100% digital Empowered Startups Platform coming to a university, startup support organization or R&D facility near you

100% digital Empowered Startups Platform coming to a university, startup support organization or R&D facility near you

VANCOUVER, Sept. 25, 2019—Empowered Startups has launched a state-of-the-art online training and reporting platform for universities, startup organizations, and research and development facilities around the world.

Naheed Henderson, Empowered Startups, CEO – Global Accelerator, said, “We realized that there was both an opportunity and a need for a scalable digital version of the successful startup programs we were delivering globally in a classroom, and developed a comprehensive virtual training program.

“Using Lean methodology Empowered Startups Platform (ESP) allows users to transform an idea into a validated business model. The digital interface helps solve the challenge that most institutions are faced with—limitations in physical space, capacity and staff resources to deliver programs—and makes it easy to accept train, evaluate and report on early stage startups.”

ESP also helps to bridge a huge gap in the research and development world, enabling academics and researchers to effectively and efficiently launch their innovative ideas and products into viable business markets.

Organizations like the British Columbia Institute of Technology Student Association and Inria, the French National Institute for the digital sciences, and Invest in Grenoble-Alpes are using ESP and are already reaping its benefits. “The intuitive ESplatform facilitates the productive collaboration we are looking to foster in order to grow our international entrepreneurship initiatives,” said Véronique Péquignat, Director – International Initiatives, Invest in Grenoble-Alpes.

“Empowered Startups’ unique digital startup training platform is leading the way in delivering accessible, cutting edge virtual training and tools to both experienced and aspiring global entrepreneurs,” said Sean Lumb, Director of Life Science Venture Portfolio, [email protected], University of British Columbia.  He added, “All participants are certain to complete this guided and mentored journey feeling prepared and inspired to launch their idea into a real business or a change-maker opportunity.”

Learn more about ESP and request a demo at esplatform.ca.

New user-friendly app provides detailed digital maps

New user-friendly app provides detailed digital maps

Whistler, BC – ULLR Maps Ltd, a digital adventure mapping company, has launched its first adventure maps of Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain. The app, now available for download, uses advanced cartography to provide detailed, topographical maps of the mountains plus real-time GPS pinpointing. The concept of this app was invented in Whistler, Canada, and has been brought to market in time for the 2017/2018 ski season.

One of the most impressive and differentiating features of the app is its real-time GPS pinpointing which provides precise GPS coordinates and re-orients with the skier. Visitors who are new to the mountain, local legends and every other mountain user will enjoy being able to track and find their friends at any moment.

The app also has safety features including an information screen where you’ll find your current location (coordinates) as well as the local agency responsible for rescues, including ski patrol and SAR. The user-friendly app also includes colour-coded maps which show the difficulty level of runs, as well as information such as ski lift locations.

“ULLR is the Viking God of snow and the honorary god of Whistler so the name is very apt. While the first maps are of Whistler and Blackcomb, we plan to branch into other locations and other adventure sports. We are already investigating other areas in the Sea to Sky Corridor, and I see applications for adventure sports such as biking, kayaking, kite surfing in remote areas like mountains and oceans where traditional maps don’t provide the kind of detail adventurers need,” shared ULLR Maps co-founder, Louis-Vincent Gave.

ULLR Adventures Maps offer easily-accessible and intuitive interactive maps to a wide demographic and are designed for everyone to use. This app will bring together like-minded people while offering an aspirational, global platform to entice people to seek adventure. You can learn more about this app at www.ullrmaps.com plus download the app in the App Store or Google Play.

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Blair Kaplan Venables
604-838-4234
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www.ullrmaps.com

Empowered Startups partners with Design 1st to launch three new businesses in 2017

Empowered Startups partners with Design 1st to launch three new businesses in 2017

Empowered Startups has partnered with Design 1st, a Canadian leader in innovative hardware product design, engineering and manufacturing set-up.  The two companies will bring three new products to market in the fall of 2017.  The new products targeting a variety of sectors, were conceived by three entrepreneurs recently selected by Empowered Startups. Empowered Startups, a leading Canadian Incubator, sought out the expertise of Design 1st because of its proven track record in helping clients de-risk and launch over 500 electronics products into diverse markets. “We run a distributed incubator model where we partner with expert talent across Canada to complement the build and launch of our startups,” said Amber Allen, Director, Empowered Startups. “Design 1st brings a one-stop hardware product design, engineering and supply strategy experience to our business team. Our search for a reliable and creative full service team that will lead the development process led us to Design 1st and we are excited to work with them.”

This joint venture represents a powerful partnership for entrepreneurs looking to transform their ideas from concept to market. As an Incubator, Empowered Startups has gained a reputation for working with entrepreneurs to test the market, secure early adopters, and provide funding support. The company also leverages its strong network to successfully bring new products to market. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Empowered Startups to support Canadian product innovation working with international clients and markets,” said Kevin Bailey, President of Design 1st. “Empowered Startups is a great fit for our team, sharing Canadian values and expanding our retail, commercial and medical design engineering process.”

Empowered Startups selected several entrepreneurs who moved to Canada on the country’s Start-up Visa Program. Their ideas and skills contribute to the Canadian economy by creating new jobs for Canadians, providing Canadian manufacturing opportunities, as well as advancing research and innovation. The entrepreneurs have been heavily involved in every step of the process and will contribute their local expertise in selling the new products in their home countries.

About Empowered Startups

Empowered Startups is a leading Canadian Incubator for high-potential entrepreneurs wanting to sell internationally. We partner in business with talented Canadian and international entrepreneurs and execute a proven methodology to commercialize ideas. The team of mentors works with entrepreneurs to validate the business viability of an idea, test the market and customers, as well as secure funding and early adopters. The company offers infrastructure, on-site mentorship, access to technology, access to capital, and close relationships with university labs to build companies that can scale internationally. For more information, visit www.empoweredstartups.com.

Contact

Paul Girodo
Director
Empowered Startups
[email protected]

About Design 1st

Connected hardware product design is a high risk business –  unless you have a design partner who has done it successfully many times before. Design 1st is one of the largest, most experienced hardware product design firms in Canada, with over 500 projects, 20 years, and 130 client patents. Our user-centered design, engineering, electronics, firmware, and manufacturing setup experts work as a cohesive team to transform your idea into a winning product. Our broad range of skills and experience allows us to tackle any project, anticipate challenges, find novel solutions to tricky problems, and guide you all the way to manufacture ready.  Visit www.design1st.com or contact via phone at +1 877 235 1004.

Contact
Ian Kayser
VP, Sales
Design 1st
[email protected]