The Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce hosted a soft landing program in partnership with the Innovation Cluster on Monday September 24, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Venture North Building downtown Peterborough. Through this soft landing program, the BCCC and the Innovation Cluster were promoting Canada and specifically Peterborough to Brazilian companies looking to expand to North America.
Mayor Bennett provided the opening address to the event, noting the economic growth Peterborough has developed over the years.
Michael Skinner, President and CEO of the Innovation Cluster as well as Startup Chair of the BCCC followed the event by presenting the Canadian landscape for business and local ecosystems for startups in relation to the Innovation Cluster and gave a tour of the incubator.
“This launch has provided a great opportunity for Brazil startups to experience the quality of life Canada has, especially in a community like Peterborough,” says Carolina Mangabeira Albernaz, Director Business Development of BCCC. “With Michael Skinner being the Startup Chair for BCCC, the access to innovation becomes much easier for Brazil startups to connect to this region.”
Clients of the Innovation Cluster including Ribat Chowdhury, co-founder of Ribitt, Husayn Dharshi, founder of Transit One and Sanu Somaweera, co-founder of Kavtek spoke about growing their company in the Peterborough region.
The Workforce Development Board published a Mentorship Guide report in August 2018 that displays the top available resources related to entrepreneurship, employment and skill development, highlighting the Innovation Cluster as a main resource in Peterborough.
“Creating a connection between Brazil and Peterborough’s startup community allows for rapid economic growth and innovation,” says Skinner. “Startups in Brazil and Peterborough gain an abundance of new connection opportunities while growing their business.”