En­trepreneur­ship pro­gram gets cash

‘iion does amaz­ing work to en­cour­age home­grown in­no­va­tion’

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mc­cha­rles

Fu­ture en­trepreneurs are get­ting a boost in fund­ing to help bring their ideas to mar­ket.

iion in north Bay will re­ceive $330,000 over three years from the on­tario tril­lium Foun­da­tion to ex­pand its en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­gram

nipiss­ing MPP Vic Fedeli made the an­nounce­ment thurs­day morn­ing at his con­stituency of­fice.

“iion does amaz­ing work to en­cour­age home­grown in­no­va­tion and give en­trepreneurs the tools and re­sources they need to suc­ceed,” he said.

“they work closely with the tal­ent we have at Canadore Col­lege and nipiss­ing uni­ver­sity to in­spire young en­trepreneurs and bring new ideas to mar­ket. this is part of our plan to make on­tario open for busi­ness.”

Fedeli said the pro­gram has had a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of more than 200 peo­ple in the nipiss­ing com­mu­nity.

“We want to make it eas­ier for any­one to start a busi­ness, grow a busi­ness and cre­ate jobs right here in our back­yard,” he said.

“in­vest­ments like these are cru­cial to north­ern on­tario’s longterm eco­nomic growth.”

iion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor rob de­line said the fund­ing will help pro­vide en­trepreneurs with an op­por­tu­nity to get ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing.

“they’re work­ing with com­pa­nies who have real prob­lems that are look­ing for real so­lu­tions.”

he said iion also has a 16-week cus­tom en­trepreneur­ship pro­gram that helps match the right in­di­vid­ual with the right in­no­va­tive com­pany, as well as teach busi­ness-minded in­di­vid­u­als skills such as mar­ket­ing and fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy.

Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mc­cha­rles / The Nugget

Maxim Jean-louis, pres­i­dent and CEO for Con­tact North, left, rep­re­sent­ing the On­tario Tril­lium Foun­da­tion, and Nipiss­ing MPP Vic Fedeli make a fund­ing an­nounce­ment for IION, with ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Rob De­line.

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