM REFRESHJUICECO

beautiful downtown Guelph

Sponsors of VegFest Guelph

@REFRESHJUICE

and VeggieFest Hamilton in

@REFRESHJUICE

summer 2015 Which IG services have you used and how have they supported

What does your company do, and why does it matter?

your business growth?

“We founded [RE]Fresh Juice Co., Guelph’s first and only cold

“The IG Master Class: Elevated Brand Messaging gave us incredible

pressed juicery, on the belief that you should not have to choose

insight into how to position ourselves for a variety of demographics

between convenience and health. Our juices are blended with great

and markets.”

taste in mind, nutritionally balanced to help you look and feel your best, and conveniently delivered to your doorstep.”

What makes Guelph and its business community special? “Amanda and I are both born and raised Guelphites so may be a little biased on this: Guelph has the perfect mix of old and new, legacy and adventure, creativity and elegance.” Being an entrepreneur is… “like a riding a roller coaster. With every high comes a low. Each day is entirely different than the one before and the learning is endless.” Most likely to...

turn people off food entirely. #drinkyoursalad Future Plans: ”To open five more shops in the next three years.”

What does your company do,

“blueW.org has attended

affordability. As a new start-

Being an entrepreneur is…

and why does it matter?

several workshops, enlisted the

up company, my office space

”way more fun than I imagined.”

“blueW.org is essentially a

help of IG business mentors,

costs have been manageable

promise – that wherever you

and rented co-working space at

and my family costs of living

Most likely to… “need more

are in the world you won’t have

IG. All of these elements have

are all reasonable, meaning

staff right away. Seriously.”

to pay for a drink of water when

led to improved confidence and

the real-life pressure of income

you are thirsty.”

beneficial connections.”

generation is motivating - but

Future Plans: “To use this

not crushing. I could make

article to ask readers if they’re

Which IG services have you

What makes Guelph and its

blueW.org happen only because

looking for a new job? Call

used and how have they

business community special?

I could afford to try, thanks to

me…”

supported your business

“From a business perspective,

being in Guelph.”

growth?

I appreciate Guelph for its Innovation Guelph Volume 1, 2014/15

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SUPERCHARGER SUPERCHARGER IS AN ELITE SPEEDWAYTM TRACK AVAILABLE TO A SELECT GROUP OF HIGH POTENTIAL COMPANIES, AND/OR GEAR UP COMPANIES WHO SHOW CONSIDERABLE DEVELOPMENT.

THE INITIAL COHORT OF SUPERCHARGER COMPANIES INCLUDED:

IG PROVIDES: DURING THE 2014/15 YEAR, TWO ADDITIONAL COMPANIES Embedded executive who

WERE ADDED TO SUPERCHARGER:

provides up to 10 hours of specialized service each month 90-day business development cycle focusing on key goals Exclusive opportunities

October 2014

January 2015

to connect with service providers, attend special events, and pitch to investors *Estimated value of $20,000 to $40,000 per year 19

Here’s how the Supercharger track has accelerated our clients.

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President & CEO: PHIL WHITING IG Client Since: February 2011 Mentor: Mark Goldberg Jobs Created: 10 Sector: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing 2014/15 SUCCESSES

• •

First revenue in 2014

More than 40 customer trials underway

Angel investment in 2014 and Series A investment in 2015

10 employees hired in Guelph

What does your company do, and why does it matter? “Mirexus has developed the world’s first safe and natural monodisperse nanomaterial – Phytospherix – derived from locally grown sweet corn. This material offers the promise of better cosmetics, enhanced foods and nutraceuticals, and improved human and animal health – all from a natural material.”

201 4 Inn ova tio n Gu elp h Award rec ipi ent!

Founder:

Provided over 1,500 consultations to clients

RADE KOVACEVIC IG Client Since: July 2011 Mentors: Mark Goldberg,

Raised $3.2M in investment

Acquired an equity

Jamie Doran

stake in CannScience

Jobs Created: 11

Innovations Inc.

Sector: Life Sciences and

Opened 3 Solution Centres (Guelph,

Advanced Health

Hamilton, Ottawa)

Which IG services has your company used and how have they supported your business growth? “Mirexus has mostly used business coaching and networking support

2014/15 SUCCESSES

MEDCANNACCESS.COM MEDCANNACCESS

@MEDCANNACCESS

from IG. This has resulted in numerous important contacts – and helped develop and implement our business strategy.”

What does your company do, and why does it matter? “MedCannAccess helps clients navigate the process of

What makes Guelph and its business community special?

accessing medical cannabis products, improving the quality

“There is great support for agri-derived businesses in the Guelph area.

of life for persons with a wide range of conditions including

Being close to the University of Guelph is critical to Mirexus. We have

chronic disabilities and terminal illnesses.”

access to world-class researchers and equipment, and most of our new hires have come from the University of Guelph.”

Which IG services has your company used and how have they supported your business growth?

