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Queen's Return on Investment (Q-ROI) Podcast

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Queen's Innovation Runway (Q-IR) Podcast

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Queen's Return on Investment (Q-ROI) Podcast

Welcome to the Queen's Return on Innovation (Q-ROI) podcast. 

This podcast is about sharing the success stories and lessons learned from experts and entrepreneurs from Queens and Eastern Ontario.

New episodes will be listed here as they are released.

Episodes

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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Episode 9 - Peter van der Velden

Hear Peter van der Velden (2x Queen's grad - M.Sc. in pathology and an honours B.Sc. in life sciences), the Managing General Partner, share the story of Lumira Ventures. Lumira Ventures is a North American healthcare venture capital firm with a two-decade track record investing in transformative biomedical companies.

In July of 2021, Lumira announced a $225M (US Dollars) fund, the largest life sciences focused venture fund ever raised in Canada. Lumira also recently launched the Lumira Ventures Venture Innovation Program (Lumira VIP).

The Lumira VIP is designed for a select and highly qualified group of Canadian students from leading academic institutions who want to gain exposure to life sciences venture capital and start-ups, and are committed to pushing the future of life sciences innovation forward.

For more information, please follow Lumira Ventures and Peter van der Velden on Twitter (@LumiraVentures and @Petervencap, respectively).

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Queen's Innovation Runway (Q-IR) Podcast

Queen's Innovation Runway (Q-IR) podcast

Welcome to the Queen's Innovation Runway (Q-IR) podcast. 

This podcast is about the emerging success stories (startups and small- to medium-sized businesses) from Queen's University and Eastern Ontario.

New episodes will be listed here as they are released.

Episodes

Q-IR - Trailer

Listen to a brief introduction to the Queen's Innovation Runway Podcast (Q-IR, for short)

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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

Listen to episode 1 of the Q-IR podcast now