Fostering Student Entrepreneurship in Windsor
Media Release: Ontario Government
Ontario Partnering with University of Windsor to Create Innovative Programs
January 20, 2015
Ontario is helping student entrepreneurs in Windsor gain business skills, mentorship and hands-on experience to start and grow a business.
The province is investing over $1.1 million through the Campus-Linked Accelerators (CLA) program to build on world-class innovation and entrepreneurial programs at the University of Windsor.
The program at the University of Windsor's EPICentre will work to encourage young people to start and grow a business through entrepreneurship activities and awareness programs on-campus and in the community. It will also support job creation and economic development opportunities in the region and further develop strong ties to entrepreneurial mentors.
The CLA program is part of Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy and is being launched at universities and colleges across the province.
Supporting entrepreneurship -- at any age -- is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
" Helping young entrepreneurs is another example of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy at work in Windsor and across the province. These programs will help harness their ideas, their vision and their enthusiasm and turn them into jobs for today and for tomorrow. Their innovative spirit will build Ontario’s future."
- Reza Moridi
Minister of Research and Innovation
" The EPICentre Campus Led Accelerator is creating a multi-disciplinary hub to support entrepreneurism and innovation, including participation of entrepreneurial mentors. We are grateful for provincial and donor support towards helping create a centre that greatly enhances the capacity of the university to meet their aspirations and supports our shared desire to see education as a pathway to job creation. "
- Alan Wildeman
President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Windsor
" Ontario Centres of Excellence is pleased to be able to deliver these projects as a trusted partner of the Government of Ontario. I look forward to putting our years of experience in connecting academia and industry, and our on-going support of young entrepreneurs in Ontario to good use in making these initiatives a tremendous success. "
- Dr. Tom Corr
President and CEO, Ontario Centres of Excellence
- Almost all postsecondary institutions across Ontario have on-campus entrepreneurship programs (42 out of 44 institutions).
- Ontario is investing $20 million over two years in the CLA program.
- Ontario is also providing more than $5 million over two years through the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities program to support academic institutions that are committed to entrepreneurship on their campuses.
- OCEA and CLA programs are managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence.
- WEtech is the partnering Regional Innovation Centre (RIC) for the University of Windsor. As a member of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), it will act as the conduit between the university and the region’s business community.
- Ontario is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy to help 30,000 more young people from across the province connect with the tools, experiences and entrepreneurial support they need to find employment or start their own businesses.
- More than 24,000 job opportunities have already been created under the Youth Jobs Strategy.