Being an entrepreneur is... “a curious blend of insanity, passion and

“IG’s workshops have been useful to increase the skillsets

adventure – and great fun if you don’t mind uncertainty.”

of our staff in a timely and efficient manner, and business coaching has helped bring experience and expertise into our

Most likely to... “become the world’s first business success in natural

company’s development, filling knowledge and skills gaps.”

nanotechnology.” What makes Guelph and its business community special? Future Plans: “To grow to a large multinational based in Guelph.” A few members of the Mirexus team at work in their Guelph lab.

“Guelph has a uniquely collaborative business community, fostering interdependence, innovation, and most importantly a positive environment.” Being an entrepreneur is... “always interesting.” Most likely to...

stir the pot.

Future Plans: ”To not get caught in the weeds trying to scale.” Innovation Guelph Volume 1, 2014/15

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SUPERCHARGER Our Supercharger companies help fuel IG’s startup community with inspiration and motivation. workshop has provided our organization with great networking opportunities. People that invest in their learning are the type of people we like to work with, and IG has given us a platform to meet other like-minded business people in our community.” What makes Guelph and its business community special? “Intrigue Media operates in over 20 communities and Guelph is by far the most inclusive and supportive community we have experienced. The range of industry – from tech to entrepreneurship to agriculture, the arts, and academia – makes this business Founders: PAUL DEMARCO,

2014/15 SUCCESSES

ROBERT MURRAY &

Formalized our Leader

STEFAN WIESEN

Building program, designed

IG Client Since: June 2013

to build leadership at Intrigue

Mentor: Steve Barrett

Media

Jobs Created: 13 Sector: Digital Media & ICT

• • •

INTRIGUEME.CA INTRIGUEMEDIA

Achieved $1 million in revenue Added new team members New Services: Phone Call Tracking & Linkedin Flash Ads

@INTRIGUEMEDIA

Reached 250 TVs in our Video

community diverse in perspective.” Being an entrepreneur is... harder

than you think.

Most likely to... “use cats as the forefront of our marketing message.” Future Plans: “To bring world class marketing to organizations across Canada and become the leader of community marketing in Canada!”

Advertising Network

What does your company do, and why does it matter? “We empower leaders to strengthen community. We believe that organizations are the vehicles people use to accomplish their goals and dreams in life. We strive to make that vehicle operate more

Founders:

efficiently, so our clients can spend time with their families, at their

KEITH DOMENICUCCI AND

cottages, and doing what they love knowing that we’ve got their

ROBERT DI MANNO

backs and are working to help ensure they accomplish their goals!”

IG Client Since: February 2014 Mentor: Steve Barrett

Which IG services has your company used and how have they

Jobs Created: 2

supported your business growth?

Sector: Digital Media & ICT

“Steve Barrett has brought a remarkable amount of insight and value to Intrigue Media, from ideas for revenue generation

LOCKITSOLUTIONS.COM

to management to people selection and retention. Every IG

LOCKITSOLUTIONS @LOCKITSOLUTIONS

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2014/15 SUCCESSES

Secured over 200 acres of quinoa for 2015

Founder: JAMIE DRAVES

planting, including trials in Manitoba and

IG Client Since: July 2012

Saskatchewan

Mentor: Steve Barrett

Jobs Created: 3 Sector: Food & Beverage

Obtained additional funding and research projects

Successfully pitched on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and currently in the final stages of

K ATAN.CA K ATANKITCHENS @K ATANKITCHENS

due diligence with Vikram Vij

Continuing to secure funds to develop a processing facility in Northern Ontario

What does your company do, and why

connecting us with industry professionals. IG

consumers and new enterprises that seek

does it matter?

has been instrumental in the development

common goals. ”

“Katan Kitchens is an innovative, health food

of our pitch and exposure to multiple

enterprise that produces and processes

investor audiences. IG has been the conduit

Being an entrepreneur is… “a lot of hard

local, high quality Superfoods for the ‘food

to receiving the Embedded Executive

work and perseverance, but worth it when

for health’ market. Katan has emerged as

Award which allowed us to realize our

you see your hard work turn into success! “

a leader in the research and development

business potential, and have played a role in

of quinoa in Ontario, based on the realized

supporting our business planning process. “

need and demand for a consistent, local

Most likely to… “diversify Ontario agriculture with innovative Superfood crops.

supply of quinoa that is of high quality,

What makes Guelph and its business

purity and traceability. “

community special?

Or get hate letters from David Chilton. “

“Guelph is a community that embraces

Future Plans: “To supply North American

Which IG services have you used and

innovative and new ideas for business

and global markets with quinoa and other

how have they supported your business

creation and expansion, especially involving

superfoods of the highest quality and purity

growth?

food and agriculture. There is a strong

worldwide, or die trying. “

“IG has helped to increase our network by

connection between ‘food for health’

2014/15 SUCCESSES

Which Innovation Guelph services has

to lend a helping hand. Without the support

Launched on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and

your company used and how have they

and motivation from the Guelph community,

Apple Watch

supported your business growth?

we wouldn’t have been able to achieve so

Ranked as one of Canada’s leading

“Our team has absorbed a tremendous

much in so little time.”

password managers

amount of knowledge from many of the

Began our international expansion into

resources available at IG. Our mentor helped

Being an entrepreneur is… “being an

the United States, the United Kingdom,

shape our business strategy, provided us

artist. Your imagination has conjured up

Australia, and New Zealand

with valuable networking opportunities

something amazing and your dream is to

and new leads for funding. The amazing

share it with the world.”

