KAWARTHA LAKES-The Launch Kawartha Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre officially opened to the public on February 10th.
The centre is designed and anchored by the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corp. (“KLCFDC”) and funded internally by the Kawartha Lakes Business Community Development Corp. (“KLBCDC”). It will provide a space for up to 20 entrepreneurs each year to incubate their businesses alongside the Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas (“ICPK”).
In his opening remarks, Vince Killen, Executive Director of KLCFDC and Launch Kawartha, announced that the new facility is set to host approximately 40 events over the coming year. Recent events hosted at the centre include the induction announcements for the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame and Ministerial roundtables aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs.
Nicole Stephenson, the interim CEO of the Innovation Cluster Peterborough and the Kawarthas, stated, “we are deeply committed to fostering a supportive and collaborative environment for entrepreneurs in the City of Kawartha Lakes. That’s why we are thrilled to sponsor Launch Kawartha and relentlessly work towards our mission of empowering the next generation of business leaders in our community.”
Exciting upcoming events were also announced, including the Intellectual Property “Pizza’s and Patents,” a fun and interactive workshop, and innovation leadership training programs. Additionally, multiple “Fireside Chats” with industry experts are planned, and virtual viewing webinars and events are being developed for the public.
For aspiring entrepreneurs or those in the early stages of developing their business model, the Launch Kawartha Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre offers a FREE collaborative workspace to help grow your business and connect with in-house experts in various business sectors. To learn more, visit: www.launchkawartha.ca.