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    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6G2• P: 204-262-6400

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    President: Shane Li

    24 Aberdeen Avenue
    Pinawa, Manitoba R0E 1L0 • P: 204-753-5170

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    Vice-President: Marney Stapley

    125 Adelaide Street
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 0W4 • P: 204-799-2033

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    University College of the North
    436-7th Street East, The Pas, Manitoba R9A 1M7
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Experimentation in the Lab with PPG Technologies

PPG Technologies is driven by speed – the speed of a vehicle, a golf swing, a baseball pitch and the swing of the bat have all been factors in the tools they’ve had a hand in creating.

Cofounded by Adam Tsouras and Gord Parke, PPG Technologies is a Winnipeg contracting business helping companies turn their ideas into products. Their work spans everything from app and web development to hardware creation and product management.

“We started working on our first product, SkyPro, in 2010,” explained Parke. “Adam Tsouras and I had been building iPhone apps for a year or so, and wanted to experiment with pairing an app to a hardware product.”

“A friend of ours suggested a golf application, and so we tried strapping a sensor board onto a golf club. To our surprise, a YouTube video of this sensor board in action went viral in the golf industry! After going down to the PGA Trade Show in Orlando and meeting with some interested companies, we eventually partnered with SkyGolf, the makers of SkyCaddie, to bring SkyPro to market.”

From there, they moved into being more of a hardware and software development firm. Their most recent project is a partnership with TrapTap, “the world’s simplest Speed Trap Indicator.” TrapTap completed its KickStarter campaign and was launched in November 2016.

“When we first started out, we weren’t aware of North Forge,” Parke admitted, “I wish it had been around in its current form [when we started] — I believe it would have helped us avoid several costly mistakes. My advice to newbie entrepreneurs would be to make sure they’re aware of the resources North Forge can provide, and to take advantage of them.”

The North Forge Fabrication Lab in particular has been instrumental to their company’s hardware contracting work.

“Before becoming a member, we had to send off our designs for electronic circuit boards (PCBs) down to the States to be built. This could be quite costly and take a week or two. With the PCB equipment at the Fabrication Lab, we can build a hardware design in a few hours and at a far lower cost,” Parke explained.

“The North Forge PCB equipment allows us to be more creative and innovative in our hardware design. This is because we are able to iterate so quickly: we can now build an idea, refine it, build a new version, and repeat that a few times in one day. This allows us to experiment with ideas that we’d never even considered with traditional board houses.”

Parke expressed that starting a company in Winnipeg is great for many reasons, but especially for the community. “We have met so many talented people that are genuinely enthusiastic about helping entrepreneurs. I really believe their support and collective wisdom makes starting a company here much less difficult than it otherwise would be.”

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For more than 85 years, Princess Auto has been supplying trade professionals, home mechanics or people who simply love building things with the tools and equipment they need to figure it out – whatever that “it” may be. With a unique assortment of tools, equipment and products, ranging from hydraulics to welding, Princess Auto complements the home improvement sector rather than competing with it.

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The Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship (SCCE) is here to support entrepreneurial activities across the entire University of Manitoba campus. In addition to supporting students at the I.H. Asper School of Business we also support students from ALL faculties across the University of Manitoba – Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campus including: Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Education and more!

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