St. John's Rotary Club (Naturals Group) focused on Technology and Entrepreneurship

For its Speakers’ program during  the month of July 2015, the Naturals Group of the St. John’s Rotary Club decided to focus on technology and entrepreneurship, along with the mentoring role of the Genesis Centre at Memorial University. The first speaker was Kris McNeil of Solace Power, a Genesis graduate, who has been working with wireless power transfer and who has been successful in marketing his designs with Boeing, for use in their production of drones. Greg Hood, the new CEO of Genesis, spoke to our Club about how the University can play an important role in mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs and how the it can simulate the highly charged research environment of larger urban areas in which a critical mass of private sector research creates a nursery or spawning ground for technology based entrepreneurs.

On July 23 Angelo Casanas of the Genesis Evolution program will introduce the concept of early stage start-ups and candidates who want to apply to the Genesis Centre to become a client. It is a 5-week intensive workshop to help entrepreneurs identify their markets and validate their idea. At the end of the 5 weeks, entrepreneurs have the opportunity to promote their venture to an industry panel at “Pitch Night.” Angelo will introduce Pitch Night winners Andrew Cook of Seaformatics and Ola King, the founder of Social Circle.

On July 30, Stephen Finn of NOCLAND, a cloud based network management company will talk about how his small company has successfully marketed its products outside the province.

What the Genesis Centre does is to provide supports which enable small companies in Newfoundland and Labrador to build upon their strengths and to access research infrastructure which is normally only accessible in urban research intensive communities, such as Silicon Valley. The Genesis Centre, working with the research community associated with Memorial University, is the means whereby entrepreneurs can build upon the burgeoning high technology sector, particularly in fisheries, ocean science and marine technology.

The St.John’s Rotary Club meets at the Sheraton for lunch, 12:30 for 1 pm on Thursdays. Our Genesis Centre Speakers’ program will continue each Thursday during July, 2015. Rotary welcomes visitors to attend our luncheons. We extend a special welcome to entrepreneurs, mentors, Board members and staff of Genesis.