Imagination Catalyst Fund announces investments in TranQool and Wishpad

Photo of TranQool, Wishpad and the IC Fund Committee
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 5:15pm

Imagination Catalyst Fund directors John Albright and Jeannette Wiltse, both of Relay Ventures, celebrate with Michael Nurse, CEO of Wishpad, and Chakameh Shafii CEO, Saaed Zeinali VP Business Development, and Babak Shahabi VP Product, TranQool.

TranQool, a mental health platform, and Wishpad, a real estate media company, received investments of $40,000 each from the Imagination Catalyst Fund this month. Both companies will use these funds to gain traction with early users as they prepare for raising seed capital in 2017. 

“OCAD U is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets,” said Relay Ventures Founder and Managing Partner, John Albright when Relay Ventures $1million investment helped launch the Imagination Catalyst Fund in 2014. “We are excited to be tapping into the university’s design expertise through these investments.”

TranQool is an online platform designed to disrupt the mental health marketplace. The service matches users with the right therapists and facilitates secure video sessions from the comfort of home.

Wishpad is a big-data driven media platform that curates listings and other content for prospective real estate buyers based on their values, lifestyles and priorities.

Imagination Catalyst is OCAD University’s entrepreneurship and commercialization hub. The goal is to apply design thinking to make lives better, create richer cultural experiences and bring leading-edge innovations to market. The Imagination Catalyst Fund offers seed funding for early stage, pre-revenue technology companies and is exclusively for companies participating in the OCAD U business incubator.  

For more information about companies participating in the Imagination Catalyst incubator, please contact Katherine Roos, Executive Director.

Your Future at Stake: Canada’s Federal Election and the Arts

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 9:00pm to 10:00pm

“...ordinary people...” don’t care about the Arts
-Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

The facts:
- The Harper government has just cut $60 million from Arts and Culture funding
- Harper wants to stop artists he sees as "people with narrow ideological agendas"; "people who are rich celebrities"; "really very fringe groups"

How does this affect YOU?
- Less Support for Emerging Artists
- Fewer opportunities for Canadian Artists & Designers to work on an international scale
- A displacement of Canada's long-time standing as a centre of creativity
- Less funding for Art & Design Galleries and Centres
- An undoing of networks of exchange in the creative industries
- Significant job loss in Canada's strong Arts & Culture economy

VOTE FOR YOUR FUTURE!

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

Find Out More! OCAD hosts an Artists and Designers Town Hall

with Special Guests: The Department of Culture (www.departmentofculture.ca)

You have the right to vote if you are:
-a Canadian citizen
-at least 18 years old on election day (October 14, 2008).

If you have not yet received your Voter Registration Card, it is easy to register. Find out how at http://www.elections.ca/

Venue & Address: 
Room 327, Level 3 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Internal Deadline: SSHRC Standard Research Grant Final Application

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, September 26, 2008 - 9:00pm

Final applications to Research Office for Standard Research Grant

Internal Deadline: SSHRC Standard Research Grant First Draft

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, August 1, 2008 - 9:00pm

First draft of application submitted to Research Office.

Email: 
cpineda@ocad.ca

Internal Deadline: SSHRC Standard Research Grant Revised Draft

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, August 29, 2008 - 9:00pm

Revised drafts submitted to Research Office.

Email: 
cpineda@ocad.ca

Internal Deadline: SSHRC ITST Research Grant Final Applications

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, September 5, 2008 - 9:00pm

Final applications to Research Office for Image, Text, Sound and Technology: Research Grants

Internal Deadline: SSHRC ITST Research Grant First Draft

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, July 25, 2008 - 9:00pm

First draft of application submitted to Research Office.

Venue & Address: 
Room 1512 113 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
cpineda@ocad.ca

Internal Deadline: SSHRC ITST Research Grant Revised Draft

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 11:00am to Friday, August 22, 2008 - 9:00pm

Revised drafts submitted to Research Office.

Email: 
cpineda@ocad.ca

Internal Deadline: SSHRC ITST Research Grant Statement of Intention

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 1:00pm to Friday, June 13, 2008 - 9:00pm

Submission of faculty’s statement of intention to apply for SSHRC funding to the Research Office at Room 1512, Level 5, 113 McCaul Street.
Include a 2 page project overview/outline with budget and a note indicating that the Dean is aware of the application and agrees to faculty submitting research proposal.
Please submit hard copy with researcher’s signature and electronic copy by email to cpineda@ocad.ca

Email: 
cpineda@ocad.ca

Internal Deadline: SSHRC Research/ Creation Grants Final Applications

Friday, May 23, 2008 - 12:00pm to Friday, September 5, 2008 - 9:00pm

Final applications to Research Office for Research/Creation Grants in Fine Arts.

Email: 
cpineda@ocad.ca

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