Trent University’s Bata Library had a grand opening on Friday, Nov. 16 to celebrate the renovated space. Community members, donors, and partners including the Innovation Cluster were present to celebrate the launch. With new features, the library is now a host of the Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Centre located within the library, a collaborated initiative between the university, FastStart Peterborough and the Innovation Cluster.
The centre, which is located at the main entrance of the Bata Library, will focus on supporting students aspiring to enter entrepreneurship right on campus. An Innovation Specialist from the Innovation Cluster will be on site every Friday, and over time skills training, workshops and other events will be implemented.
“The new Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Centre will allow Trent students to have access to community resources on campus that will both bring awareness to entrepreneurship opportunities as well as implement skills training,” says John Knight, Manager, Research Partnerships, Trent University.
The focused landscape for the centre is to build awareness, create inspiration, implement skills training and expand social innovation.
“Through this new centre, students at Trent University will be able to access an environment of entrepreneurship on campus, and have mentorship available to kick-off their initial business planning,” says Michael Skinner, President & CEO, Innovation Cluster.
Innovation Specialist Braden Clark of the Cluster will be present in the centre every Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.