Youth innovation and entrepreneurship will be celebrated March 21-24 with a variety of events and activities for youth in Niagara.
Entrepreneurship Week is led by Niagara College’s entrepreneurship hub ncTakeOff, the Niagara College Student Administrative Council, Brock University’s BioLinc and the Brock University Students’ Union.
This is the first year Niagara College and Brock University are collaborating on the event.
“There is a dynamic ecosystem of resources in Niagara, working together to support job creation through entrepreneurs who start up new companies,” said Rachel Crane, project manager of ncTakeOff. “The more students are in the know and inspired by this, the greater our chances of decreasing the youth unemployment rate.”
The week of events, workshops, pitch competitions and networking activities aims to expose youth to entrepreneurship and to support student entrepreneurs.
“Entrepreneurship Week is a great opportunity for youth entrepreneurs from across the Niagara Region to celebrate entrepreneurship, meet other entrepreneurs and connect with resources and support available to them in Niagara,” said Brock’s BioLinc coordinator Cassie Price.
The following is a list of Entrepreneurship Week highlights:
Monday, March 21: Self-Employment Fair at Niagara College-NOTL from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Features a showcase of local entrepreneur service providers and Niagara College student entrepreneurs who can inspire and advance your business dreams.
• E-Night at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre from 6-9 p.m. E-Night is a celebration of youth entrepreneurship in Niagara. Entrepreneurs – aspiring and seasoned – are invited to mingle and learn about Niagara’s entrepreneurship ecosystem, and be inspired by speaker and social entrepreneur, Eric Thomas, a critically acclaimed author, world-renowned speaker, and consultant to Fortune 500 companies and major sports teams within the NFL, NBA, and MLB. To register visit, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/entrepreneurship-week- presents-eric-thomas-tickets-22742050084
Tuesday, March 22: Hosted by Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, Innovation Matters is a public panel discussion featuring Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Deborah Rosati and Jason Sparaga. They will speak candidly about all things innovation and entrepreneurship. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will be donated to JA. It runs 11 a.m. to noon at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online.
• Following Innovation Matters, the Brock Innovation Group is hosting Monster Pitch from 1-4 p.m. at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre. The Innovation Matters panelists will judge the annual competition which sees teams of student entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas in front of the judging panel for a chance to win a startup prize package.
Wednesday, March 23: Brock Blueprint at Brock University’s Guernsey Market from 4-7 p.m. Hosted by BioLinc, this is the final round of Blueprint.
• Pitch Perfect Competition at Niagara College-Welland Campus from 6-8 p.m. For the first time ncTakeOff, Student Administrative Council and the Niagara Angel Network present “Pitch Perfect” – a pitch competition for early-stage student-led companies. Visit http://ncpitchperfect.eventbrite.ca to register.
Thursday, March 24: NEXTNiagara Social at Niagara College-NOTL Campus in The Armoury from 5-7 p.m. Meet and mingle with other like-minded students and young professionals.
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