EPIC Nimble Program

Background Nimble Program

Many small businesses not only in our community but around the world have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020. Their traditional business models are now being challenged as they are not able to operate as usual under strict social distancing guidelines.

Funded by FedDev Ontario, the EPIC Nimble Program was launched in partnership with WEtech Alliance and WindsorEssex Small Business Centre (SBC) to support existing traditional small businesses currently facing challenges in their businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will support participants looking to adopt technology to either create new revenue streams or to pivot to a new business model in order to achieve sustainability and stay competitive in the fast-changing marketplace.

The program is open to any existing for-profit small business in the Windsor Essex region with at least two years of operation. Eligible applicants must propose an innovative idea, describing how the idea can help their businesses achieve sustainability or to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace by adopting technology.

The program is valued at over $6,000 in cash and services, which includes:

  • Up to $4,000 in grant funding on eligible services (**see details below)
  • Tech development work
  • One-on-one mentorship through WEtech Alliance
  • Access to the EPIC Legal Triage team on legal and intellectual property related questions
  • Access to SBC’s programs and services
  • Access to WEtech’s client perks on eligible discounts and credits on various cloud platforms and software

Successful participants will receive up to $4,000 in grants that must be used towards the proposed project. Participants will meet with EPICentre Program Lead to finalize the budget. The use of funds must be directly related to the proposed project. The following is a list of eligible expenses:

  • Tech development costs, including hiring of UWindsor students or consultants in the area of expertise identified (At least 50% of the grant must be used in tech development activities)
  • Marketing costs
  • Equipment, software, materials and supplies
  • Legal costs

By completing and submitting this application, applicants agree to:

  • Be entered into EPICentre’s database and receive relevant information in the future (can opt-out later)
  • Be included in any promotional material and news article published by EPICentre and partners
  • Respect the final decision made by Selection Committee

If approved, participants agree to:

  • Meet with assigned mentor to review the project scope, set project milestones and review progress of the project as required
  • Sign up as WEtech Alliance’s client (free)
  • Review and finalize project budget with EPICentre’s Program Lead
  • Participate in prescribed workshops, seminars and events
  • Be connected with potential students and tech experts in the area of expertise needed
  • Report relevant metrics to EPICentre for reporting purpose up to three years after completion of the program

Application for 2020 is now closed.

  • April 13th, 2020 – Application Opens
  • April 30th, 2020 – Application Closes
  • May 11th, 2020 – Successful Applicants Notified
  • November 30th, 2020 – Program Ends (projects may start anytime after May 8th but must complete before November 30th)
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Contact epicentre@uwindsor.ca with any questions.