Pycap CEO Stuart Browne was a panelist for the Global Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (GIIE) Summit where he discussed topics related to innovation ecosystems and best practices. Stuart discussed the roles different stakeholders play in creating a startup tech cluster including government, investors, entrepreneurs, universities and service providers. He also described how, as a Canadian, federally recognized designated organization for the startup visa program, the new Pycap Incubator will provide a superior platform for immigrant entrepreneurs to tap into the innovation ecosystem in Canada.
The goal of GIIE SUMMIT was to create a space dedicated to the leaders of collaboration from all sectors from all over the world, to share, discuss, learn and together build a more inclusive innovation-driven economy.
The event was dedicated to bring new trends in the areas of innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship to the global co-creation movement and thus prepare the co-innovation sector for the new challenges that we are already facing and will continue facing in the coming years.
The “new normal” that COVID-19 has brought upon us impacts the economy and disturbs our way of doing things. The objective of the GIIE Summit is for cooperatives´ managers to take stock of the economic situation and to become inspired by the best innovative practices to better serve their members in these changing times.
The summit presented answers and insight to some big issues:
Pycap Venture Partners joins the Business Angels of Slovenia as a strategic partner along with Pycap CEO Stuart Browne as an external advisor.
Business Angels of Slovenia is an angel investment club that connects local startups with angel investors and VC's both home and internationally. We aim to create successful partnerships with entrepreneurs help them with fundraising so they can grow internationally. We envision enabling entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas to access seed funding for their companies in early stages of growth and aim to expand and grow on global markets. We also connect business angels with international investors around Europe and are actively helping to further contribute to the development of the Slovenian and regional Startup ecosystem.
Pycap Portfolio Company CHARGERQUEST partners with Place d'Orleans Shopping Centre to create an urban public EV charging hub
Ottawa, ON: ChargerQuest, a Pycap portfolio company, and Place d'Orleans partner together to create an electric vehicle charging hub with five (5) public EV charging stations installed and many more planned in the future. Place d’Orléans is a beautifully designed regional shopping centre with an extensive selection of retailers to meet the needs of the surrounding affluent market. Anchored by Hudson’s Bay, Sport Chek, Mark’s, Farm Boy and AUB44, Place d’Orléans is one of the largest shopping centres in the Ottawa area. The centre is located in the east-end of Ottawa in the
growing suburb of Orléans. "Place d’Orleans is excited to be working in partnership with Charger Quest to offer five new EV charging stations on site, in keeping with our green initiatives for a better tomorrow." - Emma Martin - Marketing Manager, Place D'Orleans "ChargerQuest is pleased to partner with Place d'Orleans, a remarkable destination for local residents and a great place for EV owners to stop, shop, dine and re-energize their vehicles." Christopher Misch - Founder, ChargerQuest
ChargerQuest (CQ) is Canada's EV Charging Network. CQ owns and operates smart EV charging infrastructure hosted at premier properties, businesses, and high-traffic hubs. CQ leverages the most innovative charging technology, placing electric vehicle
charging stations everywhere YOU want to be.
Pycap CEO Stuart Browne joined numerous other venture capitalists, angels and entrepreneurs to mentor startup tech companies for Together 2021, an international pitch competition in association with the Schulich School of Business as well as Startup India.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and Venture Competition (7-days, week of January 4th, 2021) will feature 50 pairs of inspired student entrepreneurs handpicked from over 17,000+ Indian colleges and 700 + universities as they attempt to innovate across several sectors of national importance to unlock business opportunities fit for the Indian commercial landscape.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Self Reliability, Sustainability, and Social Purpose’, with eight sectors as follows: e-mobility, environment and energy, healthcare, income security and fintech, as well as food and agriculture.
Startup India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, intended to build a strong ecosystem that is conducive for the growth of startup businesses, to drive sustainable economic growth and generate large scale employment opportunities. The Government through this initiative aims to empower startups to grow through innovation and design.
Several programs have been undertaken since the launch of the initiative on 16th of January, 2016 by Hon’ble Prime Minister, to contribute to his vision of transforming India into a country of job creators instead of job seekers. These programs have catalyzed the startup culture, with startups getting recognized through the Startup India initiative and many entrepreneurs availing the benefits of starting their own business in India.
TorontoStarts brought together investors to talk about what the startup investment landscape looks like in 2021 and what startups should be doing differently to get funded.
Panelists included Allison Weil - Hyde Park Venture Partners, Stuart Browne - Pycap Venture Partners
and Alex Morsink - Equivesto.
A key take away from Stuart Browne at the event was that the pandemic has resulted in "investors increasingly preferring more established business models as it will lessen the risk, a necessity considering the added risk in the economy." In addition, Browne mentioned "the new litmus test for entrepreneurs will be what they did during the pandemic - did the entrepreneur adapt successful and find a new opportunity, did they close down their business, or try to wait it out?"
