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.
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.
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