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.
Pycap Portfolio Company Be-Hive Finalist for China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in Shenzhen
On November 9, 2020 Be-Hive Inc. competed as a finalist for the 4th China (Shenzhen) Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition in Shenzhen. Out of hundreds of applicants from 20 different countries, put through a rigorous screening process Be-hive was within 13 candidates selected to present its technology and business model and compete for $230,000. Although Be-Hive did not win this round, it received an impressive score of 83.44/100 and has received interest from a Chinese institutional investor for further discussion and to explore possible synergies.
Be-Hive is an Internet of Things (IoT) platform company that monitors and tracks environmental conditions and assets for manufacturing, warehousing, food services, agriculture and, commercial building applications using sensors, edge computing and AI.
Be-Hive helps users wirelessly monitor temperature, humidity, critical assets, location and much more without changing your existing infrastructure in a simple, reliable and affordable way.