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Innovation Cluster and Peterborough Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario Showcase Innovation And Engineering Achievements of the Region - 2019-02-05
The Innovation Cluster and the Peterborough Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario held a press conference to reveal a new display at the Innovation Cluster’s incubator, that showcases local achievements in engineering innovation. The press conference was held within the Innovation Cluster’s lobby at 10 a.m. on February 5.
With the new case displayed at the Innovation Cluster, the public will be able to see the innovation created in the region over the years. The case currently holds various engineering award plaques, engineering journals, innovative product creations and more.
Michael Skinner, President & CEO of the Innovation Cluster, Peter Hynes, P.Eng. Treasurer of the Peterborough Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario and Marcelo Sarkis, P.Eng. past Co-Chair of the Peterborough Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario and founder of Prima IP attended and spoke at the event.
Skinner noted the case will be a display of recognition for past, present and future engineering achievements.
“Peterborough has many engineers creating innovation and a solution for problems, and we are very excited to be able to showcase this innovation happening in the community and look forward to adding more achievements in the future,” says Skinner.
Hynes thanked the Innovation Cluster and Sarkis for making the new display possible, highlighting the three-year relationship between the Cluster and the Peterborough Chapter.
“The Peterborough area has a rich history of engineering, and through this display case we would like to put a spotlight on some of those engineers, as well as highlight the innovations of up-and-coming engineers,” says Hynes.
As past Co-Chair of the Peterborough Chapter of Professional Engineers Ontario and founder of Prima IP, an intellectual property services agency, Sarkis spoke on the impact Peterborough has made as a community to innovation.
“Engineers contribute to providing a better life and a better society, and Peterborough has been a very rich community, in terms of innovation and innovators,” says Sarkis.
Sarkis also noted between 1902 and 1992, over 583 patents were granted to Canada General Electric, naming professional engineers in this community as inventors.
The case will remain on display to the public in the lobby of the Innovation Cluster, with new awards to be added in the future.
Innovation Cluster and Trent University Celebrate New Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation Centre With Open House and Event Announcement - 2019-01-17
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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The Innovation Cluster – Peterborough and the Kawarthas surpassed all targets for 2018, creating a tremendous impact for the economy through the success of local technology startups. Throughout the course of 2018, the Innovation Cluster generated $15,431,351.37 for the local economy, 15 times the set Provincial goal. While having supported 86 startups in total throughout the year, the Innovation Cluster in turn helped to create 171 jobs for the local economy.
“We are pleased to announce the impact we have made throughout 2018,” says Michael Skinner, President & CEO of the Innovation Cluster. “Our targets were set in 2013 by our funders, and with the collaboration and effort between the Innovation Cluster staff, community partnerships, and of course clients, we were able to far surpass that goal.”
Having established over 30 innovation partnerships, the Innovation Cluster has been able to create endless opportunities and connections for startups growing in the region. Of the 86 startups that have been supported in 2018, 46 of those were youth (18 – 29).
“Having close relationships with Fleming College and Trent University has been essential to attracting young, local innovators and keeping them in this region,” says Skinner. “A lot of startup successes and community events has been made possible through these connections.”
Along with Fleming and Trent, the Innovation Cluster has established partnerships that connect startups with easy access to legal advice, marketing, intellectual property, funding and more. Innovation Partners offer one-on-one mentorship as well as free workshops to the Innovation Cluster clients and the Peterborough community.
One of these Innovations Partners is RBC, which sponsors the Innovation Cluster’s Virtual and Augmented Reality Zone inside its incubator. Through this space, the Innovation Cluster has been able to assist its digital technology startups which make up over 50% of the clients it currently supports. Some of the rapidly growing digital clients include video game companies Bloom Digital and Canuck Play, and mobile app developers Kavtek and Ribitt.
Ribitt currently has over 2,000 users on its local shopping rewards app, and is currently working towards expanding past Peterborough and Toronto.
“The Cluster is very helpful because people want to know if your company belongs to an incubator or accelerator,” says Ribat Chowdhury, co-founder of Ribitt. “Your chances of succeeding is higher when you have a collaborative environment and are in a tech ecosystem and that’s what the Innovation Cluster provides us with.”
Having exceeded its goals for 2018, the Innovation Cluster plans to continue growing the startup community in Peterborough. Along with its digital clients, the reserve of clean technology clients also continues to rise. With the help of the Trent Makerspace at Trent University, clients are able to access lab space and research and development equipment. Cleantech Innovation Specialist John Gillis joined the Innovation Cluster team in 2017 to help support and develop this sector.
With digital and cleantech innovations rapidly growing, in 2019 the Innovation Cluster will be looking to grow its healthcare sector to address innovations towards accessibility and aging in Peterborough.
“The startups that have stayed and grown their companies in Peterborough and the Kawarthas and sought help through the Innovation Cluster is what truly sets this area apart from any other city in Ontario,” says Skinner. “The impact made this year has been the greatest to date for startup growth, jobs created and the economic impact it’s resulted in. We plan to keep those numbers on the rise.”
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- Peterborough Tech Startup Ribitt Raises $600,000 in Seed Financing to Launch Rewards Program For Local Shops in New Neighbourhoods.