Technology Venture Challenge celebrates 10th anniversary

The Technology Venture Challenge (techvc.org) celebrated its 10th anniversary of promoting student innovation last night with a three student team business case competition with students from Carleton University and from the University of Ottawa.

The Tech Venture Challenge is Eastern Ontario’s most prestigious competition for encouraging post-secondary students to act on their technology business ideas. Established in 2000, participants in the TVC have gone on to start over 40 companies. The competition is run by volunteers from the educational and business communities and is fully funded through sponsorship from leading businesses. The purpose of the competition is two-fold:

1) To promote an entrepreneurial spirit amongst students and encourage them to think about technology ideas from a business perspective by providing them with knowledge, experience and mentorship.

2) To foster relationships between our current successful CEOs and business leaders and our next generation of entrepreneurs.

Last night’s event also featured tributes to, and recognition for the volunteers from the business community who have contributed for five or more years.  Several volunteers, including the co-founders Luc Lalande and Coralie Lalonde have participated in all ten years of the Technology Venture Challenge competition.

  http://www.obj.ca/Technology/2010-05-11/article-1077729/Technology-Venture-Challenge-a-cross-town-affair/1

The Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise office of the University of Ottawa (www.ttbe.uottawa.ca) and the Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (www.ottn.ca)  have been sponsors of, volunteers for, and have student participants in, the Technology Venture Challenge for more than five years.

The winners of the competition will be announced later today

About Ottawa Technology Transfer Network
The Ottawa Technology Transfer Network (OTTN) is a collaboration among academic research institutions affiliated with the University of Ottawa and who's goal is to enhance the economic impact of research commercialization through the sharing of best practices, enhanced market knowledge, student engagement and proactive industrial interation. OTTN members include the University of Ottawa, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institutie (OHRI), the Childrens' Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and the Unviversity of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)

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