• • •

What does your company do, and why

workshops that IG holds are essential for

does it matter?

any startup looking to learn from industry

Most likely to... “change the way

“Imagine never having to remember

leading professionals.”

people protect their private information

passwords, account numbers, or credit

worldwide.”

card info ever again, and having complete

What makes Guelph and its business

confidence that your private info will stay

community special?

Future Plans: “To be the coolest, most

private. This is the vision behind Lockit

“When we think of the Guelph business

innovative employer in Guelph – the one

Password Manager and Digital Safe, your

community, we think family: there for you

that encourages employees to take charge

personal “safety deposit box” in the cloud.”

through thick and thin, and always willing

and challenge the status quo.”

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FAST LANE IN OCTOBER 2014, IG LAUNCHED FAST LANE™, SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL’S INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (NRC-IRAP). A new track on the IG Speedway™, Fast

TM

management challenges, cost savings,

Here’s how Fast Lane has transformed SMEs in Guelph. TM

technical obstacles, talent recruitment, and branding and marketing. The pilot Fast Lane™ program exceeded targets established by the NRC-IRAP, engaging more than 40 companies. The program will continue through the 2015/16 fiscal year as IG evaluates licensing opportunities to organizations who want to offer this powerful program.

Lane™ is IG’s first fee-for-service program and was created specifically for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) facing growth or scale-up challenges.

FAST LANE™ QUALIFIERS To be accepted into Fast Lane, companies must meet three criteria:

The Fast Lane™ program serves SMEs by linking them with industry specialists and consultants hand-selected by IG’s client services and mentor teams. Industry specialists work directly with companies to help them set short-term goals and develop an action plan for tackling specific challenges and opportunities, such as process efficiency and optimization,

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Approaching or greater

Employ

Based in agri-tech, food

than $1 million

10 to 500 people

and beverage, technology,

annual revenue

manufacturing, or other growing or emerging sectors

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What does your company do, and why

What makes Guelph and its business

does it matter?

community special?

“Our company manufactures prepared

“Guelph is situated at the intersection of

foods made from organic and farm-

agri-food expertise and at close proximity

direct ingredients, which include kimchi,

to the best farmland and technology in the

sauerkrauts, soups, and entrées. Our

country.”

products address the important challenge of enabling consumers to access healthy whole foods

Founders:

made in a sustainable manner and

CAROLINE PILON &

presented in a convenient way.”

JOSHUA WHITEHEAD IG Client Since: November 2013 Mentor: Mark Goldberg Jobs Created: 8 Sector: Food & Beverage 2014/15 SUCCESS

• • •

Achieved profitability Received investment funding Registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Interprovincial trade

Which IG services has your company used and how have they supported your business growth? “The business coaching service through IG has helped us set clear goals on the path to success, and also meet important

Being an entrepreneur is...

being just the right kind of crazy. Most likely to... “exceed its own expectations.” Future Plans: “To be the preeminent supplier of prepared foods made from organic and farm direct ingredients.”

milestones. Our mentor helped us navigate the daunting world of investment pitching and helped us achieve profitability. We also participated in the Fast Lane program – which was extremely helpful for our sales

“The Toronto Star called our kimchi ‘magic in a jar’.”

and marketing initiatives – and attended a workshop on brand messaging.”

Founder, President & CEO: CAROLINE BOLDUC IG Client Since: February 2015

2014/15 SUCCESSES

What makes Guelph and its business

We successfully moved into a 6000 sq.ft.

community special?

facility and expanded our pet services

“Farming is an integral part of Wellington

Grew revenue by 59% over the previous

County, and working with local farms and

fiscal year

supporting them has been a key part of our

Expanded our business to western

business model.”

• •

Canada

Mentor: Niel Palmer

Being an entrepreneur is... “waking up

Jobs Created: 20

BOLDCANINE.COM

every day and knowing that you are in

Sector: Agriculture

BOLDCANINE

charge of your destiny, it’s being able to

@BOLDCANINE

handle the highs and the lows, often in the same day, and still stay focused on your

What does your company do, and why does it matter?

vision.”

“We manufacture all natural raw foods for dogs and cats and distribute it to retail stores across Canada. Not only do we provide the best nutrition for our family pets, we also support our local farms by purchasing our raw materials locally and hiring locally. We provide pet care, grooming, dog training, daycare and a retail store to the local community in Erin, ON.”

Most likely to...

be chased by dogs.

Which IG services have you used and how have they supported your business growth?

Future Plans: “To be the leading raw pet

“Working with our mentor Niel Palmer has helped us organize our manufacturing plant to be

food in Canada.”

more efficient, by implementing a kanban system, putting policies and procedures in place, and creating budgets for each department.” Innovation Guelph Volume 1, 2014/15

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WOMEN’S ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROJECT IN MARCH 2014, INNOVATION GUELPH ANNOUNCED IT WOULD LEAD A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT TO CREATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS IN GUELPH AND WELLINGTON COUNTY. Alongside project partner The O’Halloran Group, the Women’s Economic Advancement (WEA) Project has focused on connecting with women across the province to listen, design and pilot new programs and resources to help women discover and explore their entrepreneurial power.

