EDL of­fer­ing boot­camp for en­trepreneurs

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS -

Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Leth­bridge has an­nounced plans to launch a new 13-week boot­camp to give lo­cal en­trepreneurs tools to help their busi­ness plans be­gin­ning next week.

The pro­gram is de­signed to help start-up en­trepreneurs, or es­tab­lished mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity look­ing for a re­fresher, de­velop ro­bust busi­ness plans in an in­ter­ac­tive, class­room­style set­ting.

“Since we launched the tec­connect+ED part­ner­ship last fall, we’ve learned that par­tic­i­pants who are part of a con­tin­u­ing pro­gram, where they are com­mit­ted and ac­count­able, have a greater like­li­hood of sus­tain­able suc­cess on their busi­ness de­vel­op­ment jour­ney,” said Re­nae Bar­low, EDL’s vice-pres­i­dent of En­trepreneur­ship and In­no­va­tion, in a re­cent news re­lease.

Dur­ing the 13-week boot­camp, par­tic­i­pants will learn from in­dus­try ex­perts, build a re­la­tion­ship with a co­hort and ac­cess tools to fin­ish the pro­gram with an ac­tion­able busi­ness plan in place. While the pro­gram is de­signed to be con­tin­ual, for those look­ing for a quick brushup on spe­cific top­ics, sin­gle-ses­sion reg­is­tra­tion is also avail­able.

The pro­gram is part of the tec­connect+ED series of pro­grams cre­ated in part­ner­ship with the Re­gional Net­work of South­ern Al­berta (RINSA) with sup­port from the Al­berta En­trepreneur­ship In­cu­ba­tor pro­gram, a $10-mil­lion, two-year pi­lot project de­liv­ered through Al­berta In­no­vates to fund en­tre­pre­neur de­vel­op­ment and men­tor­ing sup­port pro­grams in ex­ist­ing or new in­cu­ba­tor spa­ces across the prov­ince.

The boot­camp runs from Tues­day to Dec. 11 at the tec­connect cen­tre for en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion. Visit

tec­connect.ca/up­comingevents to reg­is­ter or con­tact Mika Nakashima at mika@choose­leth­bridge.ca for more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing sub­sidy op­tions.

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