Entrepreneurship program gets cash
‘iion does amazing work to encourage homegrown innovation’
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.
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.