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The Innovation Cluster launched a Maintaining Mindfulness as an Entrepreneur series throughout the month of August for its second year to promote practicing self-care to local entrepreneurs.
Self-care is all about improving one’s own health and longevity, and can be broken down into many practices. It’s something that any person should take time for, especially entrepreneurs!
Building a startup is a full time job, which means entrepreneurs often don’t take enough time to put their health first.
Entrepreneurs that ignore self-care can lead themselves into to stress, sickness and failure. Even Entrepreneur.com says so.
So, the Innovation Cluster decided to launch a series where entrepreneurs can practice self-care while at The Cube (our downtown Peterborough incubator for startups)!
Self-care practices are often broken down into these categories:
We kicked off the series to promote physical self-care with Hands-ON: Pilates with The Healthy Sweet Potato! Jessica Dalliday, founder of Pilates on Demand, a local startup in the Peterborough area, led the workshop. The event not only provided physical benefits, but also served as a meditation practice for some!
The second part of the Mindfulness series was led by our Innovation Partner, Legendary Coaching, to promote professional and social self-care! The workshop led participants through practices they can implement within their everyday lives to avoid burnout while growing their business.
The final workshop allowed startups and the public to enjoy time spent with five East Central Therapy Dogs for emotional self-care! Because seriously, who isn’t happy being surrounded by dogs?
According to a report on the startup community by Business Insider, 7% of the general population report suffering from depression, while 30% of founders report dealing with its effects, and more than 50% of those get to burnout. Feeling stressed yourself? Check out some tips on how to manage it HERE.
The Innovation Cluster is always hosting new/free workshops and events for entrepreneurs, students, and the public! Keep up to date with what’s going on HERE!
Peterborough startup Lab Improvements have partnered with the Peterborough Regional Health Centre to develop SlideTrack, a first of its kind digital benchtop system that saves time for lab staff and speeds up patient diagnosis.
The SlideTrack automates the filing and sorting of more than 125,000 slides at PRHC each year – an amount that used to be filed by laboratory staff manually. The robotic system is the first of its kind in the world, and saves hours previously spent going through tissue and cell sample slides.
The SlideTrack’s success has PRHC and Lab Improvements believe the system has potential to improve patient care around the world.
The project was made possible by PRHC and Lab Improvements receiving a $25,000 development grant and a $15,000 procurement grant from Ontario’s MaRS innovation hub.
Lab Improvements is also a client of the Innovation Cluster, the not-for-profit organization that assists technology-based startups in the formation and growth of their companies. Through being a client of the Cluster, Lab Improvements was able to make essential connections in the community and enhance their product development.
“Lab Improvements have been a client of the Innovation Cluster – Peterborough and the Kawarthas since 2014 and have come a long way since their idea was conceived,” says John Gillis, President & CEO of the Innovation Cluster. “The SlideTrack will now put them on the world stage of Health Care.”
Innovation Partner Highlight: Legendary Coaching - 2019-07-30
ABOUT LEGENDARY COACHING
The Legendary Coaching team are passionate about helping people lead themselves and others well. Working with individuals and organizations, they provide leadership coaching, conflict resolution training, business retreats and mediation to help set them up for success!
Legendary Coaching helps champion this process in their clients by: ENGAGING people and their organizations where they are at, EMPOWERING who they are, and INSPIRING the “why” of what matters to them.
ENGAGE: By exploring existing leadership, change and conflict management systems they help organizations uncover fresh and innovative opportunities to achieve the results they want.
EMPOWER: Equipping individuals with emotional wisdom and communication tools that increase the effectiveness of their leadership and help affect positive outcomes in their spheres of influence.
INSPIRE: As they help individuals and organizations explore who they are and why they matter, they discover their passions and become inspired. As a result, a contagious culture appears that draws out the strengths of their team and elevates their performance.
From organizational development to succession planning, Legendary Coaching brings 25 years of diverse business experience to help take you where you want to go. In the realm of mediation and facilitation, they help leaders and organizations understand and work with conflict to improve the quality of their relationships, empower fairness, cultivate innovation and increase productivity and profitability. They also provide workshops and seminars that give participants the tools they need to start applying what they have discovered right away so they can see results.
“We would love to make a difference with you and your team today!”
RYAN SMITH – DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Ryan visits The Cube every month, allowing entrepreneurs easy access to Legendary Coaching’s services!
Ryan is passionate about helping people uncover who they are and why they matter. He loves to come alongside and support people and organizations, helping them reach the fullness of their potential. Furthermore, he desires to see leaders operate from a place of passion in what they do, and workplaces where relationships are protected and empowered.
Ryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, as well as extensive experience mentoring and coaching in the education and non-profit sectors.
Our Innovation Partners have the opportunity to immerse their brand into the Innovation Cluster network, drive innovation and expand their own network. They help companies jump-start their businesses, lay the foundations for future growth, and succeed.
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