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Entrepreneur receives Neuroscience Fellowship

May 2013, Ottawa – CEO and Founder of Virtual EyeSee, Natasha D’Souza, receives the Neuroscience Entrepreneurial Fellowship given by the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) in partnership with Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). D’Souza was awarded the fellowship for her virtual therapy app designed for students with special needs. D’Souza’s fellowship is one of 10 Ontario post-graduate fellowships to help entrepreneurs turn their neuro-discoveries into companies and jobs. 

Neuroscience Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Neuroscience Entrepreneurial Fellowship

Natasha D’Souza, CEO and Founder of VirtualEyeSee.
Natasha D’Souza is an engineer, an award-winning entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of VirtualEyeSee. As a mother of a child with special needs, Natasha knew that there had to be a way to engage her child in learning and practicing the skills they were working on.  Natasha’s thesis for her Masters of Engineering at Carleton University was for the design of a virtual therapy app for children of special needs. Zeely Adventures was designed as a fun and engaging educational tool that encourages independent play through game-based motivation.

Ontario Centres of Excellence Inc.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario’s global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario’s industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario’s Innovation Agenda as a member of the province’s Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their company and create jobs.

Ontario Brain Institute
The Ontario Brain Institute is a provincially-funded, not-for-profit research centre seeking to maximize the impact of neuroscience and establish Ontario as a world leader in brain discovery, commercialization and care. We create convergent partnerships between researchers, clinicians, industry, patients, and their advocates to foster discovery and deliver innovative products and services that improve the lives of those living with brain disorders.

Please contact VirtualEyeSee for more information.

Photo Credit: Ontario Centres of Excellence

Student entrepreneur receives inaugural Nicol Internship

March 2012, Ottawa – VirtualEyeSee CEO and Founder, Natasha D’Souza, receives an inaugural Nicol Internship from the Nicol Entrepreneurial Institute at Carleton University  for her work on a virtual therapy app to support students with special needs.

Nicol Interns 2012

Nicol Interns 2012

“The Nicol interns personify the talent, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of Carleton’s extraordinary students,” said Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. “Mentored by our faculty, they have developed winning strategies for success, not only on campus but in business.”

Natasha D’Souza, CEO and Founder of VirtualEyeSee.

Natasha D’Souza is an engineer, an award-winning entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of VirtualEyeSee. As a mother of a child with special needs, Natasha knew that there had to be a way to engage her child in learning and practicing the skills they were working on.  Natasha’s thesis for her Masters of Engineering at Carleton University was for the design of a virtual therapy app for children of special needs. Zeely Adventures was designed as a fun and engaging educational tool that encourages independent play through game-based motivation.

Nicol Entrepreneurial Institute at Carleton University
The Nicol Entrepreneurial Institute at Carleton University offers up $140,000 in funding each year to support up to 18 student entrepreneurs.  The $140,000 a year will be generated by interest on $3.5-million endowment fun contributed by the Wes and Mary Nicol Foundation and Carleton University.  Income generated by the endowment will support four to six Carleton students each academic term (12 to 18 students a year).

Please contact VirtualEyeSee for more information.