The goal of the WEA Project is to grow the number of women-owned businesses in Guelph and Wellington County from 19 to 30% by 2025.

Innovation Guelph was able to pursue this project thanks to a $149,000 grant from the federal Ministry of Status of Women.

SUPPORTED BY

PROJECT PARTNERS

An agency of the Government of Ontario Un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario

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PROJECT TEAM • Kristel Manes, Project Lead, Innovation Guelph

• •

Maddie Webb, Innovation Guelph Heather Watterworth, Innovation Guelph

FROM MAY TO SEPTEMBER 2014, THE WEA PROJECT TEAM UNDERTOOK RESEARCH TO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES, BARRIERS AND CHALLENGES

• • •

their experiences, expectations, strengths and needs. This phase of the project engaged more than 300 women from across Ontario. Participants were between the ages of 25 and 65, from both urban and rural areas, in six key sectors:

Women Entrepreneurs 67%

Women Living with Low Income 17%

Women in Career or Life Transition 34%

Women Living in a Rural Community 9%

Women Who Have Immigrated to Canada 19%

Women in the STEM Sector 11%

Alison Govier, The O’Halloran Group Jacqueline De Guzman, University of Guelph

FACED BY WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND WOULD -BE ENTREPRENEURS. We assessed and inventoried local programs and gaps, and heard from women about

Tanya Darisi, The O’Halloran Group

We most gratefully acknowledge the contribution of our advisory committee. We are also indebted to all the women who shared their time, experiences and insight with us during our community forum and focus groups. ADVISORY COMMITTEE • Indu Arora, Entrepreneur • Jolly Bedi, Entrepreneur • Sly Castaldi, Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis

Anyone who lives or works in the region knows it ’s a hub of innovation, creativi ty and collaboration. We’re harnes sing that energy to grow the number of women-owned busines ses in Guelph and Welling ton County. - Kristel Manes, WEA Project Lead

• • •

Victoria Coates, GWIN Erin Doherty, Conestoga College Olga George-Cosh, Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre

Linda Hawkins, Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, University of Guelph

Ella Henderson, Local Immigration Partnership

Melanie Lang, CBaSE, College of Business & Economics, University of Guelph

• • • • • •

Cherolyn Knapp, Nelson, Watson LLP Robin-Lee Norris, Miller Thomson LLP Janet Roy, Guelph Chamber of Commerce Monica Schut, Entrepreneur Laurie Scott, Entrepreneur Falahat Sheikh, Canadian Council of Muslim Women

Erin Skimson, Catalyst Centre, University of Guelph

Project Partners Tanya Darisi (The O’Halloran Group) and Kristel Manes (Innovation Guelph) at the first WEA Project community conversation,

• •

Carol Tyler, REAP Ontario Hilary Van de Kamer, Miller Thomson LLP

Geetha Van Den Daele, Entrepreneur

May 2014. Innovation Guelph Volume 1, 2014/15

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WOMEN’S ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROJECT

THROUGH SMALL GROUP AND COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS, WE IDENTIFIED FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO WOMEN’S SUCCESS, INCLUDING THE SUPPORT SYSTEMS THAT LAUNCH AND PROPEL THEIR BUSINESS VENTURES FORWARD.

It was clear that confidence would be a powerful theme to develop Innovation Guelph’s 3rd annual International Women’s Day event and community celebration. On March 10, 2015, Innovation Guelph hosted more than 400 attendees at the River Run Centre for Ignite. Empower. Innovate – Exploring the Confidence Connection. This motivational networking event featured a dynamic

We found that both the drivers and barriers to women’s economic

line-up of local business and community leaders, and

advancement can be characterized into three pillars:

entrepreneurs from Guelph and Wellington County (including WEA Project lead Kristel Manes) speaking on

FUNDING & FINANCES

confidence and its powerful connection to personal and

This pillar captures financial issues related to

professional success.

launching and running a business, including securing

Attendees remarked that the event not only inspired

funding and financing, as well as accessing financial

them, but motivated them to empower themselves,

advice and being financially literate.

embrace confidence and pursue their dreams.

SKILLS & NETWORKS

community, and had the highest number of attendees

This pillar relates to fundamental business skills,

ever for an IG event.

The event raised the profile of the WEA Project in our

including access to training and skill development opportunities, as well as coaching and mentoring. It also includes building strong networks and supportive relationships. WORK & LIFE This pillar captures the importance of recognizing and nurturing the whole person, including balancing family, social interests and self-care with the demands of work. In addition to their needs in each of these pillars, women spoke clearly about the power of self-confidence. Confidence provides everyone with the ability to take risks, build social networks and invest in their ideas. Participants identified the need to support this sense of confidence in themselves and each other.

