COVID-19 Resources

WHAT WE ARE DOING

The Innovation Cluster has decided that as a coworking space, we are going to close both incubator locations in Peterborough and Lindsay until further notice. We know that as a business owner you are concerned about the future of your business and we want to be sure to support you in this uncertain time. The Innovation Cluster continues to monitor and assess new developments pertaining to COVID-19.

FOR OUR STARTUPS

We are committed to providing startups with support in this difficult time. Innovation Cluster startups have been sent emails with detailed information regarding their access to space and services. We will be available by phone, email and other virtual meeting options to support our clients at this time. We encourage all innovation and technology startups to connect with us for support and resources for their businesses.

Calling all innovators!

We’ve partnered with Ontario Centres of Excellence to launch the #COVID19 Collaboration Platform.

The platform is an online portal that allows experts, agencies and companies to engage with collaborators and accelerate their solution to market.

Are you looking for collaborators to innovate? Do you have a solution? Let us know!

The Innovation Cluster helps start-ups find their best path to market by linking together talented people, ideas, resources and know how.

Our services are designed to be responsive to the changing needs of today’s fast-growing, knowledge intensive, technology-led companies. We have an excellent track record of helping startups become successful. The Cube contributes to the growth of a competitive economy and to the wealth and prosperity of our community.

WE OFFER

  • Incubation, so much more than just open-concept office space
  • High-speed internet/WIFI
  • Critical resources + support services provided by our advisors and Innovation Partner network
  • Meeting and conference rooms
  • Coaching/training/networking
  • Workshops to increase your skills and take your business to the next level
  • We have the most up-to-date knowledge about funding opportunities for our clients
  • A strong relationship with the Peterborough Region Angel Network gives our clients direct access to investment
  • Credibility of an incubation program

ONLINE WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

The Innovation Cluster is working closely with its Innovation Partners to both deliver and source workshops that can support your business. The workshops are based on the needs of our clients and the business community. Demand is high, please be sure to register for workshops to ensure your spot.

Essential Resources

Additional Resources

SPARK and the Government of Ontario are connecting volunteers with community response efforts to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Ontario Public Health officials have issued strict guidelines to stay safe. We ask all organizations and volunteers to follow those guidelines and maintain social distance. LEARN MORE.

  • CFIB Business Helpline: 1-888-234-2232
  • BDC Financing and Advice: 1-877-232-2269

The City of Kawartha Lakes is committed to supporting businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kawartha Lakes Economic Development including the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC) is available to support our business community. Even though City of Kawartha Lakes facilities are closed, Economic Development and KLSBEC services are still available by phone and electronically.

We are working closely with our community business support organization and agencies to understand how local businesses are being impacted and how we can all support them.

Contact CKL Economic Development
Email: ecdev@kawarthalakes.ca
Phone: 705-324-9411 extension 1232

Other Contacts
Carolyn Puterbough
Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor
Covering Durham, York, Halton & Peel Regions, City of Kawartha Lakes and County of Peterborough
Business Development Branch
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Cell: 705-928-0471

www.ontario.ca/omafra

Blog: http://onregionalecdev.com/

#TeamKawarthaLakes

The Innovation Cluster is part of Team Kawartha Lakes which includes Kawartha Lakes Economic Development, Kawartha Lakes SBEC, Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce, Lindsay Downtown BIA, Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce, Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce, Impact 32, the Innovation Cluster, Kawartha Lakes CFDC, VCCS Employment Services and OMAFRA Regional Staff.

A full contact list is available on the City’s COVID-19 Business Resource page: https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/living-here/business-resources.aspx

Federal Government – May 25 2020 UPDATE

Small Business Relief Fund announced by Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
A grant opportunity for small business with the Small Business Relief Fund. Applications open June 1st.
Learn more

Applications now open for Commercial Rent Assistance Program

Ontario landlords are being asked to start applying tomorrow.
Apply Now

Ontario Government – May 22 2020 UPDATE

Community Futures Peterborough Now Accepting Applications for Regional Relief and Recovery Fund.
Has COVID-19 negatively impacted your business? Borrow up to $40,000 – interest-free – to help cover your fixed operating costs until you can get back on your feet.
Apply Now

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