The Innovation Cluster and Trent University held an open house for the recently launched Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Centre (ESIC), a meeting hub within Trent’s Bata Library that will foster the development of entrepreneurship culture at Trent University. The open house took place on January 16, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at ESIC on the main floor of the library, where the public and community groups toured the new space.
The open house featured speakers representing those that have assisted in the development of ESIC, including John Knight, Manager, Corporate Research Partnerships, Trent University, Michael Skinner, President & CEO at Innovation Cluster and Scott Mancini, Vice President Commercial, RBC.
Through ESIC, students and aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to meet with Alexandra Kuhne, Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Centre Coordinator at Trent University and Braden Clark, Innovation Specialist at the Innovation Cluster at the centre to gain business mentorship and community connections.
Michael Skinner noted the Innovation Cluster is happy to further support youth entrepreneurship through ESIC. Throughout 2018, the Innovation Cluster supported 46 youth (18 – 29) entrepreneurs in growing their business through mentorship, incubation space, mentorship and more.
John Knight noted the importance of having a centre where students can improve their “soft skills”, a trait that multiple studies over the past year have shown is what graduates lack most in the workforce.
“Entrepreneurial skills can be implemented in any career,” says Knight.
A way to teach these skills will include training programs, made possible by RBC. Scott Mancini, Vice President Commercial of RBC, noted they are excited to support these programs and create meaningful opportunities for young entrepreneurs.
A special announcement was made by John Knight, that ESIC has officially launched the event “Drew Dudley Live at Market Hall”. Dudley, originally from Peterborough, is the Canadian Founder & Chief Catalyst of Day One Leadership, as well as a Ted Talk speaker will be attending Market Hall on February 28 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
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