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The goal of The Ignite Award program is to create an opportunity that’s currently missing in our region. This award will not only provide the critical funding that women entrepreneurs need to finance their businesses, but also the mentoring and business coaching they need to grow them long term. - Tanya Darisi, The O’Halloran Group

T THE IGNITE AWARD IS THE FIRST PROGRAM TO EMERGE FROM RESEARCH COMPLETED ON THE WOMEN’S ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROJECT. At our annual International Women’s Day event, Innovation Guelph and our partners were thrilled to announce The Ignite Award, a program that will build ongoing support

The Ignite Award applicants at an application

and networks for women entrepreneurs in

information session, April 2014.

Guelph and Wellington County, supporting them at key stages of their development. In order to provide cash awards to local women entrepreneurs, Innovation Guelph successfully crowdfunded $30,000 in seed funding. IG is particularly grateful for substantial contributions from Meridian Credit Union; Scotiabank (St. George’s Square); Linamar;

Where We’re Going THE NEXT STEP IN THE PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP SOLUTIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO BETTER SUPPORT WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS- OWNERS.

Guelph Women in Networking; and both the Community Engaged Scholarship

During two “design jam” days in January 2015, community leaders and new project

Institute at the College of Social and Applied

partners helped to create program concepts and ideas to advance women’s

Human Science and the College of Business

economic and social wellbeing.

+ Economics and CBaSE at the University

Thanks to an additional $225,000 grant awarded by the Ontario Trillium

of Guelph which helped us reach our

Foundation in March 2015, Innovation Guelph will create additional pilot programs

crowdfunding goal.

that build on the key findings from our initial research and grow the ideas generated

Applications for The Ignite Award are currently being reviewed and recipients

through the design jams earlier this year. The project will also be rebranded later this year with a new name and logo to

will be announced at a community event in

gather support for the initiative, build awareness, attract new partners and sponsors,

fall 2015.

and move us closer to the project’s ultimate goals: by 2025, 30% of businesses in Guelph and Wellington County will be women-owned, generating prosperous communities and improved wellbeing for all who work and live within the region. Innovation Guelph Volume 1, 2014/15

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INTRAMURALS

Partnerships & Collaborations

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THE UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH’S CENTRE FOR BUSINESS AND STUDENT ENTREPRENEURSHIP (CBaSE) AT THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS IS AN ON- CAMPUS CENTRE THAT OFFERS STUDENTS OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE IN APPLIED PROJECTS AND DEVELOP NEW AND EXISTING BUSINESS IDEAS. For more than three years, Innovation Guelph has collaborated with CBaSE to foster entrepreneurship at the university and within the City of Guelph. As a strong proponent for youth entrepreneurship and

CBaSE Hub company founders Tariq Ahmed (Revel Cider Company)

industry-academic partnerships, IG teams up with CBaSE to pursue

and Brittany Burek (The Custom Tea Company) with Ahren Brunow,

new opportunities, ideas and initiatives that build awareness of

Business Enterprise Manager, CBaSE, and Melanie Lang, Director,

entrepreneurship as a career path.

CBaSE, at the OCE Discovery 2015 conference.

In previous years, IG staff and mentors have acted as panelists for CBaSE events, co-sponsored the Bigger Picture lecture series and provided feedback on CBaSE student projects. With the launch of CBaSE’s The Hub Incubator Program in May 2014, IG mentors now provide direct, one-on-one business coaching and invaluable insight to student entrepreneurs. In September 2014, we also teamed up with CBaSE for Startup Royale, Guelph’s first pitch competition for young entrepreneurs, which will return annually. IG and CBaSE are also working together to create stronger educational programs to better service more new entrepreneurs and share resources to lower costs. Two new programs will be based on Starting Lean, a startup training method developed by Steve Blank. The two programs will be a three-week starter course (ideal for graduate students and professors) and a 12-week new entrepreneur course. This approach will better service students and community members who are considering starting a company, but lack basic business skills and entrepreneurial knowledge.

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CBaSE has been able to expand its program and service offerings to students, businesses and community members due in large part to the mentorship, insight and partnership we have with Innovation G uelph. - Melanie Lang, Director, CBaSE College of Business & Economics, University of G uelph

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Founders: JASON ERNST & TOM HUMMEL

What does your company do, and why

and Computer Science) as well as a culture

IG Client Since: June 2013

does it matter?

of collaboration with other faculties

Mentor: Steve Barrett

“Redtree has created the Redtree Hydra -

and disciplines that leads to interesting

Jobs Created: 2

the first computer for robots that makes

exchanges of ideas.”

Investment: $280,000

it easier, faster and more affordable to

Sector: Advanced Materials &

design, build, program and use robots. It

Being an entrepreneur is... “about

Manufacturing

will enable the robotics revolution that

following our dreams. Being our own

will let us finally see robots doing unsafe

boss, following the problems we feel

2014/15 SUCCESSES

jobs, keeping our streets clean and safe,

are important and bringing our vision to

and improving our lives.”

the world are why we started our own

Raised more than $300,000 in

company. It’s really exciting working on

funding

• • • •

Created three versions of our

Which IG services have you used

something that other people are willing

prototype

and how have they supported your

to invest in, that other people are willing

Received extensive customer

business growth?

to work for (sometimes even for free), and

feedback

“We’ve made extensive use of business

that ultimately people will buy with their

Significantly reduced production

coaching and networking from IG, but

own hard-earned money.”

costs

early on some of the workshops were also

Began partnerships with 10+ projects

very useful.”

