The community and regional relationships that are so integral to their day-to-day operations also make colleges and institutes natural centres for business networking, mentoring and entrepreneurship. The development of entrepreneurship skills is embedded in curriculum, with specialized courses and programs available to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. Increasingly, institutions are creating campus-based incubators and accelerators and actively collaborating with similar organizations in their communities to provide students and others with the support and services required to develop and launch new businesses.
For example, Georgian College provides mentorship, networking, funding and training for entrepreneurs at it Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre. At Centennial College, the Centre of Entrepreneurship (COE) is part of the Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) offered by the college. The award-winning centre offers incubation and acceleration programs in support of local entrepreneurs. And finally, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) provides free entrepreneurial resources, financial support, professional development and consulting for its students, faculty and staff.
These are only three examples of the many offerings of colleges and institutes across the country to help equip youth with the skills for the future economy.
Read more in CICan’s full submission to the Innovation Agenda here: http://bit.ly/2ebHwvv