The EPIC Discovery Membership Program has officially kicked-off at EPICentre. The program allows students to validate their ideas before entering further EPICentre programs. Students successfully completing this program will be eligible for the EPIC Founders program run from May – July.
The EPIC Discovery Membership Program is applicable to University of Windsor student entrepreneurs who are at the ideation or discovery stage of their unregistered ventures. These students are responsible for working with the EPIC Entrepreneurs-in-Residence over the course of the program to attain customer validation for their ideas.
The program ranges from 4 months to a maximum of 6 months, dependent on each venture. Intake for this program occurs at the beginning of every school term.
October EPIC Discovery Membership Spotlight:
Kurt Fennema, from Chatham, Ontario is currently a student in 2nd year at the University of Windsor enrolled in Mechanical Engineering. His entrepreneurship interests date back three years to when he was an independent business owner for a telecommunication company where he was introduced to the work ethic, and product/service quality needed for a successful company. Since then, he has been attempting to integrate his aspirations of being an entrepreneur into his field of studies. To date he has designed and fabricated such devices as a solar powered cooler, air filtration system, and a tennis ball thrower. He hopes to continue with this train of thought moving forward but with the intention of progressing to revenue generating designs.
Bonita Loki Teixeira
Bonita Loki Teixeira has been part of many start-ups and underwent extremely high-pressure environments. Her passion and enthusiasm for everything she does helps drive the motto of getting things done at the maximum benefit. She has a mindset with a balance of technical understanding of infrastructure and underlying technologies. Bonita is a graduate of St. Clair College Journalism Program in 2012 where she learned the academic knowledge of convergence journalism and gained a passion for photography and the technology industry. Also, she is in Gender Studies Program with a minor in International Business at the University of Windsor. Most recently, the new media consumer Internet space, driving mass user adoption, traffic and strategic partnerships are her interests. That is why Bonita is Internet savvy and uses a full-range of social media, both professionally and personally in her work. She believes in spreading information openly and honestly. She has satiated her curiosity in an authentic, supportive environment where she got the energy and drive to think of the big-picture and add value to any organization.
Jashanpreet Singh is highly passionate about the technological aspects of the World Wide Web, computer science and related digital technologies. He is very dedicated and very consistent about his ideas and works in a disciplined manner that inspired him to develop “Pickographer”. He has the desire to learn web technologies, which is why he graduated from the highly reputed Lovely Professional University where professional pedagogy of professional Computing Science engineering has inspired a number of inspired young CEOs (Mark Zuckerberg, Satya Nadella). Jashanpreet Singh was inspired by them to become an entrepreneur and satisfy the need of a new effective product that will ease the everyday life. Jashanpreet did his internship in Ohio in IT and in Operational Management that gave him a better vision to learn more about technological business. Later after finishing the internships he started a company in India called “dhustlerz.com” to vision the talent and collaborate with youth in the field of Hip-hop, rap music, singing, videography and photography. Now in Canada he is pursuing his Master’s Degree of Electrical (Computer Science) Engineering from University of Windsor. Jashanpreet is also an employee of Flexxia Corp, where he develops computer science software and innovates digital technology objects related to computer science. He loves his job. Jashanpreet Singh is looking to populate the photography trend and increase talent of photography that is why he is presently working on online photography booking and profiling web application called “Pickographer” (pickographer.com) with a vision of connecting photographers and clients in order to get more variety of product at affordable price. Jashanpreet is looking forward to learning from this experience on his journey for knowledge, competency and innovation. Jashanpreet’s favourite quote is, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination” – Albert Einstein.