Most likely to: “Be seen on a mountain bike as often as we are in the lab. We love

at universities and companies across North America

What makes Guelph and its business

to mix our hard work and long hours

Received coverage in several large

community special?

with intense physical activities that are as

media outlets including the Montreal

“Guelph’s business community is special

extreme and fun as working on robots.”

Gazette

because it feels like a community. People are very encouraging and willing to spend

Future Plans: “In the short-term we will

REDTREEROBOTICS.COM

time to help without any expectation of

be launching a crowdfunding campaign

REDTREEROBOTICS

reward. The University of Guelph has a

that will get the Redtree Hydra into the

@REDTREEROBOTICS

very applied focus (at least in Engineering

hands of anyone who wants to design, build, program or even play with robots. In the medium- and longer-term we’ve got a bunch of amazing projects where the Redtree Hydra will power enterprise level applications doing everything from automated agriculture, natural resource discovery to tele-presence and security/ policing.”

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INTRAMURALS

Partnerships & Collaborations

Founders:

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RICHARD PREISS & ANGUS ROSS IG Client Since: September 2014 Mentor: Mark Goldberg Jobs Created: 2 Sector: Agriculture Technology ESCARPMENTLABS.COM ESCARPMENT YEASTLABS @ESCARPMENTLABS 2014/15 SUCCESSES

Completion of the CBaSE Hub program, where we tested and validated our business model.

Purchasing and setting up our equipment.

Producing and delivering our first pro

areas where we are inexperienced such as

Company to produce two tea beers: an earl

brewery sized pitch of yeast!

legal work.”

grey porter, and a hibiscus saison!”

What does your company do, and why

What makes Guelph and its business

Being an entrepreneur is… “a more

does it matter?

community special?

intense learning experience than any job or

“Escarpment Yeast Laboratories provides

“There is a sense of community, belonging

degree.”

fresh liquid yeast to Canadian craft brewers.

and opportunity for collaboration at IG

This matters because Canadian breweries

and in the business community in Guelph

are seeking out local ingredients with local

that doesn’t always exist elsewhere. We

flavour.”

wouldn’t exist without support from local breweries (Wellington Brewery, Royal City

Most likely to...

Never shave our beards.

Which IG services have you used and

Brewing), and the highly collaborative

how have they supported your business

business community in Guelph has led to

Future Plans: “To culture yeast from maple

growth?

many potential collaborations. For example,

trees, in search of the ultimate Canadian

“The mentorship provided through IG has

we collaborated with Royal City Brewing

beer. “

been extremely helpful, offering advice in

and fellow IG client The Custom Tea

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INNOVATION GUELPH IS THE LEAD PARTNER IN THE GUELPH INNOVATION NETWORK (GIN), A COLLECTIVE OF 11 BUSINESS SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE AGREED TO WORK COLLECTIVELY TOWARDS SUPPORTING BUSINESS GROWTH IN GUELPH AND THE SURROUNDING AREA. The focal point of the GIN is Guelph, with partner and organizational nodes stretching from Cambridge, through Guelph-Wellington County and up to Orangeville in Dufferin County. Together we work to leverage our thriving business ecosystem and resource network to grow overall prosperity for our region. The vision for the GIN is to assist in the development of 100 small and medium-sized enterprises with 10 or more employees and more than $5 million in annual revenue by 2025.

GIN Partner Organizations

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Partnerships & Collaborations

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FOLLOWING UP ON THE INTEREST AND SUCCESS OF OUR NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL FILM SCREENING AT THE BOOKSHELF CINEMA IN JULY 2014, INNOVATION GUELPH CO - CREATED B CORP BOOTCAMP WITH GUELPH SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS GROUP, B LAB AT MARS DISCOVERY DISTRICT, AND ERIN DOHERTY, SUSTAINABILITY INSTRUCTOR AT CONESTOGA COLLEGE. This four-part lecture and learning series,

Court Desautels of The Neighbourhood

entrepreneurs and make Guelph the B Corp

which ran in January and February 2015,

Group, among others.

capital of Canada, Innovation Guelph has

was the first of its kind in Canada. the

Participants included students from the

provided partial funding to companies with

series explored the main pillars of the

University of Guelph, Conestoga College,

core team members under 30 to help cover

Benefit Corporation assessment and helped

the Guelph business community and

the cost of legal fees and certification.

participating companies of all sizes and

Innovation Guelph clients.

stages prepare for the certification process. Speakers from businesses currently

Several Innovation Guelph clients

The B Corp Bootcamp also highlighted a need for strategic counsel as companies

who attended B Corp Bootcamp are

work through the certification process.

doing social good in Guelph provided

currently working through the intensive

Erin Doherty was brought on board as

inspiration, encouragement and advice

B Corp certification process – including

an IG mentor to help companies meet

on becoming a more socially and

FLOW Office Wisdom, Something Green

stringent B Corp requirements.

environmentally sustainable enterprise.

