The Innovation Cluster held its Annual General Meeting at the downtown incubator, The Cube, to announce the impact made towards startups across Peterborough and the Kawarthas over the past year on May 30, 2019.
The Innovation Cluster was originally founded in 2004 as the DNA Cluster, focusing on DNA, forensics and life-sciences to help entrepreneurs develop their practical applications. Over the years, the organization has grown along with its expanded Board of Directors, funding partnerships, staff, location size and the amount of innovation and technology startups supported today.
Now known as the Innovation Cluster – Peterborough and the Kawarthas, the economic/industry sectors it supports have expanded past just DNA research and healthcare applications, to also support digital technology, agriculture technology and a strong focus on clean technology as well in today’s region.
The AGM took place in the 10,000 sq. ft. downtown incubator that officially launched April 2017, where the Cluster showcased its growth as a not for profit in the heart of downtown.
During the meeting, President & CEO John Gillis presented highlights, noting that the organization surpassed all provincially set targeted goals by Ontario Centres of Excellence significantly including companies built, jobs created, and economic impact.
“The support of our dedicated team, board of directors, partners and of course clients are what made these accomplishments possible,” says John Gillis, President & CEO of the Innovation Cluster.
Other speakers included Dr. Neil Emery, Vice President, Research and Innovation at Trent University, Dr. Tom Phillips of Fleming College, John Desbiens, Chair of the Board for the Innovation Cluster and Grant Seabrooke on behalf of Peterborough Region Angel Network.
Innovation Cluster client Dylan Trepanier of Alexander Optical spoke, noting the role the organization has played in his startup to this day. As a client of the Innovation Cluster, the startup commented on the value of the organization in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
“The innovation and growth coming out of the Cluster and support from the region shows that Peterborough and the Kawarthas is the place to be for innovative startups to thrive,” says Gillis.