2010 Ottawa Technology Venture Challenge

Ottawa’s hi-tech community gathered for the 10th annual Technology Venture Challenge (TVC) on May 12, 2010. Started in 2000, the TVC is Ottawa’s most prestigious competition for encouraging post-secondary science students to act on their innovative ideas. From a starting point of over 20 teams in January, the event featured three finalist student teams, from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, presenting their business case to an audience of technology executives, academics and local industry experts including Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien. Design 1st president, Kevin Bailey was among a […]

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2010 Vancouver Olympics: A Look at Innovative Design

The 2010 Vancouver Olympics showcased the creative design talent Canada has to offer. These Olympic Games provided designers, architects and engineers countless opportunities to exhibit their talent and innovation.  Whether it was the sustainable design of the Olympic medals, the engineering challenges of the torch or the artistic architecture of the podiums, Canada’s creativity shone through. Olympic Medals: The Olympic medals embodied the concept of sustainable design using end-of-life electronics for material procurement. Teck Resources harvested the gold, silver and bronze from circuit boards of old computers melting it down […]

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Canada’s 2010 Budget & Small Business Funding

The government of Canada's 2010 Budget was released on March 4th, within it were various provisions impacting Canadian small business funding. The largest being a $100 million investment from CEAP (Canada Economic Action Plan) to help small business with their innovation and commercializing efforts. The $100 million investment will be administered through the NRC-IRAP (National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program ) and help Canadian small business develop innovative technologies and commercialize them on the global marketplace. At Design 1st, we have directed various clients to the NRC-IRAP […]

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Great Product Idea?? Here’s How to Cash In

"Design 1st sees trust as the main ingredient in product development" -  Ottawa Business Journal The main ingredient to successful product development isn’t silicon, its trust. There are common practice rules of invention and a real requirement for trust between a product development team and the ideas person when creating and developing new inventions to bring to the market. The process starts with a great idea.  In the case of Standard Innovation, a careful process was followed between the Design 1st product development team and the inventor Bruce Murison of […]

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Design 1st Wins Intel Competition

Design 1st used the latest tools and a little innovation to demonstrate the basics of a day in the life of product design.  Intel sponsored a Canada-wide design competition asking companies to share what they do and how they differentiate themselves from their competition. Selected as the Grand Prize Winner from 120 entries, Design 1st receives a $10,000 prize which they will donate to the OttawaTechnology Venture Challenge (TVC). TVC is celebrating their 10 year anniversary as Eastern Ontario's most prestigious competition for encouraging and mentoring post-secondary students to act […]

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