StartupPill Ranks Pycap Portfolio Company ChargerQuest as one of the Most Innovative Companies Specializing in Electric Transport
Pycap portfolio company ChargerQuest is ranked in StartupPill's list of the Most Innovative Companies Specializing in Electric Modes of Transport. Pycap CEO Stuart Browne is also the CFO of ChargerQuest and, along with Chris Misch, one of its Co-founders.
The StartupPill article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Electric Modes of Transport startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Sustainable transport sector and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
CBC Dragons Den investor Vincenzo Guzzo (aka "Mr. Sunshine") will be a guest speaker for Pycap CEO Stuart Browne's MBA class at York University's Schulich School of Business. The course 'Venture Capital & Private Equity' teaches business students about the VC and PE industry as well as how to manage a portfolio, evaluate investment opportunities, and the parameters involved in a transaction.
Vincenzo Guzzo is a Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist and television personality. He currently serves as CEO of Cinémas Guzzo, Groupe Guzzo Construction inc., Guzzo Medical and Guzzo Hospitality. He has become also a restaurateur with the opening of a chain of Neapolitan pizzerias called Giulietta in Montreal. He and his wife raise money for charities through the Guzzo Family Foundation. Guzzo was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, he was knighted by the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and is a member of the Order of Malta.
Guzzo received national attention in 2018 when he joined the cast of the CBC Television business reality show Dragons' Den as one of the investor "Dragons" in season 13 and season 14.
Pycap Portfolio Company ‘Remote Buddy’ Launches Well-Being AI Chatbot Pilot with Schulich MBA Students
COVID-19 has changed the professional work place in which we operate, arguably forever. The remote worker founders of RemoteBuddy.io saw a gap in the corporate well-being market long before the pandemic hit.
Remote Buddy is a pro-active, well-being AI chatbot that checks in with remote employees on a daily basis to support their well-being and encourage positive habits. This will allow employers to see data on a rolling basis so they can make actionable improvements in real time to support their workforce's well-being.
An important stage in every new technology company is piloting the solution with arms length users who can give objective feedback on the product and business, pre-market.
The Schulich MBA Program, Venture Capital & Private Equity class began a pilot project of the Remote Buddy solution last week and will continue to demo the software over a two-week period. They will then give feedback on the product from a user perspective and from a VC/investment perspective on how the company can improve their viability in the corporate wellness market in North America. This is a unique opportunity for the students to get hands on experience with a real-life, emerging tech company for investment consideration.
“Remote Buddy’s technology has great potential to disrupt an industry for social good and corporate profit. If the well-being of people working at home can increase by having the proper supports in place then we will see more creative, productive, and loyal work forces arise at a time in history where innovation and cooperation are critical to the advancement of positive change. From a corporate culture standpoint, Remote Buddy brings hope to employees and employers transitioning to a remote work environment. It’s what good CEO’s should care about.” says Pycap CEO and Schulich Professor Stuart Browne.
Pycap is registered as a Designated Business Incubator for Canada's Startup Visa Program.
The Startup Visa Program, created by the Government of Canada, allows one of the fastest ways for foreign entrepreneurs, their business partners and families to immigrate to Canada. In order for entrepreneurs to qualify, they must be accepted into a Designated Entity such as Pycap.
In addition to facilitating a means for immigration, Pycap's Incubator provides an unparalleled opportunity for immigrant entrepreneurs to launch their company in Canada and access the entire North American market. Each company will receive hands-on support from Pycap’s dedicated team of investors, executive leaders, and analysts providing marketing, technology, financial management, industry research, business development, human resources and guidance on accessing capital.
Pycap Portfolio Company CHARGERQUEST further expands network in Ontario - Rolling out public EV charging stations in Toronto/ Mississauga
Mississauga, ON: In collaboration with Hyatt Place Toronto/ Mississauga Centre, CHARGERQUEST installs publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations at this brand new hotel property. Located at 5787 Hurontario Street, in the heart of Mississauga's business district near Hwy 401, the property boasts modern decor and amenities including a restaurant and stateof-the-art conference facility. The hotel offers contemporary design and an energizing vibe that encourages travellers to connect, collaborate, and socialize over coffee and cocktails.
"Hyatt Hotels continues to provide services and facilities in line with our mission of Care. We care for the environment so that you can be your best! The addition of two EV charging stations bring advanced technology highly appreciated by our guests." - Celso Thompson, General Manager
ChargerQuest (CQ) is Canada's EV Charging Network. CQ owns and operates smart EV charging infrastructure hosted at premier real estate properties, businesses, parking lots and high-traffic hubs. CQ leverages the most innovative charging technology, placing electric vehicle charging stations everywhere YOU want to be.