Bridal Boutique, Grey Rock Clothing Co.,

Stay tuned for updates as we work

Speakers included Bill Barrett of Planet

Happenate, Innovative Cloud Cats, Sweet

toward making Guelph the B Corp capital

Bean, Marie Zimmerman of Hillside Festival,

Temptations Cupcakery and Sourdough

of Canada!

Crista Renner of Conestoga College and

Ontario. And, in an effort to support young

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Founder: APRIL BURROWS IG Client Since: September 2012 Mentor: Erin Doherty Jobs Created: 9 Sector: Education 2014/15 SUCCESSES

Increased our team to 9 dedicated and inspiring individuals

Surpassed our 2014 revenue goal by almost 50%

Given more than our commitment of 10% of revenues back to our partner organizations

Created and hosted the first Hooping for Hunger event (and met our goal of raising $10,000) FLOWOFFICEWISDOM.COM FLOWOFFICEWISDOM

ASSIGNMENT: MAKE GUELPH THE B CORP CAPITAL OF CANADA

What does your company do, and why

a good idea of the small business landscape

does it matter?

in Guelph. We were able to use the space at

“FLOW Office Wisdom is a triple bottom

Innovation Guelph for our business launch

line social enterprise that serves small and

as well, which helped us to increase our

medium-sized enterprises and not-for-profit

profile in the community.”

organizations by being able to fulfill all the essential back office functions needed for

What makes Guelph and its business

growth, stability and effectiveness.

community special?

FLOW provides organizations access to

“Guelph is a community that supports

a team that is passionate about providing

its own. There is such a great network of

administrative services in areas such as

business people that authentically want

bookkeeping, marketing, social media,

to see others succeed. Starting a business

grant writing, HR, project management,

that is committed to environmental and

administration, event planning and more.

social responsibility could have been a huge

Having the FLOW team step into the gaps

challenge if we had launched in a city other

allows organizations to keep things flowing,

than Guelph. The business community here

develop in areas that were constantly put

embraces positive change, and even rallies

on hold, and ultimately focus on building

behind helping to make it happen.”

their business and doing their part to make positive change in the world.” Which IG services have you used and how have they supported your business growth? “We have made use of many of Innovation Guelph’s services, including business coaching, workshops, use of the space, and

Being an entrepreneur is...

Fun, exciting, AN D not for the faint of heart! Most likely to... ”Take a field trip to Madagascar.”

networking. The business coaching has

GUELPH

helped to keep us accountable to goals we

Future Plans: “Triple bottom line world

are striving to reach and has resulted in

domination.”

some referrals. Both the networking and the workshops we have taken part in have provided so much information, and given us

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SPIRIT COMMITTEE The unique combination of expertise and talent of our Board of Directors, Staff and Mentors are what keep Innovation Guelph on track to success. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

IG Founder

BRIAN COWAN

JAMIE DORAN

J. PAUL HAYNES

KIRK ROBERTS

Board Chair

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Principal

Innovation Guelph

eSentire Inc.

Tyrcathlen Partners

IG Founder BOARD ALUMNI

ERIN SKIMSON

MARK STODDART

LLOYD LONGFIELD

RANDALL HOWARD

Director, Catalyst Centre at

Chief Technology Officer &

Mentor

General Partner

University of Guelph

Executive Vice President of

Innovation Guelph

Verdexus

Sales and Marketing, Linamar

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IG Founder

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STAFF

JAMIE DORAN

KRISTEL MANES

PEGGY DIX

Chief Executive Officer

Director, Innovation Centre &

Chief Financial Officer

Most likely to... Have a big idea.

Women’s Economic Advancement Project

Most likely to...

Extracurriculars: Art Appreciation,

Most likely to... Make stuff happen.

Get a hole in one (liner).

Leadership Team, Mathletes,

Extracurriculars: Advocacy Committee,

Extracurriculars: Golf Team,

The Mentorship Band, Yearbook Club

Leadership Team, Keepin’ It Real Club

Mathletes, Yearbook Club

KEVIN BOON

SASHA ODESSE

HEATHER WATTERWORTH

Client Services Manager

Client Services Associate

Outgoing Marketing & Communications Specialist

Most likely to... Practice Tai Chi at his desk.

Most likely to...

Most likely to... Pursue entrepreneurship.

Extracurriculars: Fruit Club,

Prank her colleagues.

Extracurriculars: Fruit Club,

Meditation Council, Messy Desk Club,

Extracurriculars: Art Appreciation,

Messy Desk Club, Student Council,

The Mentorship Band

Fruit Club, Yearbook Club

Yearbook Club

MADDIE WEBB

SNOW CONRAD

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Front of House Coordinator

Graphic Designer

Most likely to...

Most likely to... Wonder what

Make you take a fitness break.

she’s gotten herself into.

