Q-ROI - Trailer
What is Queen's Return on Innovation podcast?
Hear lessons learned and success stories from innovators and entrepreneurs from Queen's University and Eastern Ontario.
Episode 2 - Dr. Elsbeth Murray
In this episode, Dr. Elsbeth Murray. Key advice, stories, comments and insights from Dr. Murray in this episode:
- Considerations before the startup.
- Finding co-founders.
- Hear the story of the founding of Evandale Caviar.
- Moving forward and iterating to validate business.
Follow Smith School of Business (Queen’s Venture Network) on Twitter @QVentureNetwork
Episode 3 - Anne Vivian-Scott
In this episode, Ms. Anne Vivian-Scott shares the story of Kinarm. Kinarm is a Kingston, Ontario based company founded based on research from the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Scott at Queen’s University that sells robotic instrumentation to help researchers around the world assess patients with brain injuries (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurological disease).
Key advice from Anne in this episode:
- How to recruit talent and form a high-functioning team
- Listen to your customers to define your product development and commercialization roadmaps
- Kingston, Ontario is a great location to build a health technology company
Follow Kinarm’s story on social media: @KinarmLab
Learn more about Kinarm at Kinarm.com
Past present supporters/partners of Kinarm: Queen’s University, , Ontario Centre’s of Excellence, IRAP, FedDev/ Ontario Brain Institute, PARTEQ Venture Fund, and Queen’s Centre for Neuroscience Studies. Kinarm has been instrumental in providing funding to Queen’s through Ontario Research Fund.
Episode 4 - Sir Terry Matthews
In this episode, we re-play an interview with Sir Terry Matthews recorded during a visit he made to Queen's campus.
Key advice, stories, comments and insights from Sir Terry Matthews in this episode:
- Give ownership to employees
- Build products customers want
- Write consistent quarterly reports
- Go global – fast (US is local)
- Be persistent – up to half the time a lost contract can become a win
Follow Wesley Clover on Twitter @WesleyCloverInt
Episode 5 - Alyssa Furtado
Recorded pre-pandemic, in this episode Alyssa Furtado shares the story of Ratehub - Canada's leading comparison platform for mortgage rates, credit cards, GICs, insurance quotes and bank accounts.).
Highlights and key advice from Alyssa in this episode:
- Learn how side hustles can help develop startup readiness skills.
- The importance of listen and talking to mentors/advisors.
- How to scale a team.
Follow Alyssa on social media: @AlyssaJRichard
Learn more about Ratehub: ratehub.ca
Episode 6 - Nadia Tatlow
Hear Nadia Tatlow (Queen’s BAH grad) share the founding and growth story at Shift – a Software as a Service to consolidate email and many other subscriptions in the browser.
Nadia shares words of advice on the following topics:
- Solving a problem team that members were experiencing, initial as a side project
- Defining product-market fit
- Striking the balance between user feedback and addressable market
Follow Nadia on social media: @NadiaTatlow
Learn more about Shift at tryshift.com
Episode 7 - Peng-Sang Cau
Hear entrepreneur Peng-Sang Cau describe the journey from day one to building Transformix to 100+ employees.
Peng’s words of advice in this episode:
- Every startup needs to have a strong focus on sales
- Do not hesitate to think globally and go after the best market for your product or service
- Kingston (Eastern Ontario) can be an ideal location to build a business
Peng also serves as a mentor for a Queen’s University entrepreneurship program.
Follow Peng on social media: @PengSangCau
Episode 8 - Neil Wainwright
Hear Neil Wainwright (Queen’s Engineering & Applied Sciences grad and 8x startup founder) share the founding and growth story of Nexonia – a Software as a Service to track and submit expense reports.
Neil shares words of advice on the following topics:
- Incubation as a side hustle, using consulting or other work to support yourself
- Having a detailed focus on customer success
- Being patient, but persistent – building a startup can take many years
Follow Neil on social media: @neildwainwright
Q-IR - Trailer
Listen to a brief introduction to the Queen's Innovation Runway Podcast (Q-IR, for short)
Episode 1 - Rillea Technologies
In this episode, we hear from emerging success story Rillea Technologies. Rillea has developed a web platform to take chemical safety management (e.g., safety data sheets, hazard identification/control and worker training) to the next level with much better accuracy and relevance and at a fraction of the cost of current practices.
Highlights and key advice from Rob Hallsworth, RilleaTech's COO, in this episode:
- Rillea Technologies is helping organizations get educated, get equipped and work safely with chemicals!
- Hear about an initial challenge of building out a web platform
- Businesses can reach out to RilleaTech via their website (www.rilleatechnologies.com) to learn more about SDS RiskAssist™ and RilleaTech's mission to put confident chemical safety at everyone's fingertips