Innovation Cluster

Expectations and Opportunities – Quarterly Breakfast Series Highlights Investment

The Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) hosted the summer edition of our Quarterly Breakfast Series on Friday, June 21, at Fleming College.
This “sold out” event was hosted in partnership with our friends at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce,
GPIC’s Quarterly Breakfast Series is proudly sponsored by Bereskin & Parr LLP, one of Canada’s leading intellectual property law firms, with the support of the Stewart Group and community partners Community Futures Development Board and Workforce Development Board.
This event highlighted the ever-popular topic of investment opportunities for startups and growth companies, and focused specifically on what investors are looking for; their expectations; and types of investment opportunities.
The event was addressed by an influential group including:

  • John Fielding, Regional Director of Business Development, Eastern and Northern Ontario (Ontario Centres of Excellence) – John discussed money available through OCE to prepare companies for angel investment, and how they can match angel investment once made to “de-risk” the investment opportunity.
  • Yves Lafortune, Managing Director, Peterborough Region Angel Network – Yves spoke about what angels are looking for in investment opportunities and what kinds of due diligence, questions, and expectations a company can expect when dealing with angels.
  • Paulette Prentice, Economic Development Officer, Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario – Paulette presented the investment type funds they have for companies in reference to angel investment already in place.

The event was a packed house, with 40 attendees from industry, government and academia in attendance.
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Our next Quarterly Breakfast will take place on Friday, September 21st. Stay tuned for more details on topics and speakers…

Tony Orsi, Patent Agent with Bereskin & Parr LLP, speaking with Andressa Lacerda, Ph.D candidate, Trent University

The Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster is a not-for-profit with a mission to drive innovation-based economic growth and high-tech job creation in the Peterborough region. We operate at the intersection of academic research, science and business to:

  • Leverage the knowledge in our world-class institutional partners: Trent University and Fleming College;
  • Harness the talent of researchers, students, innovators and entrepreneurs; and
  • Deliver public and private funding and investment.

Supported by our core partners – the Ontario Centres of ExcellenceTrent University, Fleming College and thePeterborough Region Angel Network, the Innovation Cluster works to promote industry-academic and industry-industry collaboration as well as to provide support to start-up technology companies and entrepreneurs to help them take innovative ideas and processes to market.