Extracurriculars: Advocacy Committee,

Extracurriculars: Art Appreciation,

Fruit Club, Wellness Committee

Fruit Club

Staff Photos: Chris Tiessen

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SPIRIT COMMITTEE Mentors STEVE BARRETT Most likely to... Speak Italian in the office. Extracurriculars: European Languages Club (President), Hospitality Club, The Mentorship Band

Steve is extremely helpful in getting us meetings with the Golden Triangle Angel Network and Angel One, and gave us great advice about how to prepare for them. - Jason Ernst, RedTree Robotics KEVIN BOON Most likely to... Provide comic relief. Extracurriculars: Fruit Club, Meditation Council, Messy Desk Club, The Mentorship Band Innovation Guelph is: “Skilled at building trusting relationships with clients, community partners and other innovation centres. We strive to be flexible in our thinking, and to hire the best talent, whether they’re part of our core team or our team of mentors. We have a mix of baby boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials – and believe it or not we get along and work well together. We do our best to keep it fun!”

ERIN DOHERTY Most likely to... Inspire you with positivity. Extracurriculars: Advocacy Committee, Sustainability Society

Erin is helping us through the B Corp certification process, including finding two students to help with the process. Plus a grant to cover the costs!

- Kris Braun, Happenate

JAMIE DORAN Most likely to... Encourage you to consider entrepreneurship as a career. Extracurriculars: Art Appreciation, Leadership Team, Mathletes, The Mentorship Band, Yearbook Club Innovation Guelph is: “A really special place to work. Our team cares so much about the work we do in the community and the companies we coach.”

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MARK GOLDBERG Most likely to... Invite you to band practice. Extracurriculars: Angling Team, Science Society, The Mentorship Band

Mark has made some great conn ections for us. He wants us to be successful and puts in the extra effort. - Julianna van Adrichem , Guelph Solar BOB ILMONEN Most likely to... Make you realize you should have studied more. Extracurriculars: Debate Team, Energy Conservation Crew, Engineering Society Innovation Guelph is: “A very special place. It operates within a community of neighbours who are especially invested in a wide range of science, technology and social initiatives. There is no place in Canada as holistically dedicated to innovation than Innovation Guelph.”

Is there a mentor of the month award that I can nominate Bob for? - Colleen Simmons, Intravision

LLOYD LONGFIELD Most likely to... Live tweet from a meeting.

Extracurriculars: Cycling Team, Energy Conservation Crew, Engineering Society Best IG Moment This Year: “Seeing engineers from two businesses connect through Innovation Guelph to turn over 1 million pounds of scrap plastic into a ‘next generation’ plastic part. Innovation Guelph acted as a connector, helping both businesses and the planet at the same time.”

NIEL PALMER Most likely to... Hang out in IG’s co-working space. Extracurriculars: Angling Team, The Mentorship Band Innovation Guelph is: “A collaborative, cohesive team that possesses a diverse range of skills, personalities and business backgrounds. I enjoy being part of an organization that efficiently provides real, tangible benefit to the community and the local economy (and enjoys doing it).”

MONICA SCHUT

Monica was extremely motivating and was able to give me perspective, as well as various ideas for resources and business processes.

Most likely to... Make you feel important.

- Lauren Duffield ,TEIM Empowered Inc.

Extracurriculars: Advocacy Committee, Art Appreciation Best IG Moment This Year: “This year I worked with a client who had previously been uncomfortable with leadership and decision-making in her business. And then one day – after a few months of hard work on herself and in her business – I discovered a new tone in her voice which was deeper and had real strength in it. She had finally found clarity, confidence and focus that were hers now to own. What a privilege it is to work such great entrepreneurs!”

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CHEERLEADERS Sponsors, Partners & Funders

IG acknowledges and is grateful for the support and collaboration of the following organizations.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING

MINISTRY OF RESEARCH AND INNOVATION/ MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TRADE AND EMPLOYMENT

Ministry of Research and Innovation

Business Acceleration Program

Special Projects Grant for the First

Speedway™ Supporter

Canadian Global Impact Competition

An agency of the Government of Ontario Un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario

Women’s Economic Advancement Project

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Women’s Economic Advancement Project

Fast Lane™ Supporter

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CORPORATE SPONSORS

PROGRAM PARTNERS

CONNECT GUELPH PORTAL PARTNERS

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Innovation Guelph continues to provide excellent customer service and guidance and is particularly supportive in helping us focus on our goals in order to achieve results. Jamie Draves, Katan Kitchens IG has given us a platform to meet other like minded business people in our community. Rob Murray, Intrigue Media IG is a great hub for connecting with resources and services, and throug h networking events such as Startup Drinks. - Brittany Burek, The Custom Tea Co.

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e to g e il iv r p a it r e I consid ith be associated w ssional e f o r p ’s h lp e u Innovation G team. e iv t c e f f e ly h and hig r o t n e M IG , r e - Niel Palm

IG’s helpful and friendly staff are available and proactive to our needs. -Keith Harris, Troll bridge Creek

Innovation Guelph has an amazing team that is both knowledgeable and genuinely helpful. They care about their clients and about the Cit y of Guelph’s new business infrastructure. Holly Haller, Studios FM

You guys are doing great things.

THANK YOU!

Nathaniel Groendyk,NGTronix Inc.


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