Laurentian University has hired a full-time entrepreneurship co-ordinator who will build and implement a program to foster an entrepreneurial culture across Sudbury's three post-secondary institutions, in collaboration with NORCAT's Innovation Mill.
“There are so many smart and enthusiastic young entrepreneurs in our midst, with terrific ideas,” said Matthieu Dasys, who will occupy the new position. “We can help them to refine their ideas, test their models and launch viable enterprises, with the support of this program.”
Funded through Ontario’s Youth Job Strategy and managed by the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the On Campus Entrepreneurship Activities program is designed to stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit and cultivate opportunities for innovation in Ontario’s young people.
“This program was created to support students who are seeking to grow and expand new businesses,” said Collège Boréal president Pierre Riopel in a press release. Boréal, along with Cambrian College, has partnered with Laurentian to bring the program to Sudbury.
“The promotion of entrepreneurship endeavors has been recognized as a shared interest among all three post-secondary institutions. Collège Boréal proudly supports all exercises facilitating the partnership and collaboration of educational institutions.”
The program co-ordinator will host boot camps and seminars in business development and funding; guest speakers; internship and mentoring possibilities, and a repository of best practice models. The On Campus Entrepreneurship Activities grant will fund the position from December, 2014